Thursday, 30 March 2017

Decadent Walnut Chocolate Spiced Cookies




Sweet potatoes provide the perfect base for these grain-free cookies.

I have a couple issues when it comes to Passover baking;
1. The amount of sugar in every recipe
2. The amount of potato starch in every recipe
I try cutting down the amount of sugar the recipes call for, but always, after eating too many of these cookies (and I always eat too many, cuz they're just not filling), I feel nauseous and sick to my stomach. Plus potato starch is so expensive that I feel bad using too much of it in recipes!

So I set out to make a cookie recipe that doesn't use potato starch and significantly lessens the sugar, using... sweet potatoes as the base


They give the cookies a fudgy, brownie-like texture that works so well with crushed nuts (bought those whole and crushed 'em myself for really cheap! [side point, did you know you can open nuts using pliers if you don't have a nut cracker?!])


Let's talk spices now: Spices are pretty magical with the multitude of health benefits they provide. Cayenne, with it's active ingredient capsaicin, can boost metabolism, help reduce hunger, may lower blood pressure and aid in digestion, relieve pain, improve psoriasis and reduce cancer risk! (Read more about all that here). Cinnamon also has multiple roles in the body, preventing blood clotting during normal blood flow, acting as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the risk of heart disease, helping with insulin release and sensitivity. Cinnamon is also an antioxidant that may be protective against cancer and neurodegenerative disease (check this out for more details). Plus they add so much flavour to foods. Chocolate and cinnamon is a long time combination for wonderful reasons, and chili powder is another combo with chocolate that just works so well. 

I happened to refrigerate these, as I left the house right after combining the ingredients, but honestly I've never done that when following recipes, so I won't judge you if you decide to skip that step.

What's your favorite spice combination? Comment below :)



Walnut Chocolate Spiced Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (about 3 small)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Microwave sweet potato for about 4 minutes (depending on size), until soft
  2. Peel potatoes and mash
  3. Preheat oven to 300℉
  4. Combine all ingredients
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour
  6. Wet hands and form medium sized cookies
  7. Bake for , remove from oven to cool.
Yield: 15 medium cookies.





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