Whether you’re actually on a paleo diet or not, these paleo chocolate chip cookies should make their way onto your dessert menu! They’re just as tasty as the original, but with natural sugars and “healthy” fats, you can feel just a bit better about eating them…
I’m grateful that we don’t have any special food restrictions or needs in our family (so far, anyway – little Ruby doesn’t have teeth yet, so…). It gives us a lot of flexibility and keeps things simple when it comes to ingredients, eating out, and so on. However…we, like all of you, I’m sure, have many people in our lives who do have special requirements or restrictions, and beyond that, we’ve received a number of requests from readers over the years to feature more diet-specific recipes, be they gluten-free, paleo, vegan, or just plain ‘ole vegetarian.
Given that we don’t have any of those requirements in our family, and this is a blog about what we actually do cook and eat personally, those recipes will probably never be a large percentage of what we write about, but Chels especially has been doing a great job of keeping an eye out for recipes that look tasty and enjoyable, but also happen to check one of those diet boxes.
These paleo chocolate chip cookies, though? I don’t care if you’re eating a paleo diet or not – you NEED these in your life!
Chels brought me this recipe a few weeks back and asked if I would be willing to make it for her. I balked slightly and reminded her that she was not on a paleo diet, to which she explained that she’d been keeping an eye out for a yummy paleo recipe to try for the blog, and this one looked seriously yummy. I scanned the ingredients and was convinced. Almond flour (which, if you haven’t used it before, has a richer, nutty taste to it, as you might expect), chocolate, coconut oil, maple syrup…I decided I could get on board!
It only took me about 10 minutes to put the ingredients together – there aren’t many, and the process is simple. I played with the baking time a little for successive batches until I had them right where I knew Chels would want them – just done, but soft and crumbly. Cooling the cookies allowed them to firm up their shape a little bit (they’re delicate when you first take them out). When I took that first bite, though…WOW. These are winners. I love me a good chocolate chip cookie, nearly under-baked, packed with chocolate and brown sugar, and as different as the ingredients in these paleo ones are, they are every bit as tasty – maybe even more so.
I do not want to admit how many of this first batch I was personally responsible for ingesting…but it was a lot…and though I’ve made them three times now, all I want to do is make them again. Seriously, so good. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they are healthy, but you could certainly say they are healthier. Natural sugars and “healthy” fats are a step up from the ingredients used to make a classic cookie tasty, so if you’ve got a hankering for a chocolate chip cookie – whether you’re on a paleo diet or not – just try these. You won’t be sorry.
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer in another mixing bowl (or a stand mixer), beat together syrup, eggs, and vanilla.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Beat together using a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
- Pour melted coconut oil into batter and continue to blend together. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and scoop tablespoon-size balls of dough onto it.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. When cookies hold their shape, but are still quite soft to the touch, remove from oven and allow to cool. Cookies will become more stable as they cool.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 105mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g