Sometimes you just want to make a batch of Perfect (Paleo) Chocolate Chip Cookies for no reason at all other than the fact they are healthy, simple and delicious! These are those (healthy) cookies.
Making Healthy Desserts
I am the type of person who believes in having dessert after every meal. Breakfast dessert is definitely a thing in my house! However, I also am an advocate for healthy eating and that conviction has grown since I had kids. While I want to eat cookies after every meal, I don’t necessarily want my kids to be doing the same. It’s pretty contradictory, I know.
A way that I have found to balance these two desires is to simply make healthy desserts. It needs to be sweet and delicious enough to satisfy my sweet tooth while also being healthy enough that I don’t mind my three year old eating it at 10 am. A tricky balance for sure! Luckily, the Paleo diet offers nutritious guidelines I can follow to create the desserts I am looking for.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies was one of the first desserts I wanted to tackle while following the Paleo diet rules. Goodbye butter, white sugar and refined white flour! Get rid of those ingredients and what is even left?!? Well, dark chocolate for one! As long as there is still chocolate, I can make this recipe work!
Replacing white flour is fairly simply thanks to the popularity of almond flour. Almond flour is also an ingredient I just love as it adds protein and some healthy fats. Perfect for my kids health wise (especially since not many three year olds will eat nuts unless they are disguised inside a cookie) and delicious for me!
Next we say goodbye to refined sugar which the Paleo diet is very much against. I have to agree with that as well- refined sugar adds very little to a recipe other than pure sweetness. And don’t even get me started on how white sugar is made….look it up and you will be surprised! For this Paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe, I opted to use honey. A natural sweetener that also adds a rich flavor to the cookies. Just perfect.
How to Replace the Butter
Now comes the part which I always find tricky – replacing the butter in the cookie recipe. While I have tried using oils in the past (the Paelo diet loves coconut oil!), I have never had luck. When making cookies, you really need that thick, creamy butter. For this chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have found that using almond butter works fantastically. Not only does it amp up the almond flavor that is already there thanks to the almond flour but it adds some great healthy fats, something butter just can’t do.
So now that we have assessed all of the ingredients, it’s time to bake! Making these Paleo cookies only takes about 5 minutes to whip up. That is perfect as I plan on making these all the time… One bowl, a mixer or spatula and you will be done with the batter in no time. If you have kids who always want to help with the cookie (like mine), this is the perfect recipe to make with them. My daughter loves to stir everything together and sneaks a few chocolate chips before they go into the cookie dough.
5 minutes and a Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie
Once they are baked, these healthy chocolate chip cookies won’t stick around too long. The fact that I do consider them healthy makes them even more difficult to resist. That’s okay though! Full of nuts, honey and dark chocolate chips (did I mention that dark chocolate is full of antioxidants? So those are good for you too!), these are a definite win.
I highly recommend incorporating breakfast dessert into your daily routine and starting with these Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies is a great place to start! They will be a bright spot in your morning and you’re kids will love you for it too.
Hope you Enjoy! =)
Hope you Enjoy! =)
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¾ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup chocolate chips (we use Enjoy Life brand)
- Preheat oven to 350(F) degrees. Mix all of the ingredients except chocolate chips in a medium-size mixing bowl.
- Stir in the chocolate chips then place spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Carefully remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.