• 3/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond milk
  • Chopped chocolate (you decide how much!)

Cookies! Who doesn’t love cookies, especially in the Winter? I have to admit, I am usually not one for sweet treats, or baking for that matter.  I’m the girl that can look a piece of cake in the face all day and not be tempted, but have to literally sit on my hands to keep from grabbing at the bread basket.  I love to cook, not only because I am a savory kind of gal, but because cooking allows for improvising.  A little of this, a little of that – voila, delicious.  Baking, on the other hand, with all of its precision and measurements overwhelms me (especially in an NYC apartment kitchen!), and I have only baked a handful of times in my going-on-7 years as a New Yorker.

However, when a client at Pure Barre brought in paleo chocolate chip cookies for the staff (how sweet!), I tried these and was immediately intrigued.  Not only intrigued – they were so good that I had a hard time believing they were actually made with all HEALTHY ingredients.  From a little investigation I found that the recipe was taken from Laura Lea’s website, and I was immediately looking forward to a night to stay in and make these.  Flash forward three weeks later….

The first attempt was an epic, epic fail.  This batch was so dry, sand-like, and nothing at all like a cookie.  I emailed Laura Lea herself in a panic – what did I do wrong?!  I told her that I substituted the coconut flour for almond flour (Whole Foods was fresh out of almond flour during the snow storm), and she got back to me right away to let me know that the two are not interchangeable!  Apparently coconut flour absorbs liquid much more than other flours, so less is required.  See, goes to show how much I know about baking.  Silly me thought that “flour is flour”.

Still without almond flour, I was determined to adapt the recipe a little bit and make these cookies work with what I already had at home.    The result – soft, moist, super-duper chocolatey cookies that I was able to snack on throughout the week.  I even crumbled them up in to my late-night-dairy-free ice cream attack.  Whoops.  But at only roughly 110 calories a cookie, this was a late night snack I could justify.  I mean, minus the ice cream.  Oh well.

If you’ve got dietary restrictions, please note that these are:

Paleo

Grain-Free

Dairy-Free

These come without:

Guilt

Sugar Rush

Belly Bloat

..That’s good enough for me.  You?

P.S for chocolate I did not measure, and I did not skimp.  I just used a dairy-free chocolate bar from Whole Foods.  Pick your favorite!

If you make these, let me know how they come out! I’m excited to play around with even more variations of cookies in the future.

Xo

Ava