Hello my chocolate chip cookies :)
Well, it’s hard to believe, but this is the 100th post I’ve written on my blog! It’s crazy that I’ve written so much since mid-February. It’s all thanks to you, fellow bloggers and readers that I have come this far, so thank you so so much! Your support, kind words, advice and just in general being there have inspired and motivated me in ways I never though possible :)
Now, since you all have been so wonderful, I thought hosting a giveaway would be a great way to show my appreciation. Tropical Traditions contacted me a couple months ago to do a review and giveaway for their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Since then I have been putting it through it’s paces, using it in raw recipes, baking, sautéing, in my decaf coffees as well as a moisturizer and make-up remover.
Now, you all probably know by now, how much I love coconut oil. This one is as good as it gets! The scent is subtly coconutty with a mild flavour. It creates delicious raw treats and is a great option for high temperature cooking and baking. For those of you who don’t like coconut oil and are sceptical about using it in cooking, rest assured once incorporated into your recipes, the taste is not detectable. The only place I have ever noticed it’s flavour being apparent is when blended into smoothies and even then it is more of a sweetness than coconut.
I used this coconut oil to make the following recipes on my blog:
- pistachio rosewater granola (high raw)
- quinoa with kale, raisins and chickpeas (sautéing)
- almost raw maple walnut cups (raw)
- gluten-free, date-sweetened banana bread (baking)
- classic tofu scramble (sautéing)
- coconut oil coffee (raw)
- chocolate cherry almond granola (baking)
As a moisturizer it works great and the subtle coconut scent was very pleasant and as a make-up remover it left my face feeling soft and got all my make-up off easily, even pesky eyeliner and mascara. It was very gentle as well, which was great on my super-sensitive skin.
I also made these quinoa chocolate chip cookies and the results were awesome! They were crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. They aren’t the healthiest thing you’ll ever eat, but as far as cookies go, they are pretty darn good! I switched up the sweeteners I used in various trials with them and I found that both versions came out really well! I also tried out a lower-fat version with some applesauce. I’ll note the different substitutions in the recipe below!
Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)
These cookies use quinoa flakes to add in some extra protein and whole grains, which also lend these cookies an awesome chew. Feel free to change up the add-ins! I’ve made a couple different kinds which I’ll point out below!
Makes 30 cookies.
- 3/4 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca/potato starch (not potato flour!)
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 cup erythritol (a zero calorie, natural sweetener) or coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water, set aside to gel
- 1/2 tsp liquid stevia (not necessary if using coconut sugar)
- 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted ( or 1/3 cup coconut oil + 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce)
- 2 tbsp water (or 5 tbsp water if using applesauce)
- to total 1 cup (ensure they are all vegan)
- chocolate chips
- cacao nibs
- dried blueberries/cranberries + white chocolate chips
- chopped walnuts + chocolate chips
- raisins + chopped walnuts
- anything else you might like!
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Form a well in the center of the dry and pour the wet ingredients in. Mix until completely incorporated. Then stir in the add-ins until evenly distributed.
Chill the dough for 30 min-1 hr. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease it (I like using a BBQ brush and coconut oil to do this).
Form the dough into balls and flatten onto the baking sheet leaving a little room in between for them to spread (they won’t spread too much).
Bake for 22-27 min (less if you are using applesauce or like softer cookies, longer if you are using coconut oil or like crispier cookies) or until the edges are browned, but the middles are still soft (they will continue to cook a little as they cool). Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray then move to a cooling rack to finish. These are delicious slightly warm with a little superpower ice cream ;)
a version made with dried blueberries and white chocolate chips
Now I bet you’d all like to learn how you can win some super awesome coconut oil for yourself!
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
How to enter:
- Subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter here *
- Leave a comment below telling me your favourite way to use coconut oil, or if you’ve never used it, the first thing you’d like to try!
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The giveaway will stay open until next Wednesday, August 1st at 11:59 pm EST. Make sure you get your entries in! This is a pretty big jar of the good stuff.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
And once again I would just like to say, thank you for all of your support over the last few months. You guys are seriously awesome!