Ontario Apples and Almond Butter Whole Wheat Cookies

Alleviate stress and improve mood and concentration with these moist and decadent cookies. Ontario apples and rich dark chocolate nestle in a scrumptious whole wheat and almond butter batter to create a cookie that is as delicious as it is brain healthy. You won’t believe these cookies are good for you, but more importantly, neither will the kids.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Variety Tip: For best results, use Ontario Empire or Gala apples.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter 175 mL
1 1/4 cup pure creamed honey 300 mL
2 eggs 2
1 1/2 cup almond butter 375 mL
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional) 5 mL
1 large sweet firm Ontario apple, cored, peeled and cut into small cubes 1
3 cups whole wheat or spelt flour 750 mL
1/4 cup ground flax 50 mL
1 tsp baking soda 5 mL
1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
1 cup dark chocolate, chopped into small bits (minimum 70% cocoa)(can use 100 g bar) 250 mL

Directions

Before you begin: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat butter, honey, eggs, almond butter and vanilla (optional). Stir in cubed apple.

In a separate bowl, add flour, flax, baking soda, salt and chocolate, mix using a fork.

Fold dry ingredients into bowl with wet ingredients until combined. Scoop a rounded tablespoon of batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (a finger space apart). Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Per serving (1 cookie):
148 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 16 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 4 g protein. % RDI: 2% calcium, 2% iron, 2% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C.

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