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The Cute as a Button

(Protein, blueberries and coconut energy cookies)
A real treat!
  • Preparation 25 minutes
  • Cooking 15 minutes
  • Power 350°F (180°C)
  • Quantity 25 x 30 g
See ingredients
  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 65 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. caramel extract

  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 150 g (1 cup) skim milk powder (undiluted)

  • 60 g (1/2 cup) spelt flour (or wheat, pastry or GLUTEN-FREE flour)

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened grated coconut

  • Approximately 150 g (1 cup) fresh or frozen blueberries

  • GARNISH: 25 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened grated coconut

  • 2 blueberries or more per cookie to make the eyes of your cute little cubs.

  • For a DAIRY-FREE version: Substitute the cup of milk powder with a cup of flour ;-)

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

  • 150 g (1/2 cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 65 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. caramel extract

  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 150 g (1 cup) skim milk powder (undiluted)

  • 60 g (1/2 cup) spelt flour (or wheat, pastry or GLUTEN-FREE flour)

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened grated coconut

  • Approximately 150 g (1 cup) fresh or frozen blueberries

  • GARNISH: 25 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened grated coconut

  • 2 blueberries or more per cookie to make the eyes of your cute little cubs.

  • For a DAIRY-FREE version: Substitute the cup of milk powder with a cup of flour ;-)

10 steps

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

  • Put the Madame Labriski date puree, applesauce and egg into a bowl and stir well.

  • Add the caramel (or vanilla) extract, baking powder and salt. Wait for the little bubbling effect (for the fun of it) and give the mixture another good stir.

  • Gradually stir in the remaining ingredients: milk powder (powdered!), flour, grated coconut and fresh or frozen blueberries and then mix again.

    *For a GLUTEN-FREE version, use your favourite GLUTEN-FREE flour.

  • PASS ON THE WORDSKI! Frozen blueberries are great but… they have an awful habit of staining your fingers as well as changing the colour of your cookies. If you want a “less messy” result, go for fresh blueberries… from Lac St-Jean of course. Hahaha!

  • IMPORTANT! Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. If not, everything will stick. Yup, that’s because there’s no fat at all in this recipe.

  • Drop the dough onto the sheet using a spoon or measuring scoop to create nice plump Labriski cookies. MY CHALLENGE: To resist the temptation of eating ALL the cookie dough before you get them in the oven! ;-)

  • LET’S GET DECORATING!
    Sprinkle the cookies with unsweetened coconut to create the white fur on your Cute as a Button cubs and add two juicy blueberries for the eyes. Nuts about coconut? Give them a nice generous sprinkling and your cookies will steal the show.

  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack before tucking in.

  • Oh my, the whole house is going to smell so delish. Enjoy!

History

Protein (skim milk powder), caramel extract and blueberries. YUM-YUMSKI! Mix them all together and what do you get? Scrumptious cookies created in collaboration with the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien (in Quebec’s Lac-Saint-Jean region) to mark the birth of their two polar bear cubs (oh soooooooo adorable) brought into the world by two separate females: the CUTE AS A BUTTON cookies! Hahaha! And what do these adorable polar bear cubs eat? At first, lots of breast milk and fruit.  As summer is just around the corner, let’s celebrate with these high-protein cookies inspired by our little polar bear cubs, which will provide all the energy you need to play and keep active for ages and ages and ages. Plus, they contain NO REFINED SUGAR OR FAT and can be adapted into a GLUTEN-FREE version.

Totally adorable, just like the darling little polar bear cubs, my Cute as a Button cookies will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

These post-workout recovery cookies (because they’re high in protein) are also an excellent snack to pack for an outing at the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien this summer. Don’t you agree? I’m proud of this exclusive collaboration because this is a zoo that’s definitely worth the trip.

Let’s hear it for date puree and Cute as a Button energy cookies!

Storage

  • Five days on the counter
  • A good week and a half in the fridge
  • Three months in the freezer

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Date puree - Original

Date puree is high in fibre and that’s why it can keep us going for long periods of time, while letting us enjoy the taste of pure happiness. The natural choice for all your guilt-free treats. Yumski!

100% recyclable packaging.

FAQ

Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!

Can I use another type of flour than the one specified in the recipe?

Yes, you can simply use any type of flour you have on hand.

What can I use as a substitute for milk powder?

It depends on the recipe. When I use milk powder, it’s often a central ingredient in the recipe. Leaving it out is a bit like taking away its very essence. I use it to add protein and give it a nice smooth creamy texture. Without the milk powder, you need to adjust the entire recipe. You can use soy milk powder and you’ll get good results but the texture won’t be the same. It may therefore be best to just try another recipe.

What can I use as a substitute for one egg?

There are several options:

  • 1 tbsp. ground chia seeds + 3 tbsp. water,
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 2 tbsp. water,
  • ½ mashed banana,
  • Egg substitute (yes, it’s available at grocery stores, in the organic section).

Note that the texture of your recipes will be slightly different… but they’ll still be 100% delicious