Patience, young grasshopper...cookies! Thought my favorite new mug would be perfect for this photo of my latest in empowered baked goods: Super-Green Grasshopper Cookies. Certainly an appropriate message for pretty much anyone, but especially for someone that's in the mood for a homemade cookie!
The classic mint flavor and epic bites of chocolate that are to be expected of a grasshopper cookie are present and accounted for but so is a super deep green hue that comes from a special superfood ingredient: spirulina (no food coloring here!)
Spirulina is actually a blue-green algae, so yeah...I guess that makes it pretty close to pond scum. Not the most appetizing when you think of it that way, but it is such a nutrient-dense, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory powerhouse that I'm hoping you'll overlook its swampy origins. It even has more calcium than milk and more protein than beef, chicken and fish (gram per gram!)
On its own, spirulina has the tendency to smell (and even taste) a little bit like pet store-variety fish food but I PROMISE that these cookies have not a hint of it. The peppermint extract and raw honey do the trick and the little bites of chocolate drive it home. I tossed in some white chia seeds for contrast and a burst of beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.
Pretty cool to be able to get some hearty nutrition via cookie every once in a while. Hope you enjoy!
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup cassava flour
3 Tablespoons spirulina powder
1/3 cup raw honey
6 Tablespoons coconut oil, soft but not melted
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons chia seeds (white seeds look the best in this recipe)
Mix the flours, spirulina, salt and baking soda. Add the honey, soft coconut oil, egg, extracts and mix well. Add the chia seeds and chocolate and stir to incorporate. Set cookie dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour. Preheat oven to 350°. Scoop dough balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, use your hand to press the balls down to create the cookie shape (they wont spread very much.) May need a few rounds of baking time depending on the size of your cookies and the size of your cookie sheets; bake for around 9-10 minutes.