Guilt-Free Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies {whole grain, low sugar, healthy fats, dairy-free}

Do you ever have one of those days when you really just want a cookie?  I know I do (perhaps a little too often).  When it comes to maintaining a healthy “diet”/lifestyle, it’s important to have balance and not beat yourself up when you indulge a bit or miss that workout.

i posted this earlier to my insta account @wellnessrains #truth #inspiration

i posted this earlier to my insta account @wellnessrains #truth #inspiration

That being said, it’s even better when you can indulge without the guilt, like you can with these cookies.

The recipe I adapted below actually called for macadamia nuts, which I heart like woah.  However, when you live in NYC it doesn’t take long to figure out that most grocery stores don’t carry at least one ingredient you need, which has happened to me SO many times that I’ve become quite the improviser.

As I stood in the aisle I thought about what I could substitute…nutella came to mind, so the hazelnuts it was.

Health Benefits of Hazelnuts

This nut is full of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and healthy fats.  They also contain flavonoids that can support brain health and improve circulation.

That’s it in a nutshell (pun intended)!

tip: enjoy nuts in moderation as they are generally high in calories

Guilt-Free Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s “The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes ~12 cookies

What you need:

  • 2/3 c + 1/2 c oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/3 c chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (more if needed)

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 380 and grease cookie sheet (I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray)
  • If you don’t have oat flour, you simply take regular oats and throw into your Vitamix or food processor and voila!
  • Combine all dry ingredients first, then add wet
  • You may want to refrigerate batter for a bit, it makes it easier to form the cookie dough balls
  • Then throw on cookie sheet and bake for ~7 minutes – they will be spread out and look slightly undercooked – make sure they aren’t too undercooked though, mine came out a little too soft (but were delicious none the less, just a pain to store)
  • Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from tray
you could say these bad boys really "came together" in the oven

you could say these bad boys really “came together” in the oven

  • Devour

These cookies are amaze(cookiedough)balls.  That “one cookie” I wanted ended up becoming three #sorrynotsorry.

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