Best Chocolate Chip Cookies? I Think So!

It has been a while since my last post. I have been using my work computer to update my blog since I have not had a laptop in over 4 or 5 months, and lately the site has said that my software was not current and could not post effectively. Such a bummer. So… here we are. At least a month later. I have so much to catch up on!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season. It was a mild winter here in Alabama to say the least. It was in the 70’s leading up to Christmas. I literally ate my lunch outside on our patio set at work. The week of Christmas it was yucky and stormy and rainy. If you look online there are pictures of Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, AL after all the rain we had, and that is where I am from! Many a romantic high school date were spent at those falls. I loved going and feeding the ducks.

We had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year so far! My sweet parents got my sister and I Cuisinart Food Processors. I needed one desperately to do all these amazing Paleo recipes, and so it was a welcomed addition into my kitchen appliance family. I was also lucky enough to get a new medium sized crockpot. I am ready to get to cookin! I also have to give a shout out to my mom and diddy for giving me one of the coolest presents… I finally got an American Girl Doll! She looks just like me, and comes with these little bangs that clip on. Adorable!

While I was away I was able to try out a new recipe. Who does not love a good chocolate chip cookie? They are one of many comfort foods. You might think that when you signed up for the Paleo diet you would have to give up on some of your favorite treats. That is not so! There are many alternatives out there that are just as yummy, and dare I say, this chocolate chip cookie recipe I am about to share may even be yummier than regular chocolate chip cookies? They were soft, chewy, sweet, and full of chocolaty goodness. The recipe could be a tad time consuming, and I did not follow it exactly to specifications (Do I ever?), and they turned out wonderful. I cannot wait to share this special recipe any longer.

Cookies, a friend once told me, was something difficult to find yummy recipes for with Paleo. She had tried many and only a few turned out worth the effort. I have been very fortunate to have found the Snickerdoodle recipe and now a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that will be a go-to snack in the future. And now you have it, the moment you have been waiting for… Chocolate Chip Cookie Heaven.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Bakerita.com

Author: Rachel Conners
Serves: 15 cookies
Ingredients
½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
¾ cup coconut sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2¼ cups (9 oz.) almond flour (I recommend Honeyville blanched almond flour)
1 cup (6 oz.) chopped dark chocolate
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time).
  4. After refrigerating, use a cookie scoop to form cookies and press down slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.

To be honest, I was in a rush. I melted the coconut oil in the microwave to make it blend easier. I also used a cold egg instead of room temperature, and I did not refrigerate the dough before baking. These still turned out absolutely delicious. I did not have Soy-Free, Dairy-Free chocolate chips, and honestly I cannot afford them on my budget. I simply used the chocolate chips I had in the freezer on hand. Of course, they tasted fabulous, but it may not follow the Paleo diet as strictly as some would have it. I figured if I was just eating one or two, it would not be the most terrible thing in the world.

So there you have it. One of the best cookie recipes I have had in the Paleo world, and one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Thank you so much to Rachel Conners for posting this recipe and letting it be pinned to Pinterest.

Here is the dough and final result! See how gooey that dough looks! See how soft, chewy, and chocolaty the cookies are! Just imagine out good they taste. Want to find out for yourself? Make them. Make them ASAP.

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Enjoy!

~ A

 

 

 

 

 

Paleo Cookies? Can it be?

Last night I felt the creative juices flowing and decided to try out a new recipe. I was not craving a sweet, but I had a cookie recipe that was burning a hole in my pocket and I just had to give it a try! I found an easy Snickerdoodle recipe on the old trusty and true Pinterest that sounded simple and delicious. With fall in the air, the idea of this sweet cinnamon goodness sounded too good to be true. Paleo cookies? I heard that finding a recipe that was tasty could be difficult to do, so I approached this with a slight twinge of caution. But I forged ahead and boy am I glad that I did! The recipe came from Deliciously Organic and you can find a direct link to the recipe here. The process was simple in that you combined all the dry ingredients first along with the cashew butter and mixed together, then added the ghee, or butter, and honey until combined well. The resulting dough is slightly crumbly but sticks together well when you roll them into a ball. The recipe says it makes 12 cookies, but I guess I was being a little too stingy with my dough because I could have easily made 14 – 16 cookies. I went ahead and added more dough to the other cookies and still ended up with around 13. I then rolled the dough, as I made the balls, in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, and then placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Next time, I think I will flatten out the balls a little so they will not roll around the pan and will look a little more like the samples (even though the recipes does not call for this). I baked them in an oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes like the recipe said, but next time I will take them out at 11 minutes. I did check them at 11, and I thought they looked a little light, and then when I took them out at 12 they looked a little dark. But overall they tasted delicious and did not taste burned at all. Here are the finished results:

Snickerdoodle Dough  Snickerdoodle Ready to Bake Finished Result

Hopefully as I grow more confident and learn these new ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, and various sweeteners I can venture out and eventually make my own recipes. I would love to do that since I come from a long line of home cooks and sweets are our specialties, although our main dishes and sides are nothing to turn your nose at either. Thank for checking out the recipes that I find and are able to bring to light that you may be missing out on. I hope I can be your guinea pig as I explore this new Paleo world.

Oh, and little update! It is the small victories! As of today I have lost another 2 lbs. and that makes it a total of 14 in about three weeks. Let me share a little with you. And this is difficult for me to write.

In September of 2015 I weighed the most I have ever weighed in my entire life. I went in July, when I actually weighed less, and checked on weight loss surgery. Unfortunately, because I weighed below the weight limit the past two years I did not qualify until 2017. Well, that did not sit well with me. I could handle waiting until 2016, but for another entire year? No, that was just not acceptable. Many people get into the Paleo lifestyle for different reasons. Autoimmune disorders is just one reason. For me it is weight loss. Plus the added benefits such as sleeping better and other side effects. I have a lot of trouble with depression, a sleep disorder, anxiety disorder just to name a few things going on. I am on a lot of medication just to make it through the day. I pretty much take something to wake up and something to go to sleep. I am lucky in the respect that my sugar is great, my blood pressure is great, my cholesterol is perfect (the good and the bad), all lab work is good… it is just my weight that is a problem. I think a lot of the issue comes not just from eating poorly but also side effects from medication over the years. But eating the wrong way has not helped. My therapist has been suggesting the Paleo lifestyle for over a year, but I just did not feel that I could commit to it just yet. I tried Atkins and loved it, but gave it up at Christmas. This time around, however, I am going to stick with this. I am going to make my OCD work for me as my doctor said. I am going to plan meals for the holidays that I can eat and the entire family can find tasty and enjoy as well. I am hoping that I can lose the weight on my own and not need surgery. This is probably going to be a longer road, but it will be totally worth it. I hope you can be along for the ride as I take it.

~ A