Monday, December 12, 2011

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I decided to keep with my holiday treats theme and come up with a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. There are so many different variations of "paleo" chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to use what I had in my cabinets and come up with my own.  Since I love coconut, I tossed some of that good stuff in this recipe too. Only problem is these came out a little bit dry, but thats what happens when you use coconut flour.  Anyone else have a good cookie recipe?? I posted a recipe similar to this way back in march, that had mashed bananas and almonds in it.  Check it out if you like bananas,almonds, and coconut.

Have a good holiday friends!

You will need:
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/2-3/4 cup dark chocolate chips  ( or chop up your favorite chocolate bar)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil ( is what I used, I would do 1/2 cup next time to make them more moist)
- 1/4 cup almond butter
-1/4 cup honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- dash of cinnamon
-1/2 tsp sea salt

1. mix all dry ingredients ( except chocolate chips)
2. melt coconut oil, add almond butter and honey to melted coconut oil to get a smooth mixture.
3. add eggs to dry ingredients
4, add almondbutter/coconutoil/honey mixture
5. then add chocolate chips--mix together well
6. make small cookies with hands
7. place on greased cookie sheet
8. bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.  In my oven 15 wasn't enough, so I left it in for 20 and they were over done.  I'd go for a good 18 minutes.


Monday, December 5, 2011

"Clean" Brownie's

Tis the season for sweets & appetizers galoreeee.  I was making a very unpaleo appetizer for a christmas party I was going to, and asked on my facebook page if anyone had any holiday treats they would like a "clean" recipe for.  My friend April from nursing school, asked about Brownies.  I've made a few versions of paleo brownies before, and decided to come up with my own recipe with all the ingredients I wanted to incorporate.  April was a friend who probably had to listen to me complain too often about how sore I was after various crossfit workouts.  Now she has just joined a new crossfit in wallingford and can understand where I was coming from!  If anyone else has any recipes they would like to see for the holiday season let me know, i'll do my best to experiment!  It's so hard to stay on track during the holidays, I won't pretend my diet has been perfect because it hasn't! But hopefully with some options like "Clean" brownies, it might be a little easier for some of us :)

These brownies are not super sweet or chocolatey, but they still hit the sweet tooth spot.  If you want to make them a little more rich, add some dark chocolate chips. ( I'm going to try this in the next batch)

You will need:
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond butter
3 eggs
1/4 cup honey-- ( you can add more for a sweeter brownie)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
**optional: dark chocolate chips (preferably 70-80%), walnuts

1.preheat oven to 350. mix all dry ingredients together
2. put almond butter, honey, and coconut oil in sauce pan--heat over medium heat until mixture is smooth.
3. add mixture to dry ingredients mix well.
4. then mix in eggs and almond milk.
5.  add to greased baking dish ( I use coconut oil spray)
6. bake in oven for 15-18 minutes or until baked all the way through.
Bring these to your next paleo holiday party!