What do you get when you combine a distraught, traditional chocolate chip making grandma with her desire for a vegetable consuming grandkid? – Alien cookies. Am I crazy? Well, try them and see! Basically they started out as a light version of chocolate chip dough infused with spinach, but have since evolved, into a more muffin like texture and quality.
In spite of their relatively healthy attributes, these out of this world treats, have become a regular request by otherwise spinach snubbing grandchild #1. My daughter has subsequently taken over the adventure, bettering it by substituting almond flour for regular flour, and coconut sugar, for regular or brown sugar. They are considerably less sweet than the originals but seem to disappear at the same frequency.
Here is her revised “how to”, in case you would like to ‘boldly go where no cookie has gone before…’
An important aspect of these cookies is the random (but sparse) sprinkling of chocolate chips over their lumpy surface. I was going for a crater look. The first batch was rather burned and added to the theme, while not diminishing the enthusiasm at all.
I split the dry ingredients into 2 batches when I made these last time so this is a huge batch of cookies.
16oz fresh spinach
2 1/2c almond flour (more if necessary)
2tsp baking soda
1c (2 sticks) butter softened
1 1/2c coconut sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
Nuts and chocolate chips if desired.
Heat oven to 375.
Sofen butter, add to blender with all other liquid ingredients.
Blend on high (liquify), slowly add handfulls of spinach until it is all liquified.
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowel and gently mix.
With a hand mixer on low slowly add wet ingredients to dry, blending the dough until it’s slightly wetter than playdough. (You may not need to add all the liquid or you can add more flour if you would like more cookies)
Drop rounded spoonfulls onto parchment paper coverd cookie sheets adding toppings desired.
Bake 8-12 min then move to a cooling rack.
Cookies will keep for approximately a week. Freeze any cookies that are not going to be eaten within that time.