Tuesday

Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies ( Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo, Egg Free)

This is for all of you who have been asking me about the cookies I made for my kids to celebrate Chloe's 18 month birthday and Lyla's first day at preschool.  I didn't have a whole lot of time to spend and I have an abundance of Almond flour and Agave that I wanted to use up.  So I looked through Elana Amsterdam's cookbook to find a simple cookie recipe.  This cookbook is called the "Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook" which can be found at Elana's Pantry website. She has wonderful gluten free recipes for the whole family.

Lately there has been some controversy about the use of agave.  I am on the fence and may give it a rest once I finish my stash.  At the moment I am using Organic Raw Agave minimally.

Elana has also been getting some feedback from people concerned with using Agave. So she came up with this recipe below to substitute the Agave.  I have never tried Yacon but I think I will look in to it and give it a try.  Here is the recipe that she has on her website for these cookies.  Since I am always trying to cut sugar, excessive amounts of oil and a little salt, I will show you the changes I made in the recipe below in red. I have to say the cookies still turned out incredible!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Yacon  from Elana's Pantry.





Chocolate Chip Cookies with Yaconprinter friendly
2 ½ cups 
blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon 
celtic sea salt ( 1/4 tsp of Himalayan Pink Salt)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup 
grapeseed oil (I used 1/4 cup of Olive Oil (ran out of grape seed oil and 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce)
1 tablespoon 
vanilla extract
½ cup 
yacon syrup ( I used 1/4 cup organic Raw agave)
1 cup 
dark chocolate chips 73% cacao ( I used 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips 73%)

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Form ½ inch balls and press onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes (I ended up cooking mine for almost 13 min since I didn't flatten them to much.)
  6. Cool and serve



I highly recommend you check out Elana's website and cook book.  Elana is very creative with her recipes and so far the ones I have tried have all been delicious.  She has also starting using coconut flour which is a new favorite of mine as well.  With any recipe you can always make plenty of modifications.  For special dietary needs you can easily lower the salt, lessen the sweetener, and even use a different type of oil, etc..  Most of her recipes are Paleo and Primal friendly. She even has vegan recipes.  Don't be scared to play with it and create something for yourself that suites your personal health goals. 

Enjoy!  

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