Last night my son had two friends over for dinner and they asked for dessert, which I did not have on hand (at least not the kind of dessert I knew they were looking for). So we made a few batches of these cookies and they were gone, completely gone, within 10 minutes of being out of the oven. They are very moist and have a hint of coconut flavor from the coconut oil. My husband made the comment that we should only share these with people who eat grain free diets, because other people may not enjoy them if they are not used to this type of baking. However, my son’s two friends loved every bite, so I am confident you will too!
These cookies were the first Paleo dessert I made when we started changing our diet. The recipe comes from the Paleo Plan. I usually tweak the recipes, but this one is perfect as is. (I did make one small change to the salt by using Himalayan Pink Salt instead of the sea salt the recipe calls for.) I could not believe how good they tasted and how much the kids enjoyed them. My son calls them his “favorite healthy cookie” .
When consuming grain free baked goods we have to be careful about how much we consume because most contain large quantities of nut flours. These nut flours contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. While omega-6 fatty acids are good for you, in excess, they can cause problems. It’s a good idea to keep your omega-3 consumption (from foods like organic butter, pastured beef, pastured eggs, raw organic cultured or fermented dairy, fish, etc.) twice as high as your omega-6 consumption to avoid possible inflammation.
The recipe calls for Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, but you can also add raisins, walnuts, pecans, silvered almonds or anything else you may choose. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are certified gluten free, contain no wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg or soy. They are also made without casein, potato, sesame or sulfites and contain no trans fat or cholesterol. They are certified kosher, vegan – no preservatives, all natural. I replaced our Toll House chips with these chips without telling my kids and no one knew the difference.
When purchasing your honey, raw unprocessed honey is a good choice. 75% of all honey sold in stores contains no honey at all. A comprehensive investigation conducted by Food Safety News (FSN) has found that the vast majority of so-called honey products sold at grocery stores do not contain any pollen, which means they are not real honey. “Raw honey is thought to have many medicinal properties,” says Kathy Egan, dietitian at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. ”Stomach ailments, anemia and allergies are just a few of the conditions that may be improved by consumption of unprocessed honey.”
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 375℉.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer, or wire whisk.
- Pour wet ingredients slowly into dry ingredients and beat with mixer or fork until combined.
- Add the melted coconut oil and continue to blend until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Drop Tablespoon size balls of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.
~ “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti