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Chia Cookies

Chia Cookies

Serves: 12

Category: Desserts
Author: Christine Waltermyer
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss, Kid-Friendly, Anti-Cancer/High Micronutrient

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These crunchy cookies make a tasty and good-for-you dessert treat. Chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids as well as anti-cancer lignin compounds.

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1 cup currants
2 cups finely ground rolled oats
1/2 cup dried, unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1 tablespoon whole chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla flavor or pure vanilla bean powder


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Soak 1/2 cup of the currants in 1/2 cup water for at least 1 hour.

Combine the ground oats, coconut, remaining currants, chia seeds and cinnamon in a bowl.

Place the apple in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the almond butter, soaked currants and their soaking water and vanilla. Blend until smooth, then add to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Form cookies using 2 teaspoons of dough per cookie. Place on a baking sheet lightly wiped with oil or covered with parchment paper. Bake at very low heat, 200 degrees F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Makes 36 cookies.

Calories 142; Protein 3 g; Carbohydrates 22 g; Sugars 10 g; Total Fat 5.5 g; Saturated Fat 2.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 3 mg; Fiber 3.9 g; Beta-Carotene 8 ug; Vitamin C 1 mg; Calcium 34 mg; Iron 4.1 mg; Folate 3 ug; Magnesium 22 mg; Potassium 168 mg; Zinc 0.3 mg; Selenium 1.8 ug

Comments (9):



01/08/2013 08:45 PM

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Thank you for posting this. I was looking for a break from cocoa and date based treats and had a surplus of chia seeds. I substituted dried cranberries for currants. Still new to ETL and baking at low temperatures, that I have difficulty determining when something is baked, but not over baked, so I stayed close to the 1 1/2 hr. mark.


03/17/2013 03:18 AM

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Thanks for the recipe! They make a nice, healthy snack. Not too sweet but definitely sweet enough. Next time I think I will try making them with dates. I dried mine out a bit more in my dehydrator as they were still a bit moist underneath.


12/05/2014 02:33 PM

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What can I substitute for the coconut? I don't like it but the rest looks great. Thanks!


12/05/2014 04:14 PM

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I made these and they were good. I must've made them small because I had 39 instead of 20. I cored and chopped an apple and cooked it down with a bit of water to make applesauce. They are not overly sweet. I used raisins instead of currants because that's what I had. I'd make them again. I used the recipe from ETL cookbook.
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12/11/2014 04:19 PM

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This was a fun adventure, first time ever making almond butter (which was a lot of work, but really fun. The only advantage to making homemade is to control the ingredients, but if you have a nutritarian focused option like Dr. Furhman's product I think that is the way to go next time. But still fun to try and good to know how to make your own nut butters.)

Actually this was my first time making cookies ever, so me and the food processor were covered. I think an apron of some sort is in my future.. :)

They turned out great, definitely saving this recipe. Be warned - the cookie dough mixture itself is really good.. so some of the "cookies-to-be" didn't quite make it to the oven.. and some of the "half baked" cookies started disappearing while they were baking. Cookie monster on the loose, maybe. :)

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03/21/2020 01:06 PM

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Trader Joe's sells raw, no salt, no added oil almond butter in smooth and crunchy options for a reasonable price. I've seen it several other places too but I think TJ's has the best price.



12/15/2014 09:32 PM

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NCSU Googled it and did not find many substitutes for coconut if it is the flavor you don't like. Some of the suggestions I found were shredded or finely chopped almonds or other nuts, finely chopped dried fruit, or additional oats or a combination.


04/02/2015 03:43 AM

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These cookies were good. They remind me of a cookie I used to make with bananas, raisins, and sunflower seeds. I think I would like these cookies even more with sunflower seeds. That would add some texture and crunch. Next time I will add them to the batter before baking.


11/18/2015 10:39 PM

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Addictive! Even my picky 9 year old loves them.


05/26/2018 01:54 PM

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Excellent.  I did not cook as long as the recipe stated to obtain a moister cookie.  I baked at 200 degrees or as close as I could get.  In addition to the ceylon cinnamon, I added pinches of nutmeg, cardamon and ginger.  I also reheated in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes with a pan of water below to add moisture before serving later.

This comment was last edited on 05/26/2018 01:54 PM