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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Gluten Free Bread

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One of my challengers, Jen, shared this good gluten free bread recipe.  I excitedly got my ingredients gathered and started mixing it up.  It works up quickly and slices thin which is always good when you are being intentional about portions.  You can find the recipe here 

Serve with a little sliced apple and a healthy nut butter and just maybe a drizzle of honey or 100% fruit spread. 

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It’s this easy – no mixer needed.  I used 3 Tbsp organic butter and 3 Tbsp of coconut oil.  Next time I want to try replacing the eggs with ground flax seed (3 Tbsp of water and 1 Tbsp ground flax seed = 1 egg.  Mix well and let thicken for a few minutes)  This is a good alternative for those that need to limit their egg consumption.

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Place it in a well greased loaf pan. I used a coconut oil spray.

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Bake It.  Let cool for 10 minutes.  Run a butter knife around the edges and flip out.  I use another cooling rack.  Place on top of the loaf pan and flip.  Then I flip back onto another cooling rack.

Even had a chance to straighten out my baking center while the bread was baking.

For 21 Day Fixers – 1 serving = 1 blue container, .5 red container

Is this a recipe you would try?

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Eating Out Tips

This post is about eating out and choosing the restaurant ahead of time when you are trying to eat healthy.  If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area, this should be on your Try list.  We saw it featured on a past episode of Check Please.  My husband suggested we go on Saturday morning and after watching the tv show I was sold.

So our adventure to Tottie’s Asian Fusion restaurant located on Hayden and Thomas began.  Funny these moments can feel like many vacations.  Since my husband has a wheat sensitivity, we were very excited with the gluten free choices. 

First we had spring rolls wrapped in rice paper.  These are amazing and have fresh mint in the filling.  They were served with a peanut sauce that had a little kick in it.  Aren’t they pretty?

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Then I ordered a Thai Chicken Stir Fry with mild sauce  I should have ordered it a bit spicier but I  improvised and used some of the yummy peanut sauce that came with the spring rolls.  The portions are very generous and I ate 1/3 of this.

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Then we shared a little dessert because Tottie makes fresh dairy-free coconut milk ice cream in different flavors – we had the mango.  Yes – there was fresh mango pieces in it.  It was delicious and not too sweet.

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So don’t be afraid to go out and eat – but do a little homework – study the menu and make some decisions before you are being seated and then do what we did – Enjoy!!!

Which one of the pictures looked the yummiest to you?

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