I was in kitchen making bliss balls for the week ahead and I wanted to create a bliss ball centered around Apricots and Coconut as opposed to my usual date/ cocoa base. I was definitely on the right track and enjoying my result as I got half way into rolling my beautiful, chewy, coconutty bliss balls when I got a craving for a cookie. Like most kiwis, you would usually head out the door to the corner dairy and grab yourself a Cookie Time since they are a classic New Zealand past time. I remember long nights at university and lectures fueled by Cookie Time’s Apricot Chocolate Chunk. They totally bring me back to uni days and so do these cookies. It wasn’t until later in the week, while I was enjoying my mini cookie for morning tea that I suddenly got the Cookie Time flavor.
Unlike Cookie Time, these cookies are filled with healthy, wholesome, natural ingredients and not to mention sugar free unlike the original, which have 26.9 grams of sugar EACH COOKIE! That is absolutely insane and just gross! These will be perfect anytime of day and perfect for your kids lunch boxes. They are even healthy enough to eat for breakfast, guilt free!
Chewy Chocolate Apricot Mini Cookies
Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan Option
¾ Cup of Apricots – Chopped (soaked for at least one hour)
¼ Dates (soaked for at least one hour)
1Tbsp of Chia Seeds
½ Cup Almond Flour/ Meal
½ Cup Shredded Coconut
2 Tbsp. of Coconut Flour
½ Cup GF Quick Oats
½ Tsp. of Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 egg- Or EnerG Egg Replacer
1 tsp. of Vanilla Essence/Coconut Essence
2-3 Tbsp. of Cacao Nibs (or more)
¼ Tsp. Sea Salt
Boil soaked Apricots and Dates for about 5-10 minutes with a bit of water. Add Chia Seeds and Vanilla and Coconut Essence. Mixture will get nice and thick and it you should be able to mash the fruit into a thick spread.
Add to a bowl and mix in 1 egg or Egg Replacer and mix well.
Add Oats, Coconut Flour, Almond Meal, Coconut, Cinnamon, Baking Soda and sea salt and mix well.
Roll into little balls, as if you where making bliss balls and flatten. (or leave out eggs, coconut flour and baking powder and roll into bliss balls)
Bake on a cookie sheet, lined with baking paper, for 10-12 Minutes on 190 degrees Celsius.
For Comparison, I wanted to show the nutritional value and ingredients in a Cookie Time cookie, which includes 26.9 GRAMS OF SUGAR in each cookie! That is just GROSS and so unhealthy! I will pass on those…and proceed to eat 3 of my healthy cookies.
Ingredients: Butter (cream, salt), Wheat flour, Glucose syrup, Chocolate 11% (sugar, cocoa mass, milk solids, cocoa butter, emulsifiers (soy lecithin, 476), malted barley syrup, flavour), Dried apricots 11% (with antioxidant (220)), Eggs, Coconut (with antioxidant (220)), Rolled oats, Brown sugar, Wheat bran, Wheat germ, Raising agents (500, 450), Salt, Wheat starch. Contains egg, milk and soy products, sulphites and gluten-containingcereal products. May be present: Peanuts and tree nuts.