1/3 cup cooked pureed beets (mashed up well or blend with the other wet ingredients before adding dry ingredients)
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup raw unpasteurized honey
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.25 cup quinoa flour
1/2 tbsp aluminum-free baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients well and drop onto lightly sprayed cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before eating. Makes about 2 dozen 2 inch-sized cookies.
Nutritional value per cookie:
Beets contain betaine, a derivative of the nutrient choline, that aids in liver function, detoxification and cellular functioning within the body. Its most crucial role is to help the body process fats. Good news for cleansing and for weight loss. But there’s more! Beets are also a rich source of naturally occurring nitrates – not to be confused with processed artificially nitrates that are very bad for our health. Natural nitrates are different, and they get converted into nitric oxide in the body which is a vasodilator. Yes, it opens up your blood vessels, allowing for more oxygen and nutrient rich blood to get to your working muscles. In fact, beets are a recognized natural sports performance food for that very reason!
These cookies would make a perfect pre-workout snack.