Fruit and Nut Chocolate Dipped Cookies, what’s not to like? They make a great dessert or snack, but you can also eat them for breakfast. Yes, breakfast! Seriously, with ingredients such as quinoa flakes, flax meal and almond butter, even a chocolate dipped cookie can be appropriate for breakfast!
I’ve made these Fruit and Nut Chocolate Dipped Cookies a few times, and tried different combinations of dried fruits and nuts – cherries, cranberries, blueberries, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios. While every batch has been tasty, my latest batch, which includes dried goji berries, strawberries, pineapple, cashews and pecans, is my favorite! These cookies are still hearty, but the selection of dried fruit, along with the coconut topping, balances out the heartiness and gives them a sweet, spring-like taste.
One batch makes 12 cookies and they freeze really well. So you can make these on a Sunday afternoon and store them in your freezer for a quick and easy breakfast or snack during the week. And a bonus – they don’t take long to assemble and only take 10-12 minutes to bake (plus some time for chocolate dipping!).
A lot of times, dipping cookies in chocolate can be messy and time consuming. But since this recipe only makes a small batch, and you are only dipping half the cookie in chocolate, it really doesn’t get too messy. If I can do this with minimal mess, anyone can!
You could eat these cookies without the chocolate coating, especially if you are looking for a really healthy version, but I’m going to be honest, the dark chocolate makes these cookies. It adds a little decadent touch, both in how the cookies taste and how they look! Besides, dark chocolate is clean eating, right? 😉
Notice that there are only 11 cookies in the picture above, and I said this recipe makes a dozen…….
What can I say? Taking photos is hungry work. YUM 🙂
If you make this recipe, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!Print
Fruit and Nut Chocolate Dipped Cookies
These cookies are made mostly with clean ingredients, so go ahead and make them as a “healthier” dessert or filling snack. With ingredients such as quinoa flakes, flax meal and almond butter, they are loaded with fibre and protein.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 12
- Category: Dessert; Snack; Breakfast
- 3 tbsp. egg whites
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup almond milk
- 1/8 cup honey
- 1/8 cup almond butter
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 tbsp. flax meal
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 3/4 dried fruit and nut mixture (I used dried goji berries, strawberries, pineapple, cashews and pecans)
- 3oz. dark chocolate baking squares
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil (solid)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (could also use sweetened coconut)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12×16 cookie sheet.
- Mix together the egg whites, olive oil, almond butter, honey and almond milk. I use an electric mixer and beat on high for 2-3 minutes to ensure the ingredients are well combined. The honey and almond butter require a bit of work to blend into the other ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, quinoa flakes, flax meal, salt, baking soda and pumpkin spice.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until well combined. Add in fruit and nut mixture and stir until combined. The mixture may be a bit crumbly but should be doughy enough to stick together.
- Roll mixture into 2 inch balls and lay on the baking sheet. Use a fork or spoon to flatten out balls slightly. They will not flatten or spread out much while baking.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool another 20 minutes.
- Place parchment paper or wax paper on a large plate or baking sheet. Melt chocolate and coconut oil over low heat (stirring often). Dip half the cookie in the chocolate mixture. Let the excess chocolate drip off before placing the cookie on the parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle the chocolate side with coconut before the chocolate dries. Repeat with each cookie.
- Place the cookies in the fridge for 2 hours, or until the chocolate has set. Makes 12 cookies.
- Store cookies in airtight container and consume within 3 days. Cookies do not need to be refrigerated. Cookies will also keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.