These pecan chocolate chunk cookies have to be added to your holiday baking list. Just don’t expect them to last until the holidays. A healthy, simple recipe that is gluten free, grain free, paleo, vegan, and tastes decadent! These pecan chocolate chunk cookies will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. Healthy enough to eat for breakfast these cookies are packed with protein, fiber, and even some hidden veggies! Curious to find out?
Chocolate and pecan is one of my favorite combinations. One year for Thanksgiving I made a chocolate pecan pie, it was literally to die for! .I’m pretty sure that was my favorite holiday pie I’ve ever made, but I also remember being on a crazy sugar high and binge eating half the pie in one night. So you might say I get pretty crazy with the chocolate and pecan combo.
So I have found ways to make healthier desserts. Desserts that actually fill me up, instead of just empty calories that cause me to just search for more and more sugar. Maybe you feel the same way around all the holiday cookies lately – out of control and difficult to say no or resist those cookies in the fridge or freezer? Well make yourself a batch of these pecan chocolate chunk cookies and I promise you will feel full and satisfied instead of empty and a tad bit remorseful for eating everyone’s cookies.
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I hope to inspire you to try something new with this pecan chocolate chunk cookie. The cookies have a hidden vegetable in them – if you couldn’t tell from the pictures, they are full of pumpkin! What pumpkin? Well it’s one of my favorite bases for cookies, it’s low carb, it’s pretty neutral (meaning it doesn’t overpower a recipe) and it’s in season right now so I almost always have a half used can of pumpkin puree in the fridge.
Knowing my tendency to eat all the cookies, I decided to keep the ingredients in these cookies as healthy as possible. Almond flour, coconut flour, protein powder, pumpkin, mashed banana and a little bit of coconut oil. These cookies seriously could be enjoyed for breakfast, and are probably healthier than the average toaster strudel or pop-tart, I’m just sayin!
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Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 large banana - mashed
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tbs. unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3 tbs. almond flour
- 2 tbs. coconut flour
- 1 serving vanilla vegan protein powder - Nuzest
- 2 tbs. chia sees
- 1/2 tbs. cinnamon
- 1/2 tbs. coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips - chopped into chunks
- Preheat oven to 375F
- In a large bowl, mash the banana, then add the pumpkin puree.
- To the banana and pumpkin mixture, add the chia seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes.Stir to combine.
- Next stir in the almond flour, coconut flour, protein powder and cinnamon. Mix well to combine, the dough will be thick.
- Melt the coconut oil and add 1/2 tbs along with the vanilla extract to the dough. Mix well.
- Add the baking powder, pecans and chocolate chunks. Stir to distribute and combine.
- Using a tablespoon (I spray mine with coconut oil), scoop out 16-18 cookies on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 375F for 15-17 minutes until firm to the touch.
- Allow to cool for at least 20-30 minutes before enjoying. These cookies are amazing warm, so be sure to get at least one before putting them in the fridge for storage!
- *To make this recipe truly grain free, you may want to use a hemp protein, or a pumpkin or a sunflower seed protein all of which would be grain free.
What about you?
- Do you ever have cookies for breakfast?
- What was you favorite dessert you have ever made?
- Do you make holiday cookies for gifts?