Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
I won't lie to you, healthy and cookies in the same sentence sounds sacrilegious to me. Give me the butter! But as I have been learning more about foods and the power of embracing a simpler and less processed diet I have discovered the benefits of broadening my horizons. However, at the end of some days I still need a dessert. My kid's favorite cookie is chocolate chip. He requests them almost daily (he doesn't get them daily but I digress) so when a friend recommended this recipe I had to try it out. Of course you know I tweaked it too! Here is my version of healthy chocolate chip cookies, that are delicious, moist, chewy, and toddler approved!
- 4 tbs ghee (you can use butter but not as healthy)
- 2 tbs solid coconut oil (think consistency of room temp butter)
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (you could use coconut sugar too but I love organic brown)
- 2-4 tbs agave (depends on your desired sweetness, I only used 2 and it was perfect)
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter (get one of these to help with this and so many other things)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups (213 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (make sure to use paleo-friendly chocolate chips, if desired, or even dark )
You could easily just use ghee or coconut oil or either of the flours but I like the taste achieved by combining them. It seemed to balance it all.
Preheat oven to 350°F
Combine dry ingredients. I use a whisk to do this and sift them just a bit.
Next, beat the sugar, ghee, and coconut oil together with an electric stand mixer until well combined. Then add almond butter and vanilla to this mixture. Lastly and slowly mix in your egg. Then mix the dry ingredients until combined and then the chocolate chips.
Chill for at least 1 hour to make dough firm. You can then scoop or shape them nicely. I have a three year old who was helping me and I kind of love it when he does. They were in small globs that he made and so he could eat them but they still came out pretty and delicious!
Bake 13-15 minutes and enjoy.