The Paleo Diet, is a diet that is growing in popularity. It’s based on eating “contemporary” wholesome foods that our ancestors could hunt or gather during the Paleolithic era, or Stone Age. It includes meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, eggs and nuts and excludes dairy, refined sugars and processed oils to name a few.
I really like the idea of it but it takes planning and is not always cheap (it recommends natural or organic foods like grass-fed pasture raised meats). Instead, we try to eat whole foods and avoid processed items as much as possible and incorporate Paleo diet recipes when we can. Die-hard Paleo dieters would probably disagree but in my mind some is better than none – right?
So wouldn’t you know the first recipe I share is a sweet treat? I’m still not sure how a chocolate chip cookie constitutes a diet but I guess technically it excludes the items on the excluded list.
My husband’s co-worker shared this with us last week. We just had to give them a shot. My husband actually made these because I was tied up with kids. I thanked him by eating the majority of them over the course of a week.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients:
recipe by Clark, The Trainer
- 3 ¼ cup almond meal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract (we used regular vanilla extract)
- ½ cup honey (or maple syrup or agave nectar)
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 ½ cups cacao nibs (pure chocolate chips and vegan chocolate chips work as well)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, grab a cookie sheet and some parchment paper or aluminum foil (optional but easier).
- Combine 3 and 1/4 cups of almond flour (available at Trader Joes) with a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.
- In a large bowl, combine 2 eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of either honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar (I like honey).
- Combine wet and dry ingredients then add 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
- Spoon them onto your parchment and pop them in the oven. Bake ‘em for about 8-10 minutes (the tops will start to get golden brown). If they go longer than that, the bottoms burn because of the sugar in the honey. This recipe makes about 24 cookies.
Note: They may seem a little undercooked or crumbly because of the ingredients. My husband recommends placing them in the refrigerator once they cool to help with the consistency. Otherwise, they may seem a little sticky since they do not have flour. Some recipes suggest adding 2 tablespoons of coconut flour to make the cookies have a cake-like consistency.
I’d give these cookies high marks! Not only are they tasty, but they are also a satisfying snack that didn’t result in a sugar crash.
Have you tried the Paleo diet? Do you have a favorite recipe or experience to share?