I made these beauties mainly because I made a big batch of gnocchi this past weekend to share with friends. So, I had 12 egg whites in a bowl waiting for me to use them up. Which doesn't really happen often, let's be honest. If you are going to use an egg, you might as well use the whole thing, right?! Well, yeah. But this recipe calls for the egg whites...so you either need to make a big batch of gnocchi, or save those yokes for some other recipe. The benefit of using the egg whites in this recipe is that it boosts the protein levels up, and there is hardly any carbs at all. Also, there is no flour or grains used in this recipe, so those who are on the grain-free diet path, this recipe is for you.
I call them energy cookies mainly because every ingredient besides the agave nectar is packed with protein, nutrients, and fiber. So, in some ways you could eat these cookies before and after you work out and you will feel the benefit from the protein calories to keep you going. And who isn't looking for some extra energy this time of year. I don't know if it is the lack of sunlight or all those new year resolutions, but it seems like we need a little extra energy to keep you going and get you to spring.
I love having a treat that not only looks, smells and tastes good, but it also is good for you and won't bring you down. You may think that coconut is so fattening that it may not be a good option for that new year diet, I beg to differ.... you need to have good fat in your life when you are trying to loose those extra pounds. Coconut actually helps you burn more calories by helping you boost your metabolic strength and making those calories give you energy longer. So, if you are going to make those calories count for something, fill up on coconut and almonds (in serving moderation of course :). Plus, not to mention the fiber benefits. But, let's get to the recipe, shall we...
Energy Cookies Recipe
8 egg whites only
3 cups of shredded coconut (raw, not sweetened)
2 cups of ground raw almonds (almond meal)
1/2 cup of raw organic agave nectar
1 ts. of cinnmon
1 ts. of vanilla
Mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes for the coconut and almonds to soak up the liquid. Then scoop out 1 TB sized scoops onto a parchment papered cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You will know they are done when they get golden brown and look crispy. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before moving to keep them intact. Then enjoy! Pack in an airtight container on the counter, or fridge...they will get moister each day so just be aware of that.
That recipe was probably the simplest recipe ever as well, so not only do you save your energy making them, but you gain energy by eating them :) I know, that's a bit over the top.
I hope you enjoy today and find peace and joy in the simple things.
Much love to you!