After eating pili nuts all evening, I realized I HAD to come up with a way to add these to some cookies, however, why negate the amazing benefits of pili nuts by adding a bunch of sugar, flour, and nasty oils used in typical baking? Baking with these feels a TINY bit defiant but I had to try it, so I chose some cleaner ingredients and fired up the oven.
Adapted from Detoxinista’s coconut chocolate chip cookies
Preheat your oven to 350*
1. Take 3 eggs and whisk well in a medium bowl.
2. Melt the coconut oil on the stovetop (or you can microwave if you use one) and add to the whisked eggs.
3. Add your syrup/honey/agave to the egg/oil mix. You could add some natural flavor or vanilla if you wanted to take it up a notch here. Sprinkle in a pinch of good sea salt.
4. In a large bowl- sift your coconut flour to make sure there are no lumps.
5. Do the same with the cacao powder, then make sure the two are mixed well.
6. Combine your dry and wet bowls in the large bowl and mix well. It will start to look like a thick, chunky brownie mix.
7. Chop the pili (I used a little food processor) to a medium size. (CAREFUL! These break down fast so don’t chop for too long.)
8. Fold into your batter. Take a tbsp of the mix per cookie and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper or silat baking mat (less waste!) Try to hide any exposed nut into the batter so you have less of a chance of burning the pili.
9. Bake for 12-15 minutes (or less if you made them thin). The batch above was 12:30 and came out great. Check your cookies every few minutes to make sure nothing burns.
10. Let cool and enjoy!
They’re totally understated at first taste with little sweetness but finish with an extreme brownie like chocolate butter burst- must be the pili. These don’t give you the burst of sweet that typically hits you when eating a cookie- but thats because I’m not adding a bunch of refined sugars.
These are a great way to enjoy a treat without compromising the way you eat. These have really inspired me and motivated me to come up with more ways to use my new favorite nut.
Let me know if you give these a shot- or if you have tried pili nuts… what do you think?
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