Updated: Nov 16, 2019
Almond Cacao Balancing Cookies
1 1/2 cup almond flour/almond meal
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 tbsp maca powder
1/2 tbsp shatavari powder
3 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
1 1/2 tsp olive or coconut oil
*organic whenever possible
1/2 bar of vegan chocolate
1 tsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp olive oil
optional: black lava salt for garnish
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all of the dry cookie ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the almond butter, maple syrup and oil gradually until you form a crumbly dough. Fill about 3/4 of the way into mini muffin tins with a spoon, and press them each down firmly into the tins. You can use regular sized muffin tins, as well, or form round balls about 2" in diameter and press down to form cookie shapes. Bake for 13 minutes.
While cookies are baking, melt your chocolate, maple syrup, and olive oil in a double boiler (or a similar setup), stirring constantly. Take off of heat as soon as it is melted entirely.
While still warm, use an 1/8 tsp (preferably metal) to press down into each cookie to make a well. Use the same 1/8 tsp to fill each one with chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with black lava salt, or any other salt if chosen while still warm. Once they are entirely cool about 20 minutes later, you can easily pop them out with a fork or spoon on one side of the cookie.
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I created this recipe as I was inspired by these peanut butter cookies a friend of mine made, with simple ingredients and without refined sugar. I used what I had on hand, as I was reaching a desperation phase of needing cookies and hormone balancing.
I reached for my trusty friends Maca and Shatavari, as well. Maca has energy promoting and hormone balancing benefits (for females and males) and Shatavari is nourishing and has wonderful benefits for females in particular. Shatavari is loosely translated into "who possesses a hundred husbands or acceptable to many" - I'm not in the business of being acceptable to any one and one husband is plenty for me, thanks, but it is an herb that agrees with my often cranky reproductive system.
These cookies are easy, quick - and have ingredients that won't leave you feeling gunky. You can customize them depending on what you have at home, too! If you don't have herbal powders at home, or prefer to leave them out, just add more cacao (my answer to everything)!