Heart Chakra Valentine’s Day Cookies

Heart Chakra Chocolate Avocado Cookies, by Barbara Bonomo
Valentine’s Day is filled with red and pink, hearts and sweets, and of course, chocolate!  However, the
color associated with the heart chakra (one of the seven major energy centers of the body) is green.  The
heart chakra, or Anahata, is where we experience love, compassion, and healing energies.  Physically, it
is associated with the heart and circulatory system.  This Valentine’s Day, why not combine a hearthealthy*
green avocado with some natural cocoa for these delicious cookies.  You don’t even have to tell
your sweetie they’re good for you!
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour (I like Trader Joe’s white whole wheat)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted if solid)
1/4 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
24 (or more) semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa.
3. Use a stand mixer, blender, or food processor (I use a Ninja blender) to mix the coconut oil, avocado,
and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add in the vanilla extract and milk, combine. You will have
a smooth, olive-green mixture.
4. If using a stand mixer, you can gracefully combine the wet and dry ingredients. Otherwise, pour the wet
into the dry, and use a big spoon to patiently combine everything until the flour disappears (it will be
gooey and take a few minutes, but it will work). You will end up with a dark, fudge-like ball of dough.
5. Roll the dough ball into a log, cut in half, and continue cutting evenly into 24 pieces. Roll each piece
into a ball and place on the cookie sheet, spaced evenly. Slightly flatten the cookies (I used the bottom of
a measuring cup). If you’d like, press one or more chocolate chips into each cookie. Bake cookies for
about 10 minutes, until set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Let the cookies cool for a few
minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a wire cooling rack (or just slide the parchment and cookies onto
the counter) and cool completely. If you used chocolate chips, spread the chocolate around a bit while it’s
still soft and melted.
*Over half the fat in avocados is in the form of oleic acid (similar to olive oil). Oleic acid helps us absorb
fat-soluble nutrients. It is a monounsaturated fatty acid, which lowers risk for heart disease. Plant-based
fats like those in avocados, coconut oil, flax seeds, and nuts are all heart-healthy choices.