Desserts

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free  Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

These paleo chocolate chip cookies are my grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy free variation of an American classic treat.

I made these per my 3-year-old daughter’s request. Before this day, she had never had a chocolate chip cookie or had even heard about them, but when I took her to our local public library’s story time for toddlers, their theme of the day was chocolate chip cookies and they even gave the kids one at the end of the story. She is gluten intolerant and already understands the importance of staying away from food that will trigger unpleasant reactions, so she immediately turned around and asked me to make her a gluten-free and sugar-free one. So here is the recipe for the cookie recipe that won me her heart.

On a separate note, I would like to vent about the library giving highly processed chocolate chip cookies to children in the first place. There are a lot of children with food intolerances, other whose parents would like healthier snacks for them and excluding them from this “treat” is not really fair. These kids were also between the ages of 1 and 4, isn’t that a little early to introduce sweets to kids? And why do people praise children with food anyway? Doesn’t that turn them into adults who seek food-based rewards?

For other snack ideas try my recipe for apricot chia bars, apple pie energy bar, or baked apples

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of almond flour
½ cup of chocolate chips (see recipe below)
¼ cup of coconut flour
½ cup of coconut oil
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
½ cup of pitted dates gently packed (about 14 deglet)
1/3 cup of honey

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Using a blender or food processor, blend the dates, vanilla, oil and honey, until there aren’t any large pieces of dates.
  • Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and mix in the almond flour and coconut flour.
  • Add the chocolate chips.
  • Divide the dough into small balls (about 1 tbsp) and press them onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, making  circles about a ¼ inch thick.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • Carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. Cookies will be very soft coming out of the oven but they will harden as they cool.

 

For the chocolate chips:

Ingredients:

¼ cup of cacao butter
1 tbsp of coconut oil
6 tbsp of cocoa powder
Sweetener to taste ( I used about 1 tbsp of raw honey)

Preparation:

  • In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients and heat over low heat, until the cacao butter is melted.
  • Set the pot over cold water being careful get any water inside of it and whisk constantly until the mixture starts to thicken. The raw honey and the oil tend to separate so you want to keep mixing them until the mixture has cooled off a little bit.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into parchment paper lined plate or cookie sheet forming a thin layer.
  •  Place the chocolate in the freezer until it is set
  • Cut into small pieces

Makes about 24 cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe Type: Paleo Dessert
Author: Edible Harmony
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups of almond flour
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips (see recipe below)
  • ¼ cup of coconut flour
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dates
  • 1/3 cup of honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Using a blender or food processor, blend the dates, vanilla, oil and honey, until there aren’t any large pieces of dates.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and mix in the almond flour and coconut flour.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide the dough into small balls (about 1 tbsp) and press them onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, making circles about a ¼ inch thick.
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  7. Carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. Cookies will be very soft coming out of the oven but they will harden as they cool.