Who says that nourishment can’t come in the form of cookies? Dark chocolate has many great benefits, I’ll highlight a few here. If you buy ones that contain about 70-80% cacao, you’ll be sure to reap these benefits.
- Contains antioxidants ( natural substances in foods that prevent damage to the cells, increase body’s strength to fight back diseases, think of them as part of your body’s defense army)
- Contains Flavenoids- these babies are naturally occurring compounds found in plants and fruits. It’s main function is to protect the fruits from pests. Studies have shown that daily consumption of flavenoids can reduce the risks of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, strokes and cancer.
Both these bad boys together work like a defense army machine. In a controlled study, scientists have found out that antioxident flavonoids in chocolate can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve the elasticity of blood vesssels and may even increase HDL (which is the GOOD cholesterol in you.)
The Catch: Yes, there is a catch. Enjoy your dark chocolate in moderation as it is heavy in fats and carbs and will lead to weight gain if you overdose it. That means … don’t have dark chocolate round the house when your husband or boyfriend is making you sad or angry.
Of course considering the fine whole sourced ingredients, these are gluten free, quite crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.
Now go ahead, make some of these dark chocolate chip cookies and satisfy your soul and your body’s health.
Chewy Choco-Chunk Cookies
Coconut oil spray or Olive oil
1 1/4 C Gluten Free old fashioned oats
1/2 C gluten free all purpose flour
2 tsp flaxseed meal
1 large egg white
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp himalayan sea salt OR regular sea salt
1/2 C raw maple syrup
2 tsp unsalted peanut butter OR almond butter
1/4 dark chocolate chips (70-80%)
1/4 c coconut oil
Make It Yourself:
- Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly spray baking sheets with coconut oil or olive oil spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients—-oats, flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
- In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: maple syrup, egg white, almond butter and vanilla.
- Now, take wet mixture and add to dry ingredients all at once and combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Now using a spoon, scoop out a rounded mound and roll with your hand. At this point you can choose to flatten it or leave it kind of mounded like I did. Lay out the scooped batter on the baking sheet round by round until there is none left. These take about 10-15 minutes to bake or keep an eye on it until it is golden.
- Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a bit.
- Set on the your kitchen counter so your kids or the people walking through your kitchen can have themselves a bite. Sharing is caring!
Want to learn more about dark chocolate and its beneficial effects? Take a closer read at this conducted study called: Chocolate and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review
Cheers to the nourishment of your health in mind, body, soul and spirit!
In love and light,