OK, OK...I realise these don't look all that appetising but these Chocolate Chia Cookies are super quick and easy to make, totally guilt free and really do satisfy that sweet tooth! I stole the recipe from Deliciously Ella's Cookbook (which I cannot recommend enough) and whipped them up in less than 30 minutes this morning.
To make these cookies you will need a couple of slightly unusual ingredients along with a couple of readily available ones too. I thought it might be useful to directly link to where you can by the more 'out there' ingredients at reasonable prices.
I bought my chia seeds (link here) from Goodness Direct and if I'd known about this website sooner I probably would've bought all of these health food ingredients from there. Its a well priced website with good, quick delivery and I would highly recommend it.
The cacao powder I bought is from The Raw Chocolate Company which actually I think may be a bit overpriced, so if you are just testing out the waters when it comes to cacao I would probably opt for this smaller pack from Goodness Direct.
I bought my medjool dates - which I have started to eat regularly by themselves, they taste just like caramel! - from Ocado although I have it under good authority that many market stalls do them for much cheaper so I am going to have to go and have a root around I think!
I also bought my Buckwheat Flour from Ocado as it is on offer at the moment. I had never tried this flour before making these cookies but it seems like a goodn to me!
So now down to the actual recipe...starting with what you will need:
-200g buckwheat flour
-100 ml maple syrup
-5 pitted Medjool dates
-3 tbsp raw cacao powder
-3 tbsp chia seeds
-2 tbsp coconut oil
Make sure your oven is preheated to 200 degrees celcius and then whizz up the nuts in a blender. Deliciously Ella then blends all the ingredients together but as I only have a mini-blender at uni I had to mix the rest of my ingredients by hand. This wasn't an issue but just meant my cookies were a little bit bumpy. I personally like a bit of texture anyway!
After mixing together, add about 75ml of water to make the mixture a little stickier and then roll the mixture into little balls and press down onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Pop in the oven and leave to bake for 20 minutes and then ta-da! Just like that they are finished and you can tuck in and enjoy with a lovely cuppa!
Let me know if any of you bake these cookies! Thanks for reading!