Crispy Chocolate Cookie Treats – an easy, healthy, no-bake cookie. When it comes to trying to get my daughter to try new foods I really, truly believe I’m doing everything right. I always get her involved in the cooking process. I enforce a strict Three Bite policy at the dinner table. I constantly reinforce the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods. And I put chocolate chips in everything I possible can. But still I’m frustrated by her eating habits. She’s unbelievably sensitive to taste and texture, a common problem with kids who have chemical sensitivities. As we progress with our diet of all natural foods she will eventually leave all of that behind as her system realizes it’s no longer bogged down with those chemicals it can’t process. And actually, I’ve seen enormous progress along the way. She now says she likes things that a year ago she wouldn’t even tolerate being on her plate. But still, each time I make something new I still hold my breath to see what the verdict will be. I’m ecstatic to say that these cookies are one of the biggest successes I’ve ever had with Sophie. She loved them at the first bite, and continues to love them, even beg for them. Max does too. Why is that such a big deal to me? Because these little chocolate goodies are full of some very healthy ingredients. Hidden inside is a nice amount of coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and ground flax seeds. Lots of sneaky nutrition for something that my kids consider a treat. Oh, and they’re gluten free!
Those flax seeds are something you should notice, especially if you’re following an all natural diet to overcome chemical sensitivities and help improve behavior. Flax seeds are high in Omega-3′s, which is an important fatty acid that every person needs to include in their diet. It’s especially important to children who suffer ADHD symptoms. Low levels of Omega-3′s have been linked to ADHD and behavior issues. It’s easy to add ground flax seed to anything you bake – I put a tablespoon in pretty much everything - pancake mix, muffins, bread, granola, and now these little guys. Flax seed does have a fairly strong nutty taste, so use it sparingly in the beginning until your family gets used to the flavor.
The best thing about these treat is that they couldn’t be more simple. Absolutely no baking required, and they’re ready in less than 30 minutes. Just stir everything together, drop onto a baking sheet, and refrigerate until set. I’ve kept a plate of these on the counter for weeks now, and they never last long. They’re fairly high in protein so they keep hunger away very well. I pack them in Sophie’s lunch box and give them out as after school snacks on a regular basis. Feel free to mix in any kind of nuts or other healthy ingredients your family likes. Just be sure to eat them quickly because the chocolate melts kind of quickly on your hands – but that’s never been an issue with us. As soon as I hand one over it’s gone in a flash.
Crispy Chocolate Cookie Treats
3 cups organic puffed rice cereal (I used Envirokids Organic Koala Crisp)
1 cup all natural chocolate chips, melted (I used Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips)
1 Tablespoon organic coconut oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup raw, organic sunflower seeds (I find these at Publix in the produce section)
1 – 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. You may need to add just a bit more melted chocolate to get it to the consistency you like – I like the 1 cup portion but you may find you like it better with more chocolate – it’s your call.
Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet – you can make them as small or as large as you like. Refrigerate until set , about 20-30 minutes.
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