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Cultivate | January 13 2022

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Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Chocolate Avocado Cookies – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Setting intentions for health doesn’t have to mean ditching dessert. Let’s aim for healthy plates and happy palates. I know it’s possible, because our guest-favorite dessert, Miraval’s Chocolate Avocado Cookies, lets you do both.

Try your hand at our simple recipe to make this four-ingredient treat at home.
Full of omega-3s and vitamin E, avocado replaces butter to radically slash the calorie count, increase protein and fiber levels, and lend a healthy dose of B vitamins, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Avocados are high in fat, but unlike butter, they’re full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, maintain HDL (good) cholesterol, and help decrease belly fat.

Cocoa powder provides tons of benefits, especially if your powder is at least 72% cocoa. Flavanol-rich cocoa improves the level of nitric oxide in your blood, which relaxes and dilates your arteries and blood vessels and improves blood flow. It contains iron, zinc, and selenium—minerals that help your body function and balance your immune system. It’s also rich in magnesium (which helps regulate muscle contraction and nerve function) and inflammation-reducing theobromine.

Plus, it tastes delicious, makes you feel full, and might even boost your mood.
I made these with my kids over the holidays, and everyone from the eat-everything teens to the gluten-free, dairy-free vegans in the room came back for seconds (and thirds). Thanks to their easy prep, clean-up, and crowd-pleasing perks, we will be making these again!
Ingredients

  • 300g Avocado, ripe (two large avocados, with pits and skin removed)
  • 1 ½ c. Sugar in the raw or other turbinado sugar
  • 1 ½ c. Cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking soda
  • Dairy Free dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • In a food processor blend avocado and sugar in the raw until it makes a smooth paste.
  • Transfer to a mixer with the paddle attachment and mix in cocoa powder and baking soda until it comes together.
  • Using ½ oz. scoop portion cookies onto parchment paper. Add one chocolate chunk to the top of each cookie.
  • Bake until cookies are firm but moist for about 8-10 minutes.
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