Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Double Chocolate Cookies for Passover

Now I realize that if you are extremely religious/observant to the point where you only eat products that say "Kosher for Passover" on the label, than my holiday recipes may contain ingredients that you are unable to use or find in K for P versions. These recipes are better suited for those who, in the spirit of the holiday, like Adam, simply avoid grains, legumes (soy products, lentils, beans and peanuts) and leavining agents like baking soda and baking powder. Even if you don't celebrate Passover, they are also great if you need to avoid wheat/gluten.

If you are very strict with what you eat for the holidays, my advice is to stick with whole foods - meats, eggs, dairy, nuts, fruits and veggies, and consume only whole wheat or spelt matzos and matzo meal products. The more processed K for P products on the market are usually full of crap.

4 tbls coconut oil, melted
1 small jar organic baby food apples, apricots or pears*
2 eggs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

2.5 cups quinoa flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whisk together wet ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together dry ingredients and add to wet. Stir with a spoon until batter comes together (will be pretty dry). Add in chocolate chips. Using your hands, roll into small balls and place on non-stick baking sheet. These do not spread, so cookies can be pretty close together. They will stay pretty round, so flatten a bit before baking, if you like. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 36 cookies.

*I prefer using (no-sugar added) baby food purees (rather than regular apple sauce, for example) for baking because they are very smooth, but regular fruit puree or apple sauce is fine too. Substitute about 1/4 cup for the baby food if desired.

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