I don’t bake for pleasure. Does that make me a bad blogger?
A bad potential grandma for sure.
I bake for practical reasons. To make others happy. To have something to snack on that isn’t as boring as fruit or as expensive and crap-filled as buying pre-made baked goods.
Oh, and of course, to instagram.
With these cookies, I also had the practical reason of getting a little of my plant protein in, as well as some healthy fats, when I was looking for an afternoon pick-me-up.
One option could have been to blend this stuff up as a smoothie – but if I had to choose between smoothie and cookie? Well, I’d be kidding myself if I chose the former.
So I gathered my ingredients…
Pretty simple right? Well, they checked all the boxes for me.
Low-carb, high-fat, packed with protein and… chocolate.
Real food, real simple – and really very good for you.
Combined to a mush and wedged into my cat-shaped cookie cutter? The purrrfect snack!
I also just realised they’re raw, vegan and dairy-free!
Without further pussy-footing (har) around, I give you…
Makes 6 small cookies
- 1 cup (150g) mixed nuts
- 1 cup (180g) protein powder (I used my plant-based blend)
- 2 tbsp cacao (or cocoa) powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil*
- Sweetener of choice**
- Add nuts to a food processor and start processing until they get just beyond ‘crumbly’ stage. Scrape down the sides every 10 seconds or so, and keep going!
- Add the remaining ingredients and adjust consistencies until you get something you thing will hold it’s shape (eg. too liquid? add protein. Too dry? add coconut oil.)
- Line tray/plate/chopping board with cling film(saran wrap to you yanks) or parchment paper and get your cat-shaped cookie cutter ready! You don’t have one yet? TUT.
- Fill the cutter with the mixture and press down – it should lift off pretty easily. Alt: Mould into cookie shapes, or animal of choice.
- Set the tray in the fridge for 20 minutes or so to firm up, while you lick the bowl. Enjoy!
* You could use less or omit this if you wanted to blend the nuts for longer – they’ll start going nut-butter-esque so the natural oils they produce will get you to the right consistency. You’re aiming for a consistency like Play-Doh. What?
** I used 4-5 drops of vanilla stevia because it’s the shiznit, but you could sub for coconut sugar, xylitol. You could also use 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup, you just might need to add a bit more protein powder to make sure it isn’t too liquidy, and remember it will make it higher carb.
If you’d like a crunchier cookie, check out the original Cat Cookies – they’re an oldie but a goodie!