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Chocolate Cookies


Catherine Farquharson is a photographer. She is my favourite photographer. Not only does she take outstandingly gorgeous photos that make me want to put other people's baby and wedding photos on my wall, but she had a birthday party in the park, and that makes her an eco-hipster too. She appropriately called it a 'Parknic'.

We all brought treats. There were two-bite brownies and cupcakes. There were crustless sandwiches. There were scones. There was a giant cooler of gin and juice.  We played ping pong and and bocci ball. It was like we were simultaneously European, five years old and retirees.

I brought high fibre, healthy cookies. I always bring high fibre healthy cookies. They are how I show my love.

I have cut back on my baking for personal reasons (read- it is environmentally unfriendly to buy new clothes when your not so old ones are a wee bit snug) so any opportunity I have to bake for someone else, I do. I love the process. As I have mentioned, playing in the kitchen, mixing up ingredients, experimenting with flours, music playing... it's a meditation for me. I put good energy into the food I make which has yet to result in any bad energy disasters. I suppose this is kind of like how Catherine puts good energy into her photographs and as a result her photos and the subjects in them always look beautiful.

I have a tendency when I am getting my picture taken to drop my chin and put on a big fake cheeky smile. When Catherine did my head shots, she kept saying to me "Chin up, mouth closed". So when she pointed her camera at me, while I sat at the picnic table at her Parknic, I did my best to follow her advice. And, if I do say so myself, she does know what she's talking about. Why pay for headshots when all you really have to do is get invited out with Catherine!

4565_193713425343_505435343_7128731_1354294_nDespite the fact that I write a healthy cooking blog, I still get a little nervous about bringing my healthy creations to public events where they will be consumed side-by-side by treats that have real sugar, fluffly white flour and butter. The Chocolate Cookies For Catherine, however, were a hit. Not too sweet, definitely satisying, with just enough chocolate to hit that chocolatey spot. And the beatiful photo of the cookie- I took it myself. A cookie for Catherine must be accompanied by a fine photograph of said cookie.

Chocolate Cookies

by Meghan Telpner

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert dairy-free gluten-free low-sodium soy-free vegan vegetarian bittersweet chocolate cookie whole food


Ingredients (12-16)

  • 1 cup flour (buckwheat, sorghum, brown rice are all good options, if gluten is not a porblem, go with spelt)
  • 1/4 cup organic, fair-trade cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (unrefined cane sugar)
  • 1/2 of a large or 1 small banana (mashed up)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (grind in food processor or coffee grinder)
  • 2 Tbs flaxseeds, ground
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 350.

Pull out two bowls.

Mix the dry ingredients in one, and the wet in the other. Save the chocolate chips for later. Easy enough, yes?

Then mix the wet and dry together.

Add in the chocolate chips and optional raisins.

Roll dough in golf ball size balls and place on well oiled or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Press each cookie ball down to flatten slightly.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until they feel dry on top.

Allow to cool on a cooling rack (or sneak a couple still hot from the oven)

27 Responses to “Chocolate Cookies”

  1. CoconutGal said…
    Meghan- yum. Torturing me with these!! Why don't companies make cane-sugar & gluten free chocolate chips? I swear, I alone, would keep them in business! Catherine sounds lovely and you look beautiful in the photo!
  2. elain said…
    ummmmmmmmm - yes, I have Coconut bread is delicious.. I had it different places in the caribbean... the best on Little Corn Island (Nicaragua), also in Bocas del Toros (Panama)... mind you, I don't know how it's made, and if it's made only with coconut 'flour'
  3. Meghan Telpner said…
    CoconutGal- Now you have me wondering... wonder if it is possible to make chocolate chips from scratch.
  4. Sara said…
    They sound absolutely supreme, and look equally delectable! I'll have to give these a try soon!
  5. Amanda Laird said…
    I'm not familiar with sucanat, is it easy to find at health food stores in Toronto?
  6. Amanda- You should be able to find sucanat in any health food store. Alternatively, you could always use honey or agave, maple sugar or any other natural sweetener you fancy.
  7. Jill said…
    That is a lovely photo of you, but all your photo's show you as a beautiful woman. The cookie looks and sounds delicious. I love eating cookies and sweet things vicariously - in my imagination ! - on your blog !! Thank you for the sweet thought. Jill B.
  8. Lori said…
    These sound fantastic! What a tasty and healthy cookie. I'm definitely bookmarking this for future baking.
  9. AshleyH said…
    Could I make these with raw cacao? I have some in my fridge an dI am all out of cocoa. I think these would be okay for me right?
  10. AshleyH said…
    true I will use honey and skip the chocolate chips maybe. I want to make something to take over to my grandparents house this weekend so that I will have a healthy choice when dessert time comes around :)

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