The Cookie Monster is a Cave Man

I can assure you they taste as good as they look. Why lie to you my fellow cookie fiends?

Paleo Cookies (adapted from here)

  • 2 1/3 cups almond meal
  • 2 T coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or ghee or butter), melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar (double to omit maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup (double to omit coconut nectar)
  • 2-3 oz (2/3-1 bar) Theo-brand 70% cacao chocolate bar, chopped (Theo chocolate is vegan, soy-free, gluten and dairy free)
  • Optional: 2 tsp cinnamon and/or raisins; try any combination that sounds good to you!
  • *Make your own by grinding 2 cups of raw almonds into a fine meal; stop before it’s almond butter. Grinding it 1 cup at a time yields the most consistent results for me.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl. (Quick Tip: melt coconut oil in a 1-cup pyrex in a small pan of water on medium low heat. Remove from heat and pour in maple syrup, nectar and vanilla).
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. If your dough is too runny/sticky, add 1-2 T almond meal.
  5. IMPORTANT: Chill dough for 20 minutes. This step seems unnecessary but it will make the dough less sticky and easily pliable.
  6. Lightly grease cookie sheet(s) with coconut oil.
  7. Using a teaspoon (or small cookie dough scoop) drop or form 1/2 inch balls. Pat them down a bit, they will spread while baking. (For an extra treat, roll the dough balls in maple sugar granules).
  8. Bake 11 minutes for a perfect cookie.
  9. Remove to a wire rack to cool and gently loosen the cookies after a few minutes. Makes +/- 36 cookies.

I made 3 different kinds – using the original method above, cinnamon only, and another with cinnamon and raisins. I love them all, and I used to despise raisin-anything. The raisins are just the perfect firm yet soft, not hard or squishy, consistency. They are so buttery and melt-in-your-mouth amazing. The buttery oil with the nuts offsets the bitter hint in the chocolate perfectly. The cinnamon version is Jon’s favorite.

This cookie doesn’t have any refined sugar, eggs, refined/bean/soy/flax flour, soy, flax, gluten, dairy, or general weirdness in it. It’s naked, like, primal. That’s why the Paleos saved me when I needed a cookie. Trying to search for a ‘healthy’ cookie without all of that stuff in it was a bit of a challenge, but a Paleo nut-based recipe was what I found. Keep it simple, like a cave man.

1 cookie*: Calories: 71 | Carbs: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g

*Without maple sugar granules

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About Sarah Hiller

Eco-maniacal! I love learning about food and health, and then sharing! I'm also an aspiring photographer, lover of kale, dogs, yoga, anything fitness, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and heavy metal. It is my goal to empower and support people through nutrition and attitude. I have an Etsy store you can check out as well www.etsy.com/shop/ironballoon

3 responses to “The Cookie Monster is a Cave Man”

  1. z0mb13n1t3m4r3 says :

    Beast Mode cookies packing a nutritional punch and a taste that would make you never want another unworthy contender. Take the time and effort and reward yourself and your taste buds. They will thank you :)

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