Recipe: Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookies & Guest Posting!

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

~ Dr. Seuss

Welcome to a special 2 Post Friday here at IPOM! Holla! *So much fun*

Another link at the end of this post too!

Today I’ve got a guest post up at Cara’s amazing blog, Fork and Beans.

If you’ve never had a chance to visit her before now, I highly suggest you do after I tempt you with these delicious cookies (the link is up at the end of the post too!).

Today’s recipe, here at IPOM, is Carla’s favorite homemade cookie recipe, the one given to her on her wedding day in a family cookbook.

This version is slightly updated and it incorporates a few of our latest favorite super foods.

It is super. For reals.

I’ve also got to thank you readers for your responses and messages regarding the last post about Chris and Carla – if you liked what you read then be sure to keep up with us as we share more and more…it is only just beginning!

Now for the cookies…

Cocoa nibs are a nutritional wonder finding their way into yummy treats all over the blogosphere. You can enjoy them in granola, or these raw cookies.

But today – they team up with chocolate chips for an extra hit of rich sweet goodness!

Look for cocoa nibs online or in most health food stores these days. They aren’t cheap, but a little goes a long way.

Hemp hearts are one of my all time favorites.

Grown here in Canada (you’ve got to love local), they are loaded with healthy fats and protein that fill you up and keep on giving well into the end of your day.

I am a giant fan of enjoying them in the morning, they provide fuel for an evening run or workout that is amazing, and did I mention just a few tablespoons keep you satisfied for hours too? Pretty killer.

The Less:

Less hydrogenated fats and oil mean less hard to identify compounds for your body. Less store bought treats means less packaging, waste, and preservatives. Less reliance on outside sources for snacks and goodies means more ways to make life simply delicious. Especially when it is this super-charged.

The More:

More superfood ingredients means more super-charged nutrition. More pure easy ingredients means more goodness that’s easily at hand. More homemade chocolatey treats means more tasty ways to share blessings, so you can spread thankfulness for today :)

Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Cream Together:

  • (1/2) cup brown sugar
  • (1) cup butter (at room temperature)

Wet:

  • (2) eggs
  • (2) tsp vanilla extract
  • (2) tbsp milk

Dry:

  • (1) cup whole wheat flour
  • (1) cup white flour
  • (1) tsp baking soda
  • (1) tsp baking powder
  • (1) tsp salt
  • (1/2) tsp salt
  • (2) cups oatmeal
  • (1) cup shredded coconut
  • (1) cup hemp hearts (sub 1 more cup coconut of you don’t have these)
  • (2) cups chocolate chips
  • (1) cup cocoa nibs (sub 1 more cup chocolate chips if you don’t have these)

Start by heating the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Combine the dry ingredients in another mixing bowl and add to the wet ingredient bowl in batches, stirring in between to incorporate. Get in there with your hands!

Shape your cookies and set on a flat un-oiled cookie sheet. No need to press these down as they will make a lovely ‘cake-like’ cookie (like my mom used to make).

Bake for 8 minutes. Once ready, remove from the oven and let sit on the hot dry another 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Pack up in your favorite tin and share, share, share!

This recipe does make a rather large batch of cookies. Of course, you could halve the recipe though I am sure the large batch size is for a reason ~ for sharing!

After all, who in your life could use a little thank you? Got a friend, co-worker, neighbour that likes cookies? I bet you do! Accountant, boss, arch enemy? No one could say no to a home baked cookie.*

*(unless you could)

There is no delight in owning anything unshared.

~ Seneca

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

~ Winston S. Churchill

The world is what YOU think of it, so think of it DIFFERENTLY and your life will change.

~ Paul Arden, Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite

Consider this the official invite..

I’ll be busy planning an extra special dinner with some very special friends next weekend. I’ll be sure to update you all very soon on that one!

  • What is your favorite cookie recipe?
  • Anyone in your life that could use a little thank you?

I am so happy to share Carla’s favorite way to perk the office up with you today, we are always thankful for home baked treats!

