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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies – sugar free, gluten free & organic

Posted Mar 14 2012 3:00am

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

If there’s one dessert that our whole family loves it’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. My favorite is straight out of the oven when they are warm and the chocolate is still gooey. What can be better than this? Well, in our family it only gets better if it’s good for you too. And this recipe is REALLY good for you! Sugar free, gluten free and organic. I promise – it’s love at first bite.

Ingredients:

- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon powdered stevia
- 1/2 cup xylitol
- 1/2 cup organic butter, softened (you can also use Healthy Balance Spread instead of butter)
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla – this vanilla recipe is outstanding!
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 cup cacao chocolate chips (60% or less) or carob chips can be substituted – you can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) I like pecans though!

Stir together almond flour, baking soda, xantham gum, sea salt, stevia and xylitol in large bowl. Set aside. In separate bowl blend with mixer butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips by hand.

Scoop 1 tablespoon cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your hand to cookie shape. (These do not spread so the size and shape you make is what the cookie will end up as). Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

*As a side note: When using almond flour just remember that it can get very moist the longer it sets. For making a cake that’s great – for cookies, not so much. So I suggest making these fresh when you want to eat them to keep more of a cookie texture. What’s also great about this recipe is you can make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. Just slice and bake for fresh cookies anytime. This way you get the great cookie texture AND a quick cookie whenever you want. See Cowboy Chocolate Chip Cookies for the tip on how to store the dough.

Want to know the difference between Cacao and what goes into most Chocolate?  Here’s a GREAT article that gives you the scoop: Cacao Versus Cocoa Powder.   Also have to include a photo of the Cacao plant.  I just LOVE knowing where my food comes from.  It helps me to connect and realize that someone actually took the time to grow this.  So how they take care of the food item is REALLY important to me from the ground to my table.

Cacao tree, Seed pods, Seeds, Cacao and Cocoa Powders

Who would have thought all that work for some little chips?  And you thought Hersey invented these babies!

Now, before I get a bunch of emails on the cool bowl that these cookies are in.  Just let me tell you that my friend Debbie MADE this for me.  She knows how much I LOVE a good animal print. So sorry, I can’t tell you where to buy this.  You’ll just have to be in animal envy.

As a side note, just getting started on Pinterest – would love for you to pin this recipe, share it on Facebook, Twitter – or of course you can do all three – smile.  Thanks ahead of time!

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