I don’t bake but I did anyway.
Capped yesterday off with some cookie-making with the boy, oh so domestic are we. Actually, little known secret, I do not bake. I suck at baking and usually manage to burn something or completely mess it up, even following a recipe to the T. I can cook half-decent, or at least I think so, those who have survived my atrocity dishes may beg to differ. But there’s just something about baking that does not get along with me. I always think, well I’ll just attempt it this one time and see how it goes. And boy am I glad I did, these cookies actually taste relatively okay? I won’t go so far as to say good. Not yet. That would be taking a risk I am not willing to take, and I am not ready to go there.
I got the recipe from this website, give credit where credit is due, right? They’re apparently healthy, for a cookie anyway. The unhealthiest thing in them I’d say is the coconut, or maybe the dark chocolate. Almonds are high in calories but a good fat, so I think we’re okay there. The binding agent in this recipe is bananas! Not eggs, not butter, bananas. So while they may be healthy, that does not give me permission (read: it doesn’t give me permission but I do it anyway) to eat 5 at a time. Other tweaks I made: I made the almond meal out of slivered almonds. Tossed them in the Magic Bullet and ground them up, super easy. I also used olive oil instead of coconut oil, and I didn’t warm the olive oil up as it suggests for the coconut. I also tossed in maybe a couple tablespoons extra of oatmeal, as well as some of the slivered almonds. For the chocolate, I used dark chocolate chunks and it worked out very nicely.
My half-ass review of these cookies reads this: I will make them again because a) I don’t feel guilty when I have a few too many, b) they are super easy peasy to make and c) they’re kinda healthy, again, for a cookie. Flourless, potentially sugarless, eggless, and butterless. So good. They don’t bog you down like a regular hearty, rich cookie might, which is always nice, because I don’t do bogged down very well.
The worst thing about having any kind of baking in the house is the time in which it gets eaten. SUPER FAST. I suppose it is there to get eaten, but like I don’t do the bogged down thing well, I don’t do temptation well either. I need to work on this, food and I are enemies but good friends. It’s a love hate relationship, and I hate it. Because these are sort of healthy, it’s okay and it sits sort of well with me. Sort of. On that note I am going to go enjoy one of these suckas, as well as the sun, and a walk in the slush with my boy and my girl.