Chocolate and lemon combine as a unique flavor pairing in these soft & delicious cookies. Fresh lemon with rich chocolate makes for a zesty, decadent taste sensation. These doughy bites of delight are gluten-free, vegan, and have no added sugar! The perfect healthy snack or light dessert for any occasion!
Alternatively this post could have been called, “The Donuts That Didn’t Happen”.
Let me tell you a quick story…
As you know, homemade donut making is all the rage in the food blog world. After seeing delicious donut recipes on all my favorite blogs, I couldn’t fight the urge I had to create some of my own. I came up with the perfect recipe (inspired by a shipment from Frieda’s that I had just received), but I was faced with one (sort of BIG) problem….NO DONUT PAN. How’s a girl to make donuts without the crucial piece of equipment?I am not one to give up that easily and I figured shaping donuts by hand wouldn’t be too hard. However, my batter decided otherwise. Donut batter is not like cookie batter in that it’s thick and moldable. It’s a lot softer and more sticky, so using my hands was a no-go. I ransacked our baking drawer and stumbled across a mini bundt cake tray. I figured this would work to give me that round shape I was looking for and then I could just bang the batter out of the tray one at a time and on a prepared baking sheet.
My plan actually worked! I couldn’t believe it! All I had to do was poke holes through the middle and VOILA. Donuts without a donut pan!
All this would have been well and good, until last Friday when I received not one but TWO donut pans for Christmas! A welcome gift for sure, but I felt silly sharing a recipe for (improperly made) donuts, when I now had everything I needed to make perfect ones.Cookies it was! Specifically, thumbprint cookies because you can’t really poke holes all the way through batter on a baking sheet. 😉
So today, you’re getting the donuts that didn’t actually happen. But regardless of what you call them (cookies, want-to-be donuts, or small bites of chocolate goodness!) they are darn delicious! I think you’ll agree…Healthy Helper Blog [vegan, gluten-free, healthy, healthy recipes, recipe, cookies, dessert, snack, chocolate, lemon, fresh, treat, healthy desserts, no added sugar, fruit sweetened, sugar-free] ” width=”454″ height=”577″>
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats, ground into flour
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp banana syrup (can sub maple syrup)
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract or ¼ tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1 Meyer lemon, peeled and pureed
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened cashew milk
- 5-10 drops of lemon stevia, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350. Once oats are ground and lemon is pureed, mix all ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and divide the batter into 6 small circles. Using a finger, poke a whole almost all the way through cookies. Alternatively, these can be made into donuts if you have a mini doughnut pan. Spray the pan well with cooking spray and divide the batter into 6 individual doughnuts. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until slightly browned on the bottom and firm. Cool on a wire rack.
Gluten-free, vegan, and no added sugar, these cookies are perfect for snacks, on-the-go breakfasts, or light desserts. They’re so darn healthy that you can really justify eating them anytime you’re wanting a chocolate treat.You might think that lemon and chocolate are a strange conversation (I did at first!), but if you can combine orange and chocolate, why not sweet Meyer lemons?
The Meyer lemons I receive from Frieda’s periodically throughout the year are always amazing. So refreshing and candy-like yet with a light, lemony flavor. A little sour, but a lot sweet! I trusted my gut and went with this unusual pairing.It worked beyond my expectations and had actually become a new favorite combination of mine. I’ve even been putting a few drops of lemon stevia in my favorite chocolate tea!In fact, these cookies are perfect for eating with a mug of hot tea. Make some this week and join in the taste sensation!And don’t worry…LOTS of real donut recipes will becoming your way in the New Year! The experimentation has already begun. 😉Healthy Helper Blog [vegan, gluten-free, healthy, healthy recipes, recipe, cookies, dessert, snack, chocolate, lemon, fresh, treat, healthy desserts, no added sugar, fruit sweetened, sugar-free] ” width=”299″ height=”830″>
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