I cut off 10 inches of my hair to donate to Pantene Bautiful Lengths hair donation in which Pantene partners with the American Cancer Society to create wigs for women with breast cancer.
Yea... it's kind of a big deal. This actually is the second time I've donated. Wanna know how long it took me to grow it back to the length it was this morning? Just about 3 years. Told ya (but I'll tell you again...) - kind of a big deal!
Tonight, however, was a time to relax and fully enjoy several hours in front of the TV to watch the Olympics! But of course, I couldn't sit on the couch for all these hours while watching such athleticism and talent.
(Ahhh... the life of a self-proclaimed foodie and food blogger, 'aint it grand?)
I've been meaning to make chocolate chip cookies for quite some time now but just hadn't found a recipe that really impressed me. They all seemed basically the same. Until I found these Soft Macadamia Nut Chocolate Cookies from Chocolate Covered Katie.
I love using oat flour in baking but I wanted something a little different so I used her recipe as a starting point and came up with these babies... (thanks for the inspiration!)
Healthy Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 c white buckwheat flour*
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp + 1 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp white sugar
1/4 c chopped macadamia nuts
4 tbsp vanilla hemp milk
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp enjoy life mini chocolate chips
Grind buckwheat groats in a coffee/spice grinder to make 1/2c buckwheat flour. Combine all dry ingredients and whisk together. Combine wet ingredients and add to the dry mix. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with canola oil or cover with parchment paper. Create 13 cookie balls (12 if you just have to have an even number but I highly recommend 13.. for tasting purposes of course!) Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for another two minutes. Move cookies to a cooling rack and there you have it, delicious, healthy chocolate chip cookies at your finger tips.
*Grinding whole buckwheat groats provides a much softer and subtle taste. Traditional buckwheat flour will provide a different texture and an entirely different flavor.
Like Katie, I thought I'd include the nutrition facts for these cookies to really make you see that they are in fact, healthy.
Per serving [1 cookie]
4g fat (healthy fats!)
4g sugar (that's the real kicker!)
Yum. Yum. Yum. These cookies are sweet enough that one cookie will satisfy your sweet tooth (though I do advise stepping away from the kitchen, you'll be extremely tempted to "test" the remaining cookies - you want to make sure they are all this good, right?) There is a slight grittiness from the buckwheat flour but the macadmia nuts cover up that minor side point. These cookies are soft and melt in your mouth. If you prefer a crunchier cookie I'd suggest flattening out the balls before baking and also cooking a tad longer. You could also try adding a little more fat.. perhaps butter ;-)
You'll love them. You'll eat them up. I sure did.
|See that sad little cookie off to the corner... the lonely #13...|
|Don't worry... I took care of it :)|