Updated: Jul 27
I am not going to write a long intro to this post because I am very vocal about how much I dislike the cultural phenomenon of food bloggers posting entire memoirs before their recipes and I mourn the time I've wasted scrolling to get to the bottom of the page just to find the dang recipe.
So I'll keep this short and sweet: Whole oats are a good source of fiber but are also much higher in carbs than most people realize (there's over 50 grams of carbs in just a cup of oats!) These cookies were created to have tons of protein, fiber, and fat in order to balance out the carbs and sugar (thank you flax seeds, almond flour, almond flour, and walnuts!) but they don't taste like "healthy" cookies- they really just taste normal.
I feel like I shouldn't have to say this but I will anyways: Even though these are healthier and much lower in sugar than your average cookie, this doesn't make them a replacement for any meal, especially breakfast! Also, if you eat 1 or 2 of these, depending on your specific sugar tolerance, you might not have any significant blood sugar spike (I have a pretty low tolerance and I was fine with 2 after a nutrient dense lunch) but having 6 cookies on an empty stomach would probably give me a spike (didn't try it out and test it, even though I kind of wanted to.) I always recommend eating balanced nutrient dense meals before anything with added sugar in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and keep your hormones as happy and healthy as possible!
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c almond flour
3/4 c oats (preferably old fashioned, certified organic and gluten free)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (if you can't find them pre-ground just put whole flax seeds in a high speed blender)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon (ideally ceylon cinnamon)
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c low sugar chocolate chips or 1 bar of dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
Maldon sea salt flakes to top, optional
Preheat oven to 180°C or 350°F.
Mix oil and sugar and beat with an electric mixer.
Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add in almond flour, oats, ground flax seeds, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix.
Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and then press them so they're a little bit flatter (they don't spread much on their own, so if you leave them as balls they'll stay in that shape)
Put in the fridge for about 15 min.
Bake for 10-12 min or until just done.
If you make these cookies, make sure to let me know how they came out and send me a pic at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on instagram and tag me @laurenallennutrition!