Let us know your thoughts, and as always giant thanks to all for reading!

Make sure to come see us at Fork and Beans and meet Cara, you’ll be so happy you did, and thanks again to Cara for hosting me today!

Yours in Less,

60 Comments

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60 Responses to Recipe: Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookies & Guest Posting!

  1. You had me at chocolate – what a great cookie recipe – thanks for sharing! Have a Beautiful Weekend:)

  2. Love Cara’s blog — I’m already following her. So great to have two of you on one blog!
    I also use heart hemp hearts. I can’t wait to try out this cookie recipe. See me at: http://irunibreathe.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/magic-carpet-ride/
    Thanks for the yummy words today, enjoy your weekend.

  3. That cookie is chockablock full of good things Shira! Beautiful! Never used hemp hearts but will have to find them. There’s some workers here that I’d love to feed with good cookies! Thanks Shira. Love your weekend! (Going to check out Cara now!)

    • Thanks Spree – I am sure you are feeding those workers with extra special treats to get the job done even more sweetly! Have a wonderful weekend as well my friend! xox :)

  4. It’s like you made these cookies for me- they are full of my favourite things! I mean, hemp seeds- do you even have to ask if I want one of these?? I also love that you combined chocolate chips and cacao nibs- I’m totally copying this :)

    And I promise I will get back to your email soon! Ever since I got back from Boston I am having a hard time staying on top of life lol. But I’ve read it and I’m so touched/excited!

    • They are so good! I know you will love them :)
      No worries on getting back to me..take your time! I’ll look forward to the exchange, and of course, your ideas! Enjoy settling in… xox!

  5. those look and sound DELICIOUS!!!! will have to try when i get back from Vancouver and hopefully it’s not scorching hot over here for me to turn on the oven! :P would be nice to meet up if you have the time! would it be alright to e-mail you? so excited!!!

  6. I love 2 post Friday! Twice the Shira in one day- what’s not to love?!

    I think hemp hearts are the best food to come into my life this year. I put them on everything! And cacao nibs- another fave! These cookies look delish!

    • Going red over here – thanks for stopping at both posts Kristy! These cookies are crazy good, I’d love to see them veganized by someone with immense talent *cough cough* :) Especially someone who loves super foods as much as I do!
      Have a fabulous weekend too! XOX!

  7. This has me smiling, grinning :D
    And drooling! Off to check it out!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Love this recipe and the addition of coconut. I’ve never tried hemp hearts–thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Stay tuned.

  9. Yum – these look like cookies I will have to make this weekend :-)
    Thanks to you and thanks to Cara – looking forward to checking out “Fork and Beans”!
    Love the Dr. Seuss quote – Happy weekend!

  10. Hi Van-Girl – Bucketing down here. Perfect weather for making (just a few) choc-chip cookies! Yum-scrum. :-)

    I have never tried hemp hearts. I may have to high-tail it down to the local organic supermarket and buy me some!

    Loving the wee type-written bits ‘n’ bobs…

    X

    • So grey here too J! You will love hemp hearts, that I am sure (well I think you will!) Let me know if you find them!
      Happy you like my little digital ‘arts and crafts’ .. I have a little fun from time to time, nice to see it is enjoyed by others too :) Happy Saturday in your part of the world!

  11. These look delish! As Syders mentioned, I have never tried hemp hearts. So interesting to learn. Love the Churchill line – “We make a life by what we give.” So great and so SPOT on! x

    • Hemp hearts are amazing Marina, especially for any kind of athletic endurance, like, say hot yoga or something like that ;)Isn’t that quote amazing?

  12. Hemp hearts sound amazing!!! will be on the scout for these. Happy friday Shira :)

  13. We are always looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie – I’ll give yours a try. I’ll have to sub the cocoa nibs – I haven’t been able to find them around here anywhere.

