S'more Collagen Cookies
When I think summer, I also think of campfires and who can have a campfire without s'mores? S'mores are literally a staple of summer. Naturally, I thought wow I need to make s'more cookies. Luckily I had some ingredients on hand and whipped these up. Honestly, I wasn't sure how they would come out since they are flour-less, but they're delicious.
The actual base of these cookies is made with only almond butter, a sugar substitute, a flax egg, baking soda, and collagen, making the base gluten free, dairy free, and refined-sugar free. If you omit the collagen, the base will also be vegan. I will include some substitutions at the bottom of the recipe, as well.
I do recommend using a very creamy nut butter for this recipe. A thicker nut butter will change the consistency of the cookies. I used the Wild Friends creamy almond butter. No matter the type of nut butter you choose to use, ensure that the only ingredients are the nuts and salt (no added sugar) and that it is creamy.
As for the sugar substitute, I used Whole Earth Sweetener. The ratio is 1:1 when replacing regular sugar in recipes, which makes it sooo simple. They were kind enough to send me some to try out and I am definitely hooked.
Why add collagen into cookies??
Collagen is a vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Ingesting a collagen supplement reaps many benefits, given that our bodies do not synthesize enough collagen on their own and the American diet contains minimal collagen. The benefits of collagen are endless, so I suggest doing your own research, but below I have outlined some benefits.
Collagen helps support...
Joint and bone health
Hair, skin and nail health
My favorite brand of collagen is Vital Protein. I've been using Vital Protein products for years- long before partnering with them for their ambassador program. I definitely suggest looking at their website if you're interested in trying a collagen supplement.
NOTE: adding the collagen into this recipe is 100% optional.
Step 1- Making a Flax Egg:
In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 2.5 tablespoons of water.
Place in fridge for 5 minutes to rest (it will thicken a little bit)
Honestly, whether you're vegan or not, I'd suggest trying a flax egg at some point! I certainly am not vegan, but I like to incorporate flaxseeds in my diet for the added fiber.
1 cup of almond butter
1 flax egg
1/2 cup of sugar substitute
1 tsp. of baking powder
1 scoop of collagen
Chocolate chips (I used Hu Kitchen gems)
Crumbled up graham crackers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Make the flax egg (see above)
Combine 1 cup of creamy almond butter with the flax egg in a large bowl
Mix in 1/2 cup of Whole Earth Sweetener Sugar Substitute, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 scoop of Vital Protein Collagen
Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows (I used about a handful of each)
Shape into ~13 cookies
Cook for 10-12 minutes
Sprinkle with crumbled up graham crackers (do this while the chocolate chips are still melty so the crumbs stick)
Recipe Substitutions: you could definitely swap the flax egg for a 1 regular egg! You could also use traditional cane sugar or coconut sugar instead of the sugar substitute. Any creamy nut butter will also do.