If using buckwheat, these are a cross between a cookie and a brownie. If using whole wheat, they’re more like a traditional chewy and fudgy cookie. Either way, they’re rich, decadent, and sure to satiate even the most severe chocolate craving!
So often when you hear the phrase “healthy dessert” you run for the hills conjuring up visions of dry, bland baked goods made with too little butter or not enough sugar. Other times, people will claim that a dessert is “skinny” because it’s filled with sugar free this or fat free that. No bueno.
My dear friend Erin has mastered the art of creating mouth-watering baked goods that are made with wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients like teff, quinoa and buck wheat. I am a huge fan of eating foods that are not only delicious but are also packed with vitamins and minerals to help you live your healthiest life.
In her new book, The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains, Erin not only proves that healthy baking is possible but she shows you just how delicious ancient grains can taste when used to create pies, tarts, cookies and more. Since we didn’t grow up eating white flour and started almost every weekend with buckwheat pancakes, I was immediately drawn to her Buckwheat Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies.
There are few things I love more than a good piece of dark chocolate and a rich, chewy brownie. Erin has somehow magically transformed all of my favorite foods into the perfect nutritious dessert. Be sure to grab a copy of The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains for more tasty and delicious dessert recipes you can feel good about feeding your family.
Your fork is waiting.
- 1 1/2 cups whole-grain buckwheat flour or whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder sifted if lumpy
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups light brown sugar raw sugar, or coconut sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2/3 cup almond butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil melted and cooled slightly
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips divided
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the buckwheat, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, eggs, almond butter, melted coconut oil or butter, and vanilla until well combined. Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in 1 1/2 cups (255 grams) chocolate chips. The dough will be thick and sticky like brownie batter.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll into balls.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) balls and place 3 inches (7 1/2 cm) apart on the baking sheet. Press the remaining 1/2 cup (85 grams) chocolate chips onto the top of the balls, if desired. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are no longer wet in the middle.
Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
These cookies are gluten free if you use whole-grain buckwheat flour.
Recipe and photographs from The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains.
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