Heavenly Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you ever get that craving for hot out of the oven, gooey chocolate chip cookies? Well, this is your lucky day. Enjoy a little slice of heaven with these healthy morsels of goodness.
Replacing all-purpose white flour with almond flour raises the nutritional value. Almond flour, also known as almond meal, is an alternative flour for baking and cooking. The only ingredients in blanched almond flour is ground, whole almonds with the skins removed. This flour is gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and a high source of protein.
This chocolate cookie recipe uses coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or butter, boosting your natural saturated fat intake. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol) in your body, but also help convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By increasing the HDL in the body, you promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.
Instead of cane sugar and brown sugar, which traditional recipes use in large amounts, giving the dough almost a gritty texture, this recipe calls for grade B maple syrup as a natural sweetener. Compared to refined cane sugar that offers absolutely no nutrients, maple syrup contains some important antioxidants and minerals, like zinc and manganese. Grade B maple syrup has a higher nutrient content than the grade A type, too.
These cookies are perfect for a sweet treat, a potluck party, and to share with friends and family who are interested in being more health conscious without sacrificing taste. You will find that nutrient-dense recipes feel better in your body and will likely not trigger cravings like their sugary counterparts do.
- 1 1/2 cups sifted blanched almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup grade b maple syrup
- 1 whole egg
- 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips (Lily’s brand recommended)
- Let egg and maple syrup come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) together in a bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients (coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup, egg) together in a separate bowl.
- Pour the wet into the dry. Incorporate well.
- Mix in the chocolate chips. Throw in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spoon batter about 1" in diameter each onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Throw in oven for 7 minutes. Push down the top of the cookies with the back of a spatula (gives them a better shape - not necessary). Continue baking for 5 more minutes.
- Let cool, and enjoy!
Sugar is addictive, and this recipe is the perfect way to start breaking sugar cravings by replacing this popular dessert with a more healthy version. Enjoy this heavenly chocolate chip extravaganza!
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