I once dreamed of a world where you could make indulgent cookies that tasted amazing and actually served a positive role in your health. Well, this dream is now a reality. We are now living in post “cookies that can positively affect your health” times.
Introducing Choc avocado fudge cookies.
I know what you're thinking... or maybe I don't but I can guess "avocados have no business getting themselves involved with choc fudge cookies. Well, put your pre-conceptions aside because these things are delicious, awesome for your general health and fantastic for your skin.
Here’s what you need:
1 small/medium avocado (cut the brown bits out)
1/2 c. coconut sugar
1 T. flaxseed meal
3 T. filter coffee (I made mine with an aeropress)
3 T. vegan chocolate chips
1/2 c. cacao
1/2 tsp. baking soda
a little bit of cinnamon
Now, before we get into it we need to justify why we’re able to do this. Really prime the brain to accept that despite the concentrated taste bud seduction, that these cookies belong in your body and are going to help with the heavy lifting of keeping everything working beautifully.
3 key ingredients I’d like to single out here...
Avocado is full of anti-oxidant carotenoids that aid in skin repair and generally help the overall integrity of the skin. So basically helps keep wrinkles at bay.
It’s also high in Vitamin C which is essential in the production of elastin fibres and collagen (which basically keeps your skin plumped up and held together). Also you need vitamin C everyday as your body can’t store it. So it takes it as it needs it for the work it needs done that day but can’t keep any on the shelf for tomorrow…
Also in the mix is Vitaman E which is hugely powerful in the fight on free radicals. Also whilst it’s technically in the Anti-Oxidant family, it’s fat soluble so works in a totally different way to anti-oxidant carotenoids. But again, helping in the fight on wrinkles and ageing.
Avocados are also high in essential fatty acids. More specifically oleic acid, this is a big one. Oleic acid is particularly important in making sure that your skin remains soft, supple and hydrated. It is an Omega 9 fatty acid and aids in the regeneration of damaged skin cells and can help reduce redness and inflammation.
Flaxmeal is basically flax seeds that are ground up. So keep this info in the old brain hole for if you see recipes that contain flax seeds, it’s the same thing.
Again flax seeds contain anti-oxidants which are always awesome in the fight against free radicals and cancer. But in addition to this it’s high content of Omega 3’s means that it is going to help plump up your skin, help keep it hydrated and maintain a healthier flow of sebum through pores.
Well, another anti-oxidant rich ingredient. So it’s going to help promote even skin tone, act as an anti-inflammatory agent and soothe redness and blemishes. It’s also straight up delicious.
Ok, so what do we need to do in between this moment and putting these bad boys right into our opinion holes? Or as the scientific community refers to them, our “mouths”?
Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper.
In a small cup, combine the flax and coffee. Allow the mixture to thicken for a few minutes. I made mine with an Aeropress.
In a decent size mixing bowl, throw in the avocado, sugar, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, instant, and cinnamon. Smoosh the ingredients until they are satisfactorily.
How you smoosh is best left to you. Smooshing is very personal.
Then Add in the flax mixture and baking soda. It ought to look a little like this..
Scoop the mixture in little dollops onto the grease proof paper. You ought to get around 8 with this recipe. Leave the dollops as globules, they’ll fall into cookie shapes as they bake. Leave them in for around 12-15 minutes.
Allow them to cool completely -- at least 30 minutes. I actually like to put them in the freezer and have them as a cold treat but I'm ready to accept that this may make me a bit of a weirdo.
It’s as easy as that. Avocadoes may be the end of the civilised world as we know it (according to a few) but gosh they taste nice when you put them in cookies and your skin will thank you for it.
Let me know how you go with this recipe! Want more? Let me know if you have any requests!
I promise to get better at food photography too!