My Gluten-Free Coconut-Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

It’s been a fantastic week so far. We just got back a few days ago after a much needed mini-vacation from Florence and Montepulciano. It was so gorgeous, fun and extremely delicious. (I posted all the food pics on my facebook page).

I got back however and have been in a total baking mood which is odd for me as I don’t really care for sweets. Ok, well maybe that isn’t totally true I like fresh baked goodness, that isn’t too sweet and that is made from whole ingredients (healthier versions of what one would normally opt for). Yeah that seems about right.
I must say that my Husband must be rubbing off on me a bit because I do crave a little snack after dinner (which I generally never did) so now there is that part too. Or could it be age? Or women time? Whatever we’ll never know. All I know is that I am in a baking mood; so baking healthy things has definitely been in my adventurous/guessing/inventing/substituting daily routine of perfecting healthy yummy sweet things and this recipe is one of them.

Did I mention these are Healthy. Gluten-free. Delicious. Good then now we can move to the recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:Makes about 14 cookies

1 cup Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Honey

2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, hardened

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. Baking soda

1 egg white

2 cups Shredded unsweetened Coconut

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven @ 350°
Mix all ingredients in a bowl except Chocolate chips. Roll medium-small sized balls and place on a baking sheet flatten out a bit with your hand sprinkle with Chocolate chips & bake for 10-15 min.

Enjoy!

*Optional:
Substitute Peanut Butter for Almond Butter, also you can use smooth or crunchy depending on the texture you want.

Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies

 

 

Gluten-Free Crunchy Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

A sweet treat for all mythineaters to make this holiday. You didn’t think that I would just expect no one to be craving something yummy and sweet, especially considering that there will be great temptation.

This is how it all started. We had dinner with a friend the other night and I really wanted to bring something. He wasn’t feeling good and I figured that if we brought a bottle of wine (which is our go-to, especially here in Italy, it’s always everyone’s favorite), he probably wouldn’t drink it.
He said that Pizza was on the menu and to not worry about bringing anything. I for one can’t bring myself to not bring something when going over to someone’s home. He’s been really nice to us, he often goes back to the States and every time brings us back something, like for instance hot sauce for my hubby, and organic peanut butter and for me; well let’s say I wanted the 50 Shades of Grey book series in English and couldn’t find them here in Italy so he brought them back from the USA.  Anything that we can’t find here in Italy he does the favor of getting them for us.

Well, it was cold outside I didn’t want to have to leave the house to go to the store (also cause I had no idea what I wanted to get). So I opened the cupboards, by this point I knew I wanted to make a dessert but not to heavy and also without flour considering that we were going to have plenty of it for dinner. I saw the Peanut and knew in that moment that it would be cookies. I also saw the Nutella and figured that seeing that they are pretty much the same consistency they should go good together, this was perfect. A power cookie with a little extra yummy goodness in there, afterall Nutella is made of hazelnuts and chocolate. They turned out fantastic and our friend really enjoyed them, my husband said that they tasted like a Reeses Peanut butter cup.
So, here is the super easy and delicious recipe. Now you can indulge this holiday without feeling too guilty. Enjoy!

Ingredients:Makes about 24 small cookies

1 cup smooth Peanut Butter (try to get the natural ones, no sugar or other additives)

1/2 cup Nutella*

3/4 cup Sugar

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 Egg

1/4 cup Hazelnuts (finely chopped)**

1/4 cup Dark Chocolate (finely chopped)

Preheat the oven at 350°.
In a medium bowl mix sugar with baking soda, whisk in your egg and then add your peanut butter and nutella. Mix all ingredients. Stir in your chopped hazelnuts and chocolate. Prep 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
Get tbsp and scoop out dough; make balls and set on the trays.
Once you’re done with the balls grab a fork and make crosspatch patterns on each cookie.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. Let cool before eating.

* Nutella is optional you can follow the recipe the same way and just leave it out
** Hazelnuts that’s what I had but you can replace with any nut you want
*** You can also make larger cookies that is up to you, I did!