At ELITEAM, we love Sports Nutrition and we love eating! When it comes to sweets and treats, we believe in the 80-20 rule. Eat healthy, whole foods 80% of the time, and then feel free to indulge in some treats every now and then, especially if you make them yourself. With homemade recipes you can avoid the typical additives and preservatives, and instead sneak in some power food ingredients… like matcha powder!
With Halloween coming up, we found this spooky recipe for you. This one makes creepy witch and monster fingers. They’re quick, easy and fun to make. Don’t skip the peppermint, which gives it a great taste. And definitely don’t skip the matcha powder. It’s high in antioxidants, protects your liver and heart, and boosts your brain function, but most importantly, it gives the fingers a nice green moldy tinge. Perfect for Halloween!
Witch Finger Cookies
(Makes 16 cookies)
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 16 dark chocolate chips
- 16 sliced almonds (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, matcha powder, peppermint, salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Stir well until a uniform, sticky batter is created.
Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and then roll it between your hands to form a log. Press the log onto the lined baking sheet and use your fingers to gently pinch the log in the center to form a “finger” shape. You can also use a knife to score some “wrinkle” lines into the finger, if you like. Repeat this step with the remaining dough, forming 16 finger-shaped cookies.
Press a chocolate chunk into the end of each finger, so that it looks like a dark fingernail. Bake the cookies at 350ºF until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes.
If you’d like to make a “witch” finger, place a sliced almond over the melted chocolate chip after you remove the cookies from the oven. The chocolate will harden as it cools and will hold the almond in place. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.
These cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, but for best shelf life, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
When you’re finished making the Witch Fingers, whip up a Matcha Tea Latte with your extra Matcha Powder!