Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

As discussed in Episode 36 of the Wise Eats Podcast:

These are healthy, delicious, potentially sugar-free chocolate chip cookies that you and Santa are sure to love!

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • ½ Cup Grass-Fed Butter (113g)
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Oil (54g)
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Sugar (150g) (We substitute some or all of this with Lakanto Monk Fruit powder from Costco)
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract (8.4g)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda (3g)
  • ½ Tsp Salt (3g)
  • 3 Cups Blanched Almond Flour (288g)
  • 1 ¼ Cups Chocolate Chips (200g)

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line baking sheet w/ parchment paper or use coconut oil
  • Cream together butter, coconut oil, sugar (Hopefully you have a better mixer than me)
  • Mix in vanilla extract, eggs
  • Mix in baking soda, salt
  • Mix in one cup of almond flour at a time
  • Fold in chocolate chips with a wooden spoon
  • Form dough into tablespoon rounds and place on baking sheet 3 inches apart (Made my first batch of cookies too big)
  • Bake 10-13mins

Pro Tip: Form some cough dough rounds and place in the freezer for a few mins. Then store them in a separate freezer-safe container to have fresh cookies ready to bake at any time!

Nutrition Facts – 1 Cookie (28g)

  • Calories: 163
  • Fat: 13g
  • Protein: 3.1g
  • Carbs: 11g

Health Benefits & Ingredients

Coconut Sugar & Alternative Sweeteners: We use coconut sugar in this recipe, which contains more nutrients and fiber than regular sugar but it is still sugar at the end of the day. These cookies are high in sugar (approximately 10g sugar per cookie, ouch!), so they should be enjoyed in moderation. Normally, I avoid anything that is higher than 4g of added sugar per serving.

If you want to reduce the amount of sugar, we replace it with the monk fruit/erythritol sweetener from Costco. It’s a fantastic 1:1 substitute for actual sugar. The ingredients are really good and it adds so much flavor! Be careful using these alternatives sweeteners though because many products add natural flavoring and other unnecessary junk. It’s also important to make sure you’re buying non-GMO. Finally, even the good alternative sweeteners like stevia, monk fruit, and erythritol should be consumed in moderation because they can cause digestive distress if consumed in large amounts.

Coconut Oil: Be sure to use organic, virgin, unrefined. We buy the Kirkland brand from Costco. We use coconut oil for EVERYTHING it’s super good for you. Rich in healthy fatty acids, helps lower cholesterol, can help with fat burning, brain energy (Gunners, 2020).

Grass-Fed Butter: We use grass-fed and/or organic butter because conventional dairy is extremely bad for you. It can contain as many as 20 pharmaceutical residues, including antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, and even medications that are given to the cows (Axe, 2020). The brand we buy is Kerrygold from Costco. Not 100% grass-fed and finished but it’s still a really great option for a great price.

Almond Flour: A much healthier alternative to the enriched flours typically used to make chocolate chip cookies. Almond flour won’t spike your blood sugar like refined wheat products and actually help your blood sugar. It can help with blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, satiety, and weight loss (Leech, 2018).

Chocolate Chips: For this recipe, we used Bake Believe Chocolate Chips, sugar-free, non-GMO chocolate chips with a surprising amount of flavor and a really good ingredient list:

  • Chocolate Liquor (prefer it to be organic, but it’s non-GMO at least)
  • Inulin (Fiber-rich sugar substitute)
  • Erythritol (Non-GMO natural sweetener)
  • Cocoa Butter (Oil coming from cocoa beans, very good for you!)
  • Sunflower Lecithin (A plant-based emulsifier that allows ingredients to bind together, in this case forming the chocolate chip. Also has some health benefits like improved cholesterol, digestion, brain function, and skin health (Link, 2018).
  • Vanilla Extract (Offers many health benefits but be on the lookout for cheap imitations with hidden synthetic chemicals!)
  • Stevia Leaf Reb M (Again, limit your use of these sugar alternatives, but I would take this over high sugar content any day!

For more delicious, healthy recipes, go to Wise-Eats.com/Recipes. Thanks for reading, have a great day, and make wise choices!

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