SO GOOD Caramel Stuffed Cookie Sandwiches
I have created this SO GOOD Caramel Stuffed Cookie Sandwiches recipe based off of a recipe found in my absolute favorite book called the foodie teen, I have changed it slightly and created a caramel inside that tastes incredible. These cookies are SO SO good even the dough is hard to resist and the filling tastes amazing by itself as well. These are a decadent treat that will fill any sweet craving instantly and will leave you feeling satisfied. The nuts and dates used as a base for the filling and dough give your body a surge of goodness and a lovely feeling of satisfaction. The raw cocoa powder is an amazing mood boosting food along with containing essential heart healthy fats, protein, fiber and even vitamins, antioxidants, iron and magnesium. This is a wide range of amazing healthy supplements all within one super food, which will help fuel and heal your body from the inside out.
Cocoa Antidepressant Effects
According to Elson Hass in his book “Staying Healthy With Nutrition,” cocoa may provide antidepressant benefits. He explains that cocoa contains the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a mood elevator and natural antidepressant.The University of Michigan Health System (UMIM) states that cocoa may also have the ability to boost endorphins, which act as natural “happy” opiates and are responsible for the highs that are often felt after exercising, laughing, having sex or winning the lottery. Finally, UMIM says that cocoa may boost serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels.
Cocoa and Antioxidants
Cocoa also contains approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram. Flavonoids are part of a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, and according to Medical News Today, cocoa is one of the highest polyphenol-containing foods. In addition, hot cocoa contains more antioxidants per cup than a serving of red wine or tea, and Science Daily explains it may even be the healthiest choice of the three. Science Daily also states that drinking cocoa may help to fight cancer, heart disease and aging through its antioxidant boosting effect. Medical News Today warns however that most commercial cocoa powders have the antioxidant-containing flavonoids removed because they taste bitter; therefore, in order to obtain the health boosting benefits, consider buying raw cocoa powder, which is a minimally processed cocoa powder. Read on cocoa more here
- 1 cup of ground almonds
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 4 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup dates (Medjool or dried dates soaked in boiling water until softened)
- 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of ground almonds
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Place the ground almond, tapioca flour, raw cocoa powder, coconut oil, almond milk,coconut sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract into the food processor and pulse until all combined into a nice soft chocolaty dough.
- Roll the dough in-between two pieces of baking paper with a rolling pin or a bottle, the dough needs to be quite thin but not too thin.
- Once all rolled out pull the top layer of paper off from the dough and cut out circles with a cookie cutter until all the dough has been used (this might take a few attempts of re-rolling to ensure the dough isn’t too thin and to make sure none of it goes to waste and is all used up).
- Once all the dough has been used transfer the cookies onto a baking tray and cook for about 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on top, or to be double sure they are cooked feel them and if they are hard then they’re done.
- Leave to rest on a cooling tray and move along to the caramel filling.
- Place the dates and into the food processor and pulse until combined into a nice thick texture that looks golden brown like caramel.
- Once the cookies have fully cooled down – place a teaspoon or two of the caramel filling in the center of half of the cookies and then place a top on and squish them together until the caramel almost comes out the sides.
- repeat this to all of the cookies (if you have extra caramel left over roll them into balls and place in the freezer as they work great as bliss balls as well)
- Once each cookie is done - eat and enjoy!
- You will need a food processor or good quality blender for this recipe.
- These cookies will last a week in the pantry or the fridge but I challenge you to make them last longer than a few days as in my house they get gobbled up as soon as they are made !
Recipe Credit: Mia