Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chocolate Chunk Avocado Lime Cookies


For some reason I was really craving avocado.  Maybe it was because I have been running more lately and my body is needing the nutrition rich healthy avocado fat.  Or possibly, it is because of my love for the silky green fruit which I could eat plain with a spoon.  Either way, I decided that I needed to eat some so I bought quite a few.  Some were firm enough to use in salads but a few were getting a little squishy, so I thought I could use their puree in a creative way other than guacamole. 


I had made a mousse, a cheesecake, and a pie so I wanted something different. Then it dawned on me, I could use it in cookies!  Afterall, I have used bananas and how much different could their texture be from the avocados?  I told a few friends and coworkers what I was doing and they thought I was a bit nuts, skeptical that avocadoes would be good in cookies...but I really wanted to prove them wrong and promised that if they turned out I would share.


So I got to work creating the dough and  incorporated the avocadoes into lime scented vegan cookie dough studded with dark chocolate chunks. Which, I might add, was delicious even before baking.  I am a big cookie dough eater, so the taste of the dough is just as important as the baked cookies! They smelled wonderful while baking filling my kitchen with the aroma of lime and chocolate!  They were delicious warm as I tasted one about a minute out of the oven while the chocolate was still molten.  It had a hint of lime, and a rich almost buttery dough which the dark chocolate was wonderful with!   You could not taste the avocado, but I know it contributed to that delicious texture!


Since they turned out so well, I shared them with the skeptics, including my own mother, who loved them!  I have a feeling you would love them as well, so I have included the recipe should you wish to try them!


Chocolate Chunk Avocado Lime Cookies
makes 1 1/2 dozen

Cookies:
1 cup maple sugar, or granulated organic sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup pureed avocado
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lime extract
2 Tbsp organic lime zest
2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup agave nectar
2 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
8 oz vegan dark chocolate, chopped

In a food processor, combine coconut oil, sugar, avocado, vanilla extract, lime, zest, and agave nectar and process until well combined (alternatively place in a bowl and use an immersion blender), then scrape mixture into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, then add to the large bowl, and mix until well combined. Mix in the chocolate, and place in the fridge to chill until firm, preferrably overnight. To bake, Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll balls into about 2 1/2 inch balls, and place on prepared cookie sheets a couple inches apart (refrigerate unused dough while baking the other trays). Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until puffed and just starting to brown slightly. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining cookies.

26 comments:

  1. I am interested in the lime & chocolate combo. I haven't ever combined those flavors!

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  2. WOW, what a cookie, I can't wait to try your recipe!!!!

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  3. Creative combo of flavors here, I do like lime and white chocolate, but I imagine the dark chocolate works really well. I think in Fl they dip slices of key lime pie in chocolate and freeze them. The texture of these is pretty awesome in that picture. Great post!

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  4. thanks for sharing! im really looking forward to trying this recipe. looks yummy...

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  5. I would never have thought to add avocado and lime into cookies! How innovative. I absolutely cannot wait to give these a try.

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  6. I think you're onto something here with the avocado! These look so moist and wonderful. And I always know a cookie will be good by sampling the dough :)

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  7. What a unique cookie recipe! So curious to taste how the chocolate and avocado go together!

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  8. Great combination of flavors. You managed to use whole wheat flour with avocado and lime. That's brilliant Amy!

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  9. The thing is, I really want to taste the avocado! Sounds fantastic!

    The texture of these cookies looks really amazing. I'll have to give it a shot!

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  10. What brilliant cookies - avocado and vanilla ice cream go heavenly together so I will trust you on this too :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Layered Double Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

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  11. Wow, what a cool idea - I am really excited by this whole avocado thing. And chocolate chunks are the best :)

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  12. What a really cool combo. You are so creative! I would gobble these up pretty quickly.

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  13. Congrats on Top 9, Amy!
    I'm curious enough to try out this combo. I love avocado too! Just by the sound and looks of it ... I think I'm gonna like this!

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  14. Such a hodgepodge of ingredients... unique, creative & delicious!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  15. This is inspired. I can just imagine the texture and taste. They look scrumptious.

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  16. Wow, what a nice combination of flavors. Very original. They look and sound delish!

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  17. The recipe calls for 'cooked' avocado...do you bake it? please advise. Thanks

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  18. Oops! That was a typo on my part, the avocado just needs to be very ripe and soft.

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  19. I can't have cane sugar and I don't have maple sugar, so I am wondering about subbing xylitol or a mix of xylitol/date sugar. I hear xylitol reproduces well, but I also hear it absorbs moisture. Any experience with this and advice about how to adjust the recipe if I want to sub the sugar for xylitol?

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  20. I think the xylitol would work fine if it says it can be substituted for cane sugar. I have not used it in baking, but it should be about the same consistency as the maple and cane sugar.

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  21. How would you say I could go about using organic sugar in place of the agave?

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    1. It would probably be better to replace it with another liquid sweetener such as honey or maple syrup. I a not sure how taking the liquid away might affect the cookie's texture.

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  22. Just made these as gluten free bars! I used a combination of almond, coconut, and a gf all purpose flour. They turned out great, although the dough was way more limey than the bar.

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    1. Awesome that they worked out as bars! I have wanted to try some of my cookies as gluten free, but haven't gotten to it yet. Good to know it worked!

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  23. Am making these cookies right now, the dough tastes delicious even before baking them! Am wondering if I should leave them as balls or press them down abit before baking?

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    1. They need to be pressed down, as they do not spread much.

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