Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately… there’s been a LOT going on! First things first, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on this amazing opportunity: 

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Ultimate-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies450px-AllergyFreeAlaskaI’ve kept the recipe for these Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies in my back pocket for a while, just waiting for the right time to share it with you. After a few super busy weeks, I think it’s the right time.  ;)

I make these for my family when we need a little treat or pick me up (I may have even let my girls have 2 for breakfast the other day… but I won’t confirm or deny that). I’ve made this recipe for several friends, some are gluten free, some are not. Regardless, everyone has loved them, and some have been completely surprised these are grain free. They taste a lot like a regular “Toll House Style” chocolate chip cookie. Who knew grain free could taste so good?!  ;) 

A Few Notes About Substitutions:
1. If you can’t do almond flour or nuts, this recipe isn’t for you. Try my Gluten Free Toll House Style Chocolate Chip Cookies instead (the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of almond flour, but simply substitute sorghum flour for the almond flour and you’ll be golden). 
2. If you are egg free, try these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites or Protein Packed Monster Breakfast Cookies instead. 
3. And lastly, for sugar-free, try these Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies (just use cocoa nib in place of the chocolate chips for completely sugar-free). 

All my love, 
Megan (with a long E)

Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen (depending on the size)

Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot starch, palm sugar, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. Cut in the coconut oil until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. The dough will appear to be dry, but keep mixing until the ingredients come together to form a thick cookie dough.
  5. Stir in the Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips.
  6. Refrigerate in an airtight container for 2 hours.
  7. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment or silicone lined baking sheets and bake 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  8. Cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring the cookies to paper towels to help draw out the excess oils. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes from Megan

These cookies come out of the oven crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. For extra chewy cookies, under bake them by a minute. For completely crispy cookies, bake them until they are deep golden in color (just be careful not to burn them).

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/03/12/ultimate-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

This recipe is linked to Make Your Own Monday, Fat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, and Gluten Free Fridays. 

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Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Oh goodness… I can’t believe it’s December! What happened to November?! In less than 2 weeks AJ and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and then in 2 1/2 weeks it will be Christmas. It’s all coming so fast – time needs to slow down so I can get done what I want to! And actually, as far as shopping is concerned, I’m just about done; I just want more time time to fit in all of the craft and baking projects. ;)

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I have a weakness for cookies… especially ones of the ginger molasses variety (they taste SO good dunked in a cup of black coffee!). The distinct molasses and spicy ginger flavors blend so well together, and while I do like the harder ginger snaps, there’s something equally amazing about the big and soft ginger molasses cookies. These Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies certainly live up to their name. They are big, and so soft they nearly melt in your mouth. Bet you can’t eat just one! ;)

OH! And speaking of cookies… my sweet and talented friend, Jeanine, of The Baking Beauties, is offering a FREE Gluten Free Cookie E-book as a Christmas present to her readers (how awesome is that??!). You can download the E-book and find out more information about it by clicking HERE

Enjoy!
xoxo,
Megan

Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (I use either Honeyville or Anthony's)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, just melted
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot starch, coconut flour, ground ginger, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and sea salt.
  3. Mix in the coconut oil, unsulphured molasses, honey or pure maple syrup, and the egg and mix until combined.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.
  5. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place them on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Gently flatten the balls of dough with your fingers until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet to cool.
http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/12/09/big-soft-paleo-ginger-molasses-cookies/

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Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies (Paleo & vegan)

A subtly sweet shortbread topped with pecan pie filling… does it get any better?

When I was little, my mom made sure we had pecan pie every holiday; it was my dad’s favorite. Since changing my eating habits I wanted to make a healthier alternative to the sugar-filled classic, something I didn’t have to feel guilty about eating.

These Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies are definitely guilt-free (Paleo & vegan). And tasty too!

I am willing to bet you will have a hard time NOT eating the filling… just make sure you save enough of it to fill the cookies.

Enjoy… and please let me know how you like these! I love comments!
xoxo
Megan

Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies (Paleo & vegan)

Yield: about 18 cookies

Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies (Paleo & vegan)

Ingredients

    For the filling:
  • 1/3 cup dates, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • For the cookie base:
  • 2 1/4 cup blanched almond flour, gently packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

    To make the filling:
  1. Cover the chopped dates in 1 cup of hot water and set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until the coconut oil is just melted and then remove from heat.
  3. Drain and discard the hot water from the dates, and place the dates in a blender with the saucepan contents. Blend until smooth, pour back into the saucepan (so you don’t dirty another bowl) and then stir in the sea salt and chopped pecans. Set aside.
  4. To make the cookie base and form the cookies:
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, sea salt, and baking soda. Whisk in the coconut oil until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
  7. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and almond milk. Start with 1 tablespoon of almond milk and add another tablespoon only if the dough needs more moisture to pull it together.
  8. Roll the dough into balls (using about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough each) and place on the cookie sheet. Flatten the balls of dough and use your fingers to make a well (or indentation) in the middle of the cookies.
  9. Generously fill the cookies with the pecan pie filling (and I do mean generously fill, otherwise you will be left with a lot of filling left over).
  10. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.
  11. Allow the cookies to completely cool on the cookie sheet (otherwise they will fall apart).
http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2012/12/06/guilt-free-pecan-pie-cookies/

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Toll House Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free, dairy free, soy free)

As of lately, it is very rare for me to eat a really sweet indulgent treat. Don’t get me wrong, anyone who knows me well knows I love sweets, but I normally prefer ones that have been made healthier in some way (lower in sugar, lower in fat, etc.). Not this time. In a moment of weakness last night, I gave in to a craving. I HAD to have chocolate chip cookies, but not any kind of chocolate chip cookies. Only the ones from my childhood would do…  Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I immediately made the cookies (but gluten and dairy free of course).

Once I told my Facebook readers what I was making, several requested I post the recipe. So here you are… PLEASE make sure you read the recipe notes prior to making these bad boys! 

This recipe is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays and Simple Lives Thursday and Freaky Friday.

Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free, dairy free, soy free)
Yields about 3 dozen cookies

This recipe has been adapted from the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

1 cup palm shortening (I use Spectrum)
2 cup palm sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup tapioca starch
1 cup super fine sorghum flour (I use Authentic Foods)
1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup allergy free mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla and the eggs until just blended.
  4. Add the xanthan gum, sea salt, baking soda, and tapioca starch and stir until blended.
  5. Whisk in the sorghum flour and almond flour, and then the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes.

Megan’s Recipe Notes:

  1. I don’t recommend using a substitute for the palm shortening. Shortening is a thicker substance than coconut oil or olive oil, etc, so if you use different oil, your cookies will turn out very flat and thin. If you tolerate organic butter, I think it would work well (just make sure it’s soft and not melted). 
  2. I use palm sugar in this recipe. If you do not use palm sugar, but cane sugar or sucant, decrease the amount used to 1 1/2 cups. Palm sugar is less sweet than either cane sugar or sucant, so if you use a full 2 cups of either, your cookies will be overly sweet (and they are already plenty sweet!).
  3. Super fine sorghum flour is a key ingredient in this recipe. It adds to the smooth (non gritty) texture, but if you don’t have access to super fine sorghum, feel free to use regular sorghum flour.
  4. I added almond meal to this recipe because it adds such a wonderful texture and taste to baked goods. If you are allergic to almonds, simply substitute more sorghum flour, or a 1/4 cup of super fine brown rice flour.

Enjoy!
Megan