Sweet Potato Coconut Energy Cookies

This clean, healthy cookie is great for a end-of-dinner treat or in place of an energy bar when hiking/biking/running.  And, if you use GF oats, it is gluten free!

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  • 2 Tbsp flax meal
  • 5 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup sweet potato mash without skin (I roasted a large whole sweet potato, pierced several times, for 400 degrees for about an hour and it yielded 2 cups of mash)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut butter **See Chef’s Note**
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (you can blend/process your own)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped raw unsalted walnuts
  • chocolate chips

Combine flax meal and water in a small bowl and allow to sit.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.

In a medium/large mixing bowl, combine sweet potato, coconut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.  Stir well.  Add the flax meal/water mixture.  Stir well.

To the liquid mixture, add all remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and stir until combined.

Drop tablespoon sized blobs onto the baking sheet, pressing down slightly.  They won’t change much in size, so you can crowd them a bit.  Press 4 chocolate chips into the top of each one (a great job for a kid!).  Bake 15 – 17 minutes or until slightly browned and not super soft.  Cool for 2 minutes on the baking pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.  Keep refrigerated so that they last a few days.

**Chef’s Note** – You can buy coconut butter at most natural food stores, maybe some grocery stores, in the nut butter section generally.  OR, if you have a Vitamix or high powered blender, you can make your own for way cheaper!!  Buy a bag of shredded unsweetened coconut.  Dump it into the Vitamix (I use a 1 lb bag) and blend, increasing the speed slowly up to high and tamping regularly.  In a minute or so, POOF, MAGIC, you will have liquid!  Continue to blend for another minute or more so it gets nice and smooth.  Store in a glass container in your cabinets.  It will harden upon cooling.  When you want some, just cut out how much you want and heat it up in a glass bowl (microwave for 30 sec works for a small serving).  Delicious as a dip with apples (add cinnamon, too!), on toast with banana, or on dates for a decadent treat.  AMAZING.

Based on this recipe.

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