These fun and delicious cookie sandwiches are perfect for parties and kids lunch boxes, they have a subtle, delicious, nutty chocolate flavour, not too oversweet or rich, because I use these sunflower seeds! These little treats are more enjoyable the smaller they are, so don’t be too tempted to make the cookies too large, because once sandwiched together, they are quite a mouthful.
Whether is works or not, experimenting while baking ensures life will be a sweet experience!
I love incorporating sunflower seeds into my veggie meals, salads and baking recipes, as they are full of a whole range of goodness, so why wouldn’t you? I source mine here from Buywholefoodsonline. They’re rich in healthy fats, beneficial plant compounds and several vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, B6, manganese, iron and selenium. They are especially high in Vitamin E and selenium, which function as antioxidants and help protect you body against free radical damage, which contribute to several chronic diseases (1) sunflower seeds have also been understood to help balance blood sugar levels and reduce high blood pressure (2) an all-round great little magical seed which I love adding everything.
If you are wanting to try using sunflower seeds in a slightly different form other than sprinkling onto foods, then these sandwich cookies are a great idea to try out! Gently toasting them in a pan which I do in this recipe, enhances the flavour and mixed with chocolate, these are so good! For extra sweetness, I enjoy them with a drizzle of coconut cream (as I choose not to add loads of added sugars to my recipes).
These are super quick and easy to make, all you need is:
a large pan
large flat weight or spoon (I use the back of a measuring cup)
food processor or bullet
1 ½ cup sunflower seeds
1 cup wholemeal flour
3 tblsp maple syrup
3 tblsp solid coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 tblsp flax meal
1 tblsp coconut oil
½ cup coconut cream (not liquid milk)
½ bar dark chocolate
3 tblsp cacao powder
2 tblsp maple syrup
So let's get baking!
Heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. and line a large baking tray with non stick baking paper
In a large pan over medium heat, toast the sunflower seeds until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes, making sure to mix them so they don’t burn on the bottom, remove from heat and using a processor or bullet blitzs the toasted sunflower seeds into a rough powder
In a small bowl spoon out the coconut oil and melt in the microwave for 1.5 minutes, then mix with the rest of the ingredients, this mixture does get quite stiff and sticky, but just keep mixing until it's all mixed well, making sure to use a strong wooden spoon, or somthing similar
Once it has all mixed, scoop out the mixture with a teaspoon and roll into balls, you want these to be quite small, only about 2cm in diameter and place out on the tray with large spaces between them, because they need to be flattened. I use the back of my measuring cup to flatten down the balls, but because they are so sticky I gently scrap it off with a thin knife and place onto the tray, you can experiment with other obects to find what works best for you.
Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes, just enough time to lightly brown, be careful not to let htem burn, as they bake very quickly
Remove from the oven and place on a board/drying rack to cool while you make the filling cream, but wait until the cookies are completely cool, about half an hour before adding the cream, because if they are too hot it will melt and be very messy.
break the chocolatre into small pieces and plac ein a heatproof bowl with the coconut oil, melt in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes and mix well so enusre it all melts through, add the rest of the filling ingredients and mix well to form a paste.
Add a thick layer of the creamy filling and sandwich together well
store in a container and in the fridge for a week, enoy!
Give these fun cookies a go and let me know what you think, tag me on instagram so I can follow you too! I you are looking to buy a large bag of good sunflower seeds, have a look here from Buywholefoodsonline