Healthy Cookie Monster
I’m not much of a baker. The precision of it has always been tough for me. But the thing is, I live with people (especially little people) who like to eat baked goods, and I think kids (and grown-ups) should have treats once in a while. So whenever I try a cookie or muffin I really like, I ask for the recipe and file it away to make on a rainy day. Here’s one I had recently that is relatively healthy (sans gluten, dairy, refined sugar) and totally delicious….if you like almonds, that is. Instead of wheat flour, these cookies are made with almond flour, making them way more nutrient-dense than the cookies on the back of the Nestle bag. I got the recipe from one of my oldest and dearest friends Erin, who eats a super clean diet (she probably washed down this cookie with a kale and spinach and cucumber juice…seriously). With or without a green juice, these cookies had me at hello…
1 1/2 cups sifted blanched almond flour (so mainstream now that even trader joe’s sells it)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (melted, not softened)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 whole egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
In a bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt. In a separate bowl mix together melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, room temperature maple syrup, and room temperature egg. Incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then add chocolate chips. After everything is mixed, preheat oven to 350F and refrigerate batter for 30 minutes.
Once the 30 minutes are up and oven is heated, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and roll dough into small-ish balls. Put them in the oven for about 5-7 minutes, then take them out and slightly flatten them with the back of a spatula. Put them back in the oven for about 5 more minutes, or until they look done. Take them out RIGHT when you see a hint of golden brown (they won’t look done, but they are).
These cookies make a great snack or even a nice energy boost on a long bike ride. Yum! Have you ever cooked with almond flour? What did you make and how did it taste?