Almond Flour Gluten Free Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are almost as American as apple pie but I wondered could I use the knowledge I’ve been gleaning about healthier ingredients and put something together that would meet the need for a treat.  Could I find something that would once again bring that homey smell into my house?  Was there a cookie that could be made without processed sugar so that even though a treat was being enjoyed, there was not a spike to blood sugar?  

Almond Flour Choc Chip Cookie

The answer to those questions is YES! YES! YES!  

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 23
A cookie with no processed sugar or wheat flour.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
11 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups almond flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda, gluten free
  3. 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  4. 1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
  5. 1/4 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet or pure maple syrup
  6. 1 1/2 Tbsp of organic almond butter
  7. 3 drops of SweetLeaf English Toffee liquid stevia, optional
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 2 large egg whites
  10. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  11. 1/2 cup semi-sweet (or dark) chocolate chips and a few extra for top of cookies
  12. Coconut sugar, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside
  3. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  4. Beat oil, fruit sweet/maple syrup in a large bowl for about 3 minutes. Add almond butter and optional stevia. Mix for another minute until well blended.
  5. Add egg, egg whites and extract; beat for 2 minutes.
  6. Add dry mixture into wet mixture. Mix until well blended.
  7. Add in chocolate chips by either blending into batter to break down chocolate or stir in chocolate chips to keep chocolate in large pieces.
  8. Drop by teaspoons or by using a cookie scoop onto parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
  9. Sprinkle with coconut sugar, if desired and flatten with fork
  10. 2 chocolate chips can be placed flat sides together as a decoration on top of each cookie.
  11. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until light golden brown.
  12. Move to cooling rack.
  13. Can be stored in freezer.
Adapted from 21 Day Fix - Fixate
Adapted from 21 Day Fix - Fixate
Deliciously Inspired http://www.deliciouslyinspired.com/
Fruit Sweet is made from 3 fruits – pineapple, peaches and pears.  It is cooked down until it is a honey type consistency.  I have used this product for close to 20 years and love it.   You can order at Wax Orchards

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

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Carrot Pecan Muffins

I’ve baked for over 40 years but I think one of the fascinating things I am learning as I build my skill in the kitchen is how incredible things can taste with healthier ingredients.    These yummy muffins are made with almond flour and natural sweeteners (or I used Fruit Sweet).

Carrot-Pecan Muffins

 

Carrot Pecan Muffins
Yields 11
A delicious gluten free muffin that has a sneaky way of including vegetables.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  2. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  4. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 4 large organic eggs
  6. 1 medium ripe banana (1/4 cup)
  7. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  8. 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  9. 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  10. 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  11. Extras for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, mashed banana, coconut oil and sweetener.
  5. Stir in the shredded carrots and chopped pecans.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together.
  7. Scoop the batter by large spoonfuls into prepared pan.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Makes 11-12 muffins
Notes
  1. These freeze very well.
Adapted from The Elimination Diet Cookbook
Adapted from The Elimination Diet Cookbook
Deliciously Inspired http://www.deliciouslyinspired.com/
 Let’s mix it up ๐Ÿ™‚

Carrot Pecan Muffins - batter

Ready for the oven ๐Ÿ™‚
Carrot Pecan Muffins - ready for oven

Just another tool in my living healthy tool box – Read more about the changes I’m making Here

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Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie

Years ago I was visiting friends in Bakersfield, California.  During our visit we went to an old-fashion ice cream parlor and there I had something that amazed my taste buds – A George Special Milkshake.  It had banana, chocolate, nuts and was crazy good.

Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie

I have taken those flavors and turned them into a protein smoothie.

Chocolate Banana Almond Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup Silk Almond/Coconut Milk or milk of your choice
  2. 3/4 cup of filtered water
  3. 1 serving of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
  4. 1/2 of a frozen banana, cut in pieces
  5. 1 tsp almond butter
  6. 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  7. 5-6 Ice Cubes
  8. Sliced Raw Almonds to garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except sliced almonds and blend until smooth
  2. Garnish with almonds if desired
Notes
  1. Adding more ice cubes will increase thickness
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