Luck o’ the Irish Sunflower Cookies

These delicious, allergy friendly, vegan, paleo cookies have a surprise hiding inside—they’re green! Sunflower seeds have a high amount of the free radical scavenger chlorogenic acid, which turns green when it meets baking soda during baking. The effect is completely harmless and makes for perfect St. Patrick’s Day cookies, with no food dye or hidden spinach. The cookies need to cool for about an hour to turn green, so resist the urge to eat them all hot out of the oven!

1 tablespoon ground Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Golden Flax Seeds , (from about 1½ teaspoons whole flax seeds)
2 1⁄2 tablespoons water
1⁄2 cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Plant Based Buttery Spread
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Coconut Sugar
3 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup + 2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  Pinch Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt, omit if using salted sunflower butter
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips , optional

1. Preheat oven to 325° F.

2. Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Mix the sunflower seed butter, buttery spread, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until uniform. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl.

4. Once the flax egg is about the consistency of an egg white, mix it into the sunflower butter mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix until all the flour is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Drop the batter by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet at least 2-inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just starting to lightly brown.

6. Allow cookies to cool for an hour to turn green. Cookies are best enjoyed the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days once they are completely cooled.