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Healthy cookies with sweet potato, pecans, dark chocolate, and bourbon-soaked raisins

Updated on August 18, 2013

Healthy cookies with sweet potato, chocolate and bourbon-soaked raisins

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Sweet potato cookies with chocolate and bourbon-soaked raisins

These cookies are nearly guilt-free! They have a deep, rich flavor, that will satisfy any sweet tooth!
These cookies are nearly guilt-free! They have a deep, rich flavor, that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | Source
Bake, then peel and mash your medium-sized sweet potato in a large mixing bowl
Bake, then peel and mash your medium-sized sweet potato in a large mixing bowl | Source
Almond butter and sweet potato living in harmony!
Almond butter and sweet potato living in harmony! | Source
Remember to spoon your flour into the measuring cup and then level it off. You will be alot more accurate and save on flour.
Remember to spoon your flour into the measuring cup and then level it off. You will be alot more accurate and save on flour. | Source
I used a cup of raisins, then poured in enough bourbon to get to the one cup line. I think next batch I will add 2 cups of bourbon-soaked raisins.
I used a cup of raisins, then poured in enough bourbon to get to the one cup line. I think next batch I will add 2 cups of bourbon-soaked raisins. | Source
I gently heated the bourbon and raisins to speed up the soaking process.
I gently heated the bourbon and raisins to speed up the soaking process. | Source
Toast your pecans before adding them to the cookie mix. It draws out all the flavors!
Toast your pecans before adding them to the cookie mix. It draws out all the flavors! | Source
It does seem like a lot of pecans, but it's just a perfect amount!
It does seem like a lot of pecans, but it's just a perfect amount! | Source
Kitchen aromatherapy! They smell divine!
Kitchen aromatherapy! They smell divine! | Source
Cover your ears, it's going to be loud but the pieces need to be smaller to incorporate them into the cookie. You can hand chop them all too, if you don't have a food processor.
Cover your ears, it's going to be loud but the pieces need to be smaller to incorporate them into the cookie. You can hand chop them all too, if you don't have a food processor. | Source
Cookie dough is ready for the cookie sheets
Cookie dough is ready for the cookie sheets | Source
This recipe makes a ton of cookies. They freeze perfectly.
This recipe makes a ton of cookies. They freeze perfectly. | Source

Healthy cookies with sweet potato, pecans, and bourbon-soaked raisins

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 53 min
Yields: Makes 60 cookies

Healthy sweet potato cookies with dark chocolate

  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potato, baked
  • 1 cup bourbon, any top-shelf brand
  • 4 cups spelt flour, you could also use, wheat or white or a gluten free flour mix
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups pecans, toasted
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup, organic if possible
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips, or regular. If you like your cookies really chocolaty add another cup of chips
  • 1 cup raisins, organic if possible

Healthy sweet potato cookies with bourbon-soaked raisins

  1. Start your oven on 400 degrees and bake your sweet potato while preparing all the other ingredients. I usually bake the sweet potato a few days advance of the recipe.
  2. Place your raisins and the bourbon in a sauce pan and simmer on low while gathering and measuring your other ingredients.
  3. Spread out your pecans on a baking sheet and try to brown them for about 5 minutes under your oven's broil setting. If they begin to smell great before the 5 minute mark, it probably means they are done. You don't want them to burn them so stay close by.
  4. While the other ingredients are cooking measure out the flour and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. After your sweet potato is done lower the temperature on the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In another measuring bowl add your cooked and cooled sweet potato, almond butter, vanilla, maple syrup ,raisins and bourbon. Mix those element together and then add the flour, pecans and chocolate. You should have a nice somewhat stiff cookie dough at this point.
  6. Line 2 large cookies sheets with parchment paper. Using a small 1 and 1/2 ice cream scoop place the cookie rounds on the baking sheet. You can put them pretty close together-- they won't spread much. Bake for 18-20 minutes and cool on a wire rack. Take what you want to eat that day and freeze the rest when they are completely cool.

Healthy sweet potato coookies with chocolate

I am always in search of a healthier cookie. I love dessert but don't care for the guilt and calories. With that in mind I tried to put together a recipe that made a tasty and satisfying cookie but with a good nutritional profile. I think I hit upon that with this recipe.

You can virtually use any flour with this cookie, so gluten-free fans can enjoy this recipe too. If you want to stay away from chocolate you can leave that out and get your sweet tooth fix from the maple syrup and bourbon soaked raisins. You could also switch out a nut of your choice but I think that sweet potato, pecans, bourbon and chocolate make a palate pleasing combo. All those southern recipes that call for these exact elements can't be wrong. This recipe makes a good amount of cookies too. That's always my goal when creating recipe for a dessert. I don't buy desserts but I love having one on hand. The day you make them take out what you will eat for the day. I take five cookies, three for my husband and two for me. It's hard not to eat more but that's why I freeze the rest. Out of sight out of mind! This will insure you have plenty of evenings with just a little indulgence waiting in the freezer for you!

Oh, I just had one more thought. When choosing a bourbon or wine or any alcohol you are going to cook with, always choose something you wouldn't hesitate to drink. When cooking or baking, the alcohol will drive off in the heat and then you are left with nothing but the flavor. So, if you started with something bad it will not improve in the cooking process, it will just get worse. Then, of course, if you have any leftover alcohol, it's booze you will enjoy--maybe with your cookies?!

Update: I made these cookies this weekend with a few variations. I added a cup of raisens to a measuring cup and filled it with bourbon and proceeded exactly as written in the recipe. I then cut back on one cup of flour and added 1 cup of unsweetened coconut, thanks to one of my friends who has a coconut tree in her back yard! I also added about one half cup more almond butter. It was difficult to stir but the end result was so worth it. No matter what variation you try,I am sure you will love these cookies!

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      MindbodyandFood4u 4 years ago from Ohio

      It really doesn't take that long. It's just measure out dry and wet ingredients into seperate bowls and then add wet to day. Mix and bake! You will have tons of cookies and will enjoy your efforts over and over! Plus you can burn calories while you are baking! You will also love all the compliments if you decide to share!

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      Sonya Mann 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      These look super yummy, but I am way too lazy to make them, haha.

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      MindbodyandFood4u 4 years ago from Ohio

      You should give them a try! Trust me you won't be disappointed!

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      Well, this certainly sounds interesting. And you are so right about the "out of sight, out of mind" trick for extending the number of days you will be able to enjoy these things:)