Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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I love peanut butter. On an apple, in a cookie, by the spoonful.. it’s just SO delectable. It’s one of those things I will not give up, paleo or not. Well the other day my mom brought home peanut butter cookies from Sunterra. They were laiden with gluten and refined sugar, but smelt like heaven. As a result, I was inspired to try and create a grain free, refined sugar free peanut butter cookie that mimicked the “real thing.” Now let me tell you, this is not the first time I’ve taken on this task, oh no! I’ve had several peanut butter cookie fails. I’ve tried peanut butter and honey combos, sweetening with dates, flourless.. all to no avail, as they hailed sub par cookies that just didn’t cut it! But this time… I think I nailed it! The ratio of almond flour to butter to peanut butter creates a perfectly soft, crumb texture, and just the right amount of peanutty flavour. But I think the real trick was the sweetener.. I have been experimenting with Truvia Baking Blend lately, a combo of stevia and erythritol (both non-glycemic sweeteners), and although using it solely creates a slight aftertaste, mixing it with another sugar has proven to be a success! When the molasses-like flavour of coconut palm sugar is combined with the vanilla scented, ultra-sweet truvia, magic happens! The kind of magic you typically find in a cookie containing refined white and brown sugars. So when you join this sweet epiphany with gooey, creamy, peanut butter, and let it get all fluffy in the oven? Deliciousness. Even my mom (my go-to taste tester), who prefers “Dad’s” cookies to my healthier variety, admitted these babies taste legit!

And so, my gift to you: awesome, guilt free, peanut butter love. ❤

Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, with modifications for dairy free

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter (for dairy free try refined coconut oil)
1/2 cup peanut butter  
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
1 1/2 tbsp Truvia baking blend
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
1. Cream butter and peanut butter together with sugars.
2. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
3. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
4. Add dark chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
5. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 8 minutes. Keep an eye on them, as they may need a minute or two in either direction.  
6. Store cookies in a sealed container.

*Note: If you don’t have Truvia, you can use an additional 1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar, however the flavour will be slightly different. Still delicious though!

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“Believe It Or Not” Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies

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So I’ve had this mad craving for a Betty Crocker chocolate brownie. You know, those ones that you make from the boxed mix, and are untouchable, even by the homemade variety?! Yeah, those. Well I refused to succumb to those sinful sugar bombs.. so instead I made these babies.. then ate 3.

Sometimes I think I should just eat the damn brownie.

But then! I remember that these particular cookies are made with healthy ingredients! With actual nutritional value! Instead of corn syrup, these are sweetened with pureed raisins or dates, which boast an impressive nutritional profile in comparison to other sweeteners. Instead of wheat flour, these are made with ground almonds, which contain healthy fats, fibre, and protein. Instead of partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil (eek!), these are made with avocado, which is another amazing source of healthy fats, fibre, and potassium! Combine these nutrient dense ingredients with organic cacao powder, and high quality dark chocolate (we’ve gotta give a little!), and you have some INSANELY delicious, and HEALTHY cookies! Yes, these are considered straight up health food in my eyes. It helps me justify eating several at once. =)

ImageOh, and did I mention that they taste amazing too? The cookie by itself is not overwhelmingly sweet, but has a rich, decadent flavour, and unbelievably fudgy texture. The addition of the dark chocolate chips lends just the right amount of sweetness, and adds ooey gooey, melty goodness to every bite. Basically, these are a delectable, fudgy brownie, in a convenient cookie form. Craving crushed.

Make them now. Thank me later.

“Believe it or Not” Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies
Gluten free, grain free, sugar free, and dairy free (if made with dairy free chocolate chips)

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups almond meal (I grind my own in my Magic bullet)
1 cup cacao or cocoa powder
1½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ripe avocado
1 cup dates or raisins, pureed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
As many dark chocolate chips as you can possibly cram in there!

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
1. In a large bowl, mix together almond meal, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
2. Using a food processor or good quality blender, puree raisins or dates first, then blend in avocado, vanilla, and egg until smooth.
3. Combine wet ingredients into dry mixture. Mix until incorporated.
4. Add dark chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
5. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 9 minutes.
6. Eat one fresh out of the oven. Store remaining cookies in sealed container in the fridge or freezer.

*Note: These taste awesome both warm, or frozen. Yum!!

Recipe credit to my beautiful baby sister Kelynn!!