    • Oh boo – that’s a bummer about the nibs, but it’s all good! Just add chocolate chips to make 3 cups and they will be great – that is the original amount in the recipe – these are great as they aren’t overly sweet and somehow still taste wholesome! I hope you enjoy them Heidi! :)

  14. Ohhh my word. These cookies look amazing. I have a chocolate chip recipe that I swear by. They taste like the fatty store bought cookies, but are made with only real ingredients. It’s amazing.

  15. those cookies look delicious! and i loved your post on Cara’s blog! She is “the bomb” isn’t she:) but those fries…wow! it sounds lke you have a fun weekend planed for next weekend…i love getting together with special friends — makes the heart smile:) gosh, it must be past my bedtime cuz I’m getting cheesier by the minute! haha have a great weekend Shira!

    • Thanks Caralyn!! You sound so happy! I wish I could bottle your enthusiasm…stay tuned on the dinner…I can’t wait to share about it! Have a great weekend too! ;)

  16. Shira those look AMAZING! Chocolate chip cookies were always my favorite as a kid, so I’m sure these superfood ones would be right up my alley!

  17. Frances antoinette

    I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t enjoy freshly baked chocolate chip cookies….delish!

  18. Thanks for sharing these, Shira. They look wonderful and SO full of flavours and delicious ingredients. I need to catch up with you and Cara, it’s good to be back :D. I’ll check out your guest post.

  19. i will definitely be making these next time I have a sweets craving!

  20. Somer

    Heading over to Cara’s now! Those cookies are INSANE! And so is the Shira/Cara combo!!!

  21. How awesome! They look so fat it’s crazy!

  22. they look absolutely delicious! great ingredient line-up, as always…. I need to make cookies; and I need to use more cocoa nibs! Now time to go check out Cara’s blog :-)

  23. Just found your blog and love it! I’ll have to keep an eye out for hemp hearts, I really want to make this recipe, looks delicious!

    • So happy you found me! Happy to have you! Feel free to sub in more coconut for the hemp hearts if you are unsuccessful – though I think they are easy to buy online? They are delish with or without!

  24. Hemp hearts!! Ohmigoodness, I must make these ASAP. :)

  25. zahr said

    These look delicious, thanks for posting! Do they work with any gluten free flours?

  26. Lisa from Fullerton

    Hi! I’m one of the few people commenting that have made these cookies. They are divine and perhaps the only chocolate chip cookie I will make from now on. My son has ADHD and his diet is very limited and I’m convinced if his nutrition were better his behavior would improve. I’m hoping he won’t notice the whole wheat flour and hemp hearts because that’s exactly what he needs in his diet. The nutty taste and nubby texture of these cookies is incredibly pleasing to my palate. There are just a few tweaks I made:

    I used King Arthur white whole wheat flour (seemed to kill two birds with one stone and yields a milder taste),

    I omitted the coconut,

    I used a combination of milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips,

    and I used a big tablespoon size scoop of dough, rolled into a ball and flattened with the palm of my hand (they cooked a bit better in the middle and had a better shape this way)

    Thank you again for generously sharing this recipe!

    • Shira

      Wow Lisa, thank you such a wonderful comment, I am so happy you like this recipe! Love your modifications too, crazy how something so good can be so healthy still. I hope your son can enjoy them as much as you :) Thank you again – I might try your variations in my next batch!

  27. Lisa from Fullerton

    One question, have you ever frozen the dough or cookies once made? Thanks!

  28. Lisa from Fullerton

    Thanks, Shira. I find myself in constant awe of all the incredible women out in the blogosphere. What a wonderful forum to show the world how kind, gifted, creative, witty and intelligent we are. :)

    • Shira

      Hear hear! Do you have a blog Lisa? I’m with you….so many amazing women sharing wonderful wisdom and talent.

      • Lisa from Fullerton

        No blog at the moment but it’s always in the back of my mind. By the way, I’m embarrassed to admit my husband and I ate almost all of the cookies ourselves within a day and a half. They were just too scrumptious and surprisingly addictive. :)

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