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Those who have seen my recipes before know that I have a huge sweet tooth. But I also have a passion for all things healthy! So, I’ve taken to making sweet treats with a healthy twist. A few months ago, I developed my Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies (with a no sugar added option), but not everyone in my family could enjoy them. My mom loves chocolate chip cookies, but absolutely despises bananas, so she wouldn’t partake when I made these healthy cookies. I got to thinking about what healthy cookie recipe I could develop for her so that she could join the added-sugar-free fun. So I decided to develop this Loaded Zucchini Cookies recipe!
What’s in the Loaded Zucchini Cookies
My primary goal with these cookies was to make something absolutely delicious, but wholesome and nourishing at the same time. I’m a big believer that “healthy” doesn’t have to be boring. “Healthy” doesn’t mean something can’t taste good. So obviously, that was a top priority for me. I also really wanted to make something with a vegetable, and zucchini is the logical choice. I mean, have you tried zucchini bread? So good. Anyway, I wanted to use zucchini as the base, also using my favorite blend of almond and coconut flours, and a flax egg. A good dose of cinnamon adds a natural sweetness and spice. Coconut oil serves as the fat source in these Loaded Zucchini Cookies, keeping them vegan and well-balanced. Oats add extra fiber and substance to the recipe to help satiate the palette and the stomach.
I also really wanted to not add any sugar. Yes, these cookies still have sugar, but the only “sweetener” is applesauce. That’s it. No coconut sugar, honey, refined sugar, or maple syrup. Not even in the chocolate chips. Only the natural sugar that comes in unsweetened applesauce (I was very picky about my applesauce). Coconut flakes also add a little natural sweetness to the mix, balancing out the richness of the 100% cacao chocolate chips and the walnuts.
I’ve been trying to stick with the 100% cacao chocolate chips (link below, found in my Obscure Pantry Staples post) because they’re literally made from just one ingredient: cacao mass. No added sugars or binding agents! They’re obviously a little more bitter than your semi-sweet chips, but if you like dark chocolate, you’ll LOVE these. Especially with the coconut. Walnuts are also included in this recipe because they’re kind of a staple around my household. We live on a couple acres with around 57 producing walnut trees, so we put them in everything! Plus, they taste great, add a fun crunch, and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
So if you’re looking for a hearty, sweet, chocolatey way to get in some extra greens, give these Loaded Zucchini Cookies a try! They’re perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time in between! Enjoy!