Chocolate Chip Sacha Inchi Cookies

Superfood sacha inchi, also called Inca peanuts, are high in protein and very rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that increases levels of serotonin.
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Chocolate Chip Sacha Inchi Cookies recipe

Sacha inchi have a warm, nutty flavor, which tastes slightly of the sea.

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  • 24 cookiesServings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ tsp each baking soda and sea salt
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted and salted sacha inchi seeds (TRY: Imlak’esh Organics Sacha Inchi)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, mix together coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Add chocolate chips and sacha inchi and fold to combine.

4. Working 1 tbsp at a time, drop rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Shape into circles and press down to flatten slightly. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until cookies begin to turn golden. Let cookies rest on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

More Uses: Try warming coconut oil in a heavy skillet, then add sacha inchi seeds, coconut sugar and cardamom; cook on medium-low, stirring almost constantly until seeds are coated and golden, then transfer to a sheet of parchment to cool. Add sacha inchi powder to smoothies, or try it in baked good such as muns or breads to boost protein and tryptophan.

Health Tip: Sacha inchi, also called Inca peanuts, come from the seeds of the Plukenetia volubilis plant native to the Amazon rain forest, where it has been grown and consumed for thousands of years. They’re high in protein and very rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that increases levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with modulation of mood and appetite. Serotonin deficiencies are associated with carbohydrate cravings and binge eating, and people who are obese tend to have low blood tryptophan levels, suggesting that serotonin deficiency may be linked with overeating. Tryptophan also balances mood, reducing the risk of stress-related overeating. Sacha inchi usually comes in whole-seed or powder form. 

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 112
  • Carbohydrate Content: 10 g
  • Fat Content: 8 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 79 mg
  • Sugar Content: 8 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 2 g