August 19, 2010

Humpastry Day - Ginger Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ginger Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I know this is a day late...sorry!  But, my oldest started Kindergarten today (I can't believe he's already starting school!) and I wanted to make him a special treat for when he got home.  So, my youngest and I went to work on these after we dropped him off this morning.  I saw the original recipe in an issue of Women's Running magazine and I thought it sounded interesting.  The recipe came from Leah Jurek, an ultramarathoner, and she said she makes these for a healthy post-run reward.  Although it is a pretty healthy recipe already, I tweaked the recipe a little bit and am happy with how they turned out.  The ginger makes for an interesting burst of flavor in the cookie, but if you don't like ginger I would skip this one.  Oh, and I thought about subbing applesauce for the oil, but I wasn't sure how it would be with the coconut and ginger flavors.  I think I might try them next time with 1/4C applesauce and 1/4C oil to cut down on the fat a little bit more.  If any of you decide to try it, please let me know how they turn out!

Makes about 2 dozen cookies
*  1C whole wheat pastry flour
*  1/2C garbanzo bean flour (you could also replace with whole wheat pastry flour)
*  1/4tsp. salt
*  1/4tsp. baking soda
*  1/2C shredded unsweetened coconut
*  3/4C chocolate chips
*  1/2C crystallized ginger, chopped
*  1/3 C soymilk
*  1/2C canola oil
*  1/2C raw sugar
*  1/4C almond butter
*  2tsp. vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
2.  Stir the flours, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
3.  Stir in the coconut, ginger, and chocolate chips.
4.  In a small bowl, heat the almond butter in the microwave for ~15sec.  Whisk the almond butter with the oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
5.  Add the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
6.  Form the dough into 1/2Tbl. size balls and put on the cookie sheet.
7.  Bake for 15-18minutes or until tops are starting to brown. (*Note: these cookies do not flatten out like other ones)
8.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
9.   Enjoy!


Alisa said...

Ginger in a cookie---very interesting. I love ginger so this might be a good one for me. My husband hates applesauce in cookies so i'll be following the recipe as is when I make them.

Teamarcia said...

I'm definitely making these---yum! What benefit does the garbanzo bean flour provide? Protein?

teacherwoman said...

Mmm. those look yummy! I start "school" (work) next thursday. Would you like my address? LOL

Anonymous said...

I think applesauce with coconut and ginger sounds great! But, it looks like the cookies turned out well with the oil anyway :]

Amber Shea

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I love Ginger but not coconut but maybe it would work without it.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Teamarcia- The Garbanzo bean flour just helps give the cookies more protein, fiber, and vitamins.

Teacherwoman - Ha ha! I wish I could send you all cookies! Good luck with the beginning of the year!

Kovas- You could definitely take out the coconut.

Caratunk Girl said...

OMG! Those cookies sound amazing. I love ginger in anything.

P said...

Holy cow - YUM!!! These cookies are on my "must try" list now.
Congrats to surviving the first day of Kindergarten, were there some Mom tears?? I did fine when my oldest went to school, but cried like a baby when my youngest went. :-) said...

These sound yummy, yummy, yummy!

Jill Costantino said...

Good Lord Lady - your recipes are SO delicious!

Julie said...

I know that I would love these! Thanks Aimee!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Nice job once again with the cookies and recipe.
and happy first day of school for your oldest guy;-)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Wooooo, I am going to make this with raisins instead, thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

I'm not making these cuz I'd eat them all in one sitting, they look and sound soooo good. :/

Anonymous said...

They look great! I have always wanted to play with ginger

JenniferLeah said...

these look DEEELISH! I think I would also try with golden raisins too as DIg Daddy Diesel suggested. Can't wait to try 'em :)