Friday, June 4, 2021

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies with Naked Shake

 These two bite cookies are tender, ever so slightly chewy morsels packed with the rich flavor of @nakednutrition Naked Shake Peanut Butter Blueberry. Bursts of dried blueberries and chopped dark chocolate add texture and a fun twist on tradition too.

I love pretty much everything about cookies - they are fast to make (usually), portable, and open to pretty much every variable under the sun. If one type of cookie isn't your thing, there are probably at least 20 that are. The variability that a simple recipe - say, a classic chocolate chip - has affords a whole world of possibilities for not only flavour, but texture and nutrition. It was in that vein that I decided to take a simple, two-bite chocolate chip cookie recipe and turn it into a snack that was a great medley of sweet, fruity and nutty. I was inspired by the jar of Peanut Butter Blueberry Naked Shake sitting on my countertop, freshly opened after I had made myself a sample with cashew milk and discovered it tasted like a PB&J without the bread. I had dried blueberries on hand and a bar of dark chocolate, so along with the shake powder these cookies packed a punch of flavour!

I am so fortunate to be partnering with Naked Nutrition once again. You may remember them from my posts using their Naked Collagen and Naked Rice protein powders - two products which regularly make their way into my baking and eating routine - and this time they've come up with an innovative, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan protein shake powder made with fruit juice, MCT oil and no artificial sweeteners or flavours. One serving (5.8 tbsp or 2 scoops) 20g of protein and only 5g of sugar wrapped up in 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. Their blend uses non-GMO pea protein, which I found paired extremely well with the nutty peanut powder in the flavour I chose. I obviously used the Peanut Butter Blueberry flavour (what can I say, I love my peanut butter!) but they also have a strawberry-banana flavour as well. The powder is on sale now with a suggested retail price of $39.99 US - a deal since a little goes a long way!

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes ~16
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 scoops Naked Shake Peanut Butter Blueberry powder 
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup dried blueberries
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, Naked Shake Peanut Butter Blueberry powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. 
  2. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add the egg, water and vanilla and beat well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients, chocolate and blueberries and mix until no streaks of flour remain.
  5. Using a tablespoon or disher, scoop balls of dough 1.5" apart onto a parchment lined tray and chill 2 hours.
  6. Heat the oven to 350F.
  7. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, for 13 mins. Cool on the sheet.

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