Amazing Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hello All, I have a special recipe to share with everyone courtesy of my amazing husband, Harlee. Let me give you a little background on this fun recipe and how it came to be one of our favorites paleo treats!!
I’m huge on nutrition and won’t eat processed garbage for the simple fact that it makes me feel like crap physically and does nothing for my performance or energy. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I love cookies and sweets!! But….. every time I would eat something like cookies or sweets for a “cheat” it often left me feeling horrible; tummy ache and sluggish etc.
This dilemma all came to an end when my hubby did some research and found a healthy paleo cookie recipe to surprise me with on my birthday. These cookies are tasty and will satisfy your sweet tooth without become detrimental to your diet or health. Best birthday gift ever!!
My hubby wanted to share his special cookies with the CrossFit Community, so without further ado, I introduce my Husband Harlee, who wrote the recipe post below, enjoy and let us know if you give them a try!!
The term “Paleo”, as it references food, is sometimes a hot-button topic among dietitians, athletes and internet argument seekers. Very simply put, Paleo diets focus on avoiding wheat and processed food and eating mainly vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds, very little starch and no sugar. The CrossFit main site puts forth the paleo style of eating (when coupled with the Zone) as the most effective style of eating for general health and performance. However, because this is the age of the internet, there are arguments and debates on either side. No matter your stance on the issue, the Paleo style diet cuts down on gluten and other toxins and antibiotics found in modern processed food. Definitely a great route to explore if you’re trying to make a healthy lifestyle change by improving your nutrition. I recommend reading The Paleo Diet, by: Loran Cordain, for a complete understanding of the Paleo Diet.
My wife is a very strict eater. When she found CrossFit, she followed a strict paleo diet before moving on to a “Paleo / Zone” way of eating. Very few “cheat treats” for her. However, no matter how strictly someone eats, the occasional treat does a person good.
As a good husband (who is very fond of treats), I wanted to find a way for my wife and I to share a treat while continuing to avoid gluten, excessive sugar and unnecessary chemicals. The result of my searching and cooking efforts is a delicious paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Now, here is my **DISCLAIMER**!! From a strict Paleo perspective, I doubt that Paleolithic man actually ate chocolate chip cookies. So, if you are Militant Paleo and won’t eat anything that you haven’t killed yourself with a stone club or harvested from the ground with your own grubby hands, these are not for you. However, if, like many of us, you fall into the group of “80% Paleo, 100% of the Time”, or if you’re just looking for a sweet treat that won’t fill you with unpronounceable chemicals, then here’s something you will definitely enjoy!
You will not believe how good these cookies taste. Just remember, these are gluten and chemical free, not calorie free. I cannot be held responsible if they taste so good that you tear into them like Fred Flintstone eating a brontosaurus burger. Don’t blame me when you have to add 300 burpees to your WOD to make up the difference!
I found the original recipe for these cookies at The Bite Sized Baker (http://thebitesizedbaker.com/2013/01/23/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/). I played around with that recipe until I found what worked best for us. Feel free to mix and match, or try your own combination. My next experiment will involve dried fruits in place of the chocolate chips, or maybe in addition. Paleo Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, anyone?
Caveman’s Treat Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Organic variants exist for all of the ingredients listed below:
- 3 cups almond meal
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup raw organic honey
- 1 ½ cups 42% cacao chips
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 2. Mix the dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt). Almond meal and coconut flour are damper than normal flour and have a tendency to clump. Make sure to break apart the bigger chunks while mixing. Set this bowl aside.
Step 3. Mix the wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla) in a large bowl. At room temperature, coconut oil is a semi-solid, and needs to be heated slightly to turn into a liquid. Make sure not to heat it too much, because it can cook the eggs in the mixture.
Step 4. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients in the bowl and mix thoroughly. The mixture will be very thick, so if you’re using a whisk, be ready for a good forearm workout. If you use a hand mixer, you will hear it straining toward the end.
Step 5. Add the cacao nibs and fold them into the mix. At this point, the mixture may be quite thick, and that’s how we want it. You can also place the bowl in the refrigerator for a while to let it cool and thicken more if it appears too wet.
Step 6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Use a spoon and put them onto the cookie sheet. Depending on the size you like, this should make 18-24 cookies.
Step 7. Cook them in the center rack for 8-10 minutes. Pull them out when the top starts to brown. They need to cool to solidify, so move them to a cooling rack. Normally they are too soft to move at first, simply pick up the foil or parchment paper and move the entire tray over.
Step 8. Once they have cooled, use a spatula to carefully remove them from the foil. The honey can make them stick to the foil and picking them up without loosening them first will result in a torn up cookie mess. You can eat them right away, or put them into the refrigerator to solidify more. Due to the nature of the recipe, the cookies will be on the softer, chewier side. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Super Secret Step 9. Depending on your family, I would recommend taking a few of them and hiding them away in a secret corner of the refrigerator. If you turn your back, you could head back to the ‘fridge for a cookie, and find that they are GONE.
Try them out and let us know what you think. However, you may want to add a few more burpees in advance…
Also, below are some of our favorite paleo recipe books: