These two main ingredient cookies made from an avocado and coconut flour are naturally gluten free. They are easy to make and are full of good for you vitamins and nutrients.
Did you Know that the avocado has been called the world’s most perfect food and has many health benefits? Avocados contain vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins, as well as potassium. Avocados contain two key carotenoid antioxidants, lycopene and beta-carotene, which are increased significantly when you add avocados to your diet.
Researchers believe that avocado’s amazing carotenoid diversity is a key factor in the anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit, often classed as a vegetable. These nutrients are key supporters of our inflammatory system that help keep inflammation under control. The anti-inflammatory benefits of the fat in the avocado are particularly well documented in helping with problems involving arthritis.
The high amount of fatty acid in avocados is called oleic acid, which helps our digestive tract to form transport molecules for fat that can increase our absorption of the carotenoid nutrients. As a monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid has also been shown to help lower our risk of heart disease. Avocados also contain omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid.
The coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a functional food because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut helps prevent obesity by speeding up metabolism, providing an immediate source of energy with fewer calories than other fats. People who consistently use coconut products, report a stronger ability to go without eating for several hours with no affects of hypoglycemia. Coconut reduces sweet cravings and improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. The healthy fat in coconut slows down any rise in blood sugar and helps to reduce hypoglycemic cravings.
You can find the coconut flour for this recipe at Whole Foods Supermarket. A good brand to get is Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour. Avocados can be purchased at any grocery store.
Savory avocado coconut cookies (8 cookies, 50 calories each)
- 1 large avocado (Hass type variety)
- 1/4 cup of coconut flour
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
You will also need non stick cooking spray for the baking pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Scoop out the avocado flesh and mash in a medium bowl with a fork.
- Add the coconut flour and salt and mix well.
- Spray the baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
- Form the dough with your hands into 8 cookies, placing each one onto the baking pan a couple of inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and use a spatula to remove cookies onto a serving plate.
These cookies are good warm from the oven. If you have any leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or frozen for a couple of months.