Vegan Double Chocolate Apple & Peanut Cookies

It was an absolute pleasure to get together with my fellow healthy baking-loving friend, The Healthy Beard, for an afternoon of getting creative in the kitchen. We had so much fun making, decorating, snapping and eating a selection of delicious but healthy chocolate treats. Here’s the first of our three recipes, a collaboration which we’ll be doing on a regular basis – exciting times!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (we used gluten-free Quaker Oats, blended to a flour)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (we used Graze)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (we used The Groovy Food Company)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of baking powder
  • 1/2 tin unsweetened cooked apples
  • 3 tablespoons nut butter (we used Pic’s Peanut Butter)
  • 2 tablespoons date nectar (we used Beloved)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (we used Lucy Bee)
  • 50g dairy-free vegan chocolate (we used Free’ist no added sugar), diced into small chunks

For the coating:

  • 75g dairy-free vegan chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon date nectar
  • 1 x pack air-dried apple crisps (we used Nim’s), diced
  • 4 tablespoons cacao nibs (we used Kaizen Living)

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Get baking!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and and grease and line a large baking sheet or two smaller ones.
  2. Mix together the flour, cacao, baking powder, cinnamon and coconut sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Place the cooked apples, nut butter, date nectar and vanilla in a blender and whizz up until smooth.
  4. Pour this into the dry ingredients along with the melted coconut oil and mix to form a dough. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  5. Now divide the dough into about 6-8 balls and press onto the sheet to form cookie shapes. Bake for 10 minutes then leave to cool on the tin.
  6. Once cooled, melt the chocolate for the topping and stir in the date nectar. Coat 1/2 of each cookie with a layer of chocolate, then sprinkle with the diced apple crisps and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Place in the fridge to set for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Now enjoy!

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Keep any remaining cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge.

Look out for our other recipes from the two of us coming soon! Follow The Healthy Beard on Instagram and Twitter for tasty vegan updates ๐Ÿ™‚