Friday, February 24, 2012

Healthy Food Friday - Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh Pinterest... I LOVE you.... I have seen a bunch of my twitter and facebook friends following Paleo diets. While this isn't necessarily "healthy" it's a great alternative to the real thing! I tried my hand at these a few days ago and YUM! Sorry, the pic was stolen borrowed from the original poster :-)

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups very finely ground blanched almond flour (NOT Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 teaspoon salt (I know you're supposed to avoid salt, but this is seriously important for flavor)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup raw honey plus 1 to 2 tsp water.
1/8 cup macademia nut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
A scant 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips. (63% cocoa). Using a darker chocolate (more than 70% cocoa) will make the cookies less sweet.

Heat oven to 325.
Mix almond flour, salt, and baking soda well. In a small bowl, mix honey, water, Macadamia nut oil, and vanilla. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mixing well. Add dark chocolate chips. Batter should be thick enough that you can roll a small ball between your palms and set it on the cookie sheet without it drooping or losing shape

Make 16 - 20 small balls of cookie dough and space them evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the cookies down as flat as possible with the palm of your hand. This is important! The cookies will NOT spread out on their own.
Bake about 6 minutes. Watch closely and remove when the edges start to brown. . . they could be done at 4 minutes or at 8 minutes depending on the size of the cookie and your oven.


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