Can you hear the collective sigh of all Australian mum’s as their little ones settle into the second week of the new school year?
I was one of those mums who eased into the school routine. This year I have set myself a goal, no packaged food will go into my children’s lunchbox, nor will it be consumed as an after school “treat.”
Homemade only treats isn’t a new idea for me, as we tend to avoid over processed and packaged foods anyway. I have learned that preparation is the key to success, last year I only lapsed when things became busy or disorganized.
Introducing my Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Cacao Nib Cookies!
I have set about finding tasty treats for the family that still serve a nutritional purpose. I have always had a problem with “empty” calories,, so whilst I am not anti sugar, dairy, gluten etc I have designed these cookies to include FLAVOUR, protein, fibre and a bit of calcium from the sesame seeds.
If your school is nut free this won’t be a suitable recipe due to the almond and peanut. Thankfully my kiddies school doesn’t have a nut free policy.
- 2 cups almond meal
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 Tbs Peanut Butter (natural)
- 1 Tbs unhulled sesame seeds
- 1 Tbs Organic Cacao Nibs
- 2 Tbs Maple Syrup
- Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.
- Prepare a cookie slide with baking paper.
- Mix all the ingredients by hand in a bowl ensure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Make 12 even balls with the mixture and flatten them onto the cookie tray.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.
So other than being the easiest cookie to make, and being exceptionally nutritionally sound, the Cacao Nib Cookies is also so damn good that no one in the house seemed to realised these were a part of our school lunch box reform!
I managed to slide these cookies past all my mini food critics! with ease.
Whew… a win to the good guys
P.s Thank you to my neighbour Danah for introducing me to Cacao Nibs.
These babies are so much better than chocolate chips!