Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Today it was a pretty gloomy day in LA and I’m not a big fan of cloudy weather. I mean, I thought the city of dreams was a place that was always sunny, right?! Guess not! Alas, a cloudy day sometimes has it’s benefits and today was one of those… I made some paleo chocolate chip cookies on the whim. Really, for no other reason other than I was procrastinating working and cleaning my apartment. There was something about making cookies that just seemed so much better! Don’t you agree?
So on a little side note, I get asked a lot of questions about what ‘diet’ I prescribe to. My followers constantly want to know if I’m vegan, raw, paleo, if I eat meat, eggs, if I ever cheat, and pretty much whatever else they can find out. I’m here to tell you right here right now that I just eat food. Real food. Food that comes from the earth, vegan mainly, but without restrictions.
I put it as I’m a vegan who cheats. This is because I don’t believe in labels and I don’t like people telling me what I can and cannot eat. I realize that when I travel, there will be times I want to try the local food and this is not always going to be vegan. That being said, I am mainly plant based and tend to eat that way most of the time. The point of explaining all of this is to tell you that 1) it’s OKAY not to eat how others think you should, 2) you need to find what works FOR YOU, and 3) these cookies are not vegan.
With making these cookies and sharing this recipe, I am doing so because I realize there are many people that follow me who are not vegan. Who are not raw. And who are still finding what works for them. I like to give healthier options for everyone, because I believe that you will have changes in your life that will lead you one step closer to finding what works for you, with every healthy meal you eat.
Okay, with that all being said, I decided to post this recipe on snapchat today because it seemed fun to show what I was doing in real time. I had so many comments asking to post the recipe on my website, so here it is (along with some of the snapchat photos).
PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used a 90% dark chocolate bar and chopped it up)
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Add your dry ingredients into a bowl. This will be the coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix until fully combined.
2. In a separate bowl, mix your butter, eggs and vanilla extract until combined, then add into the dry ingredients bowl. Fold in the eggs so everything is fully combined.
3. Once your cookie dough is ready, add in your chocolate chips. Now, you pretty much cannot go wrong with any chocolate here and I would say a 70% chocolate content would be great. The 90% I used was quite bitter and changed the taste a little bit, but again you can’t go wrong with any type of bar or chip. Just be sure to chop the bar into small pieces if you’re using that.
4. Roll the cookies into roughly one inch balls and place on your cookie sheet. Here’s your second option of the day: rolling them into slightly pressed balls (I cannot say that with a straight face!) will leave the center slightly more gooey, but they won’t resemble cookies as much. I left some as the ball shape and pressed some into a flatter cookie.
5. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. I didn’t watch the clock (silly me!) and think I might have left them in 12 or more minutes, so when they finally cooled they were a tad dry. That being said, I took one out at 9 minutes or so and might have eaten it. It was delicious around this time frame. So with all that, probably take them out around 11 minutes, or when the bottom has started to lightly brown.
Allow to cool then chomp away. These made 10 cookies, well, technically 11, but I ate the last one while it was still cookie dough (oops, I didn’t say that!). These cookies were delicious and a healthier version of a normal cookie because they are gluten free and use coconut flour and coconut sugar. Two alternatives that are great for baking.
I will play with this recipe to give you all a fully vegan version, so stay tuned.
Let me know if you all make these and don’t forget to comment below- what’s YOUR favorite cookie recipe I should try?
Lots of Love, Nikki