It’s been a crazy week so I’m pretty excited for Friday to be here. Isaac and I had plans or appointments every night after work this week – it was all fun stuff but I’ve had little time to blog so that’s why you haven’t heard from me in a few days.
Last night I had some free time so I managed to get in a good workout after getting off work (HIIT on the bike and incline walking on the treadmill) and baked a batch of cookies after dinner. These cookies aren’t any old cookies either. They’re actually for a CrossFit party.
Here’s a little background info: Tina convinced me to try CrossFit. Isaac and I bought an Amazon Local deal for 12 CrossFit sessions at CrossFit Full Circle and we’ve been trying it out of the past couple weeks. They’re hosting a Grand Opening party tonight from 6:00PM – Midnight. It’s open to the public so if you feel like checking at a CrossFit party, you should come. See the full details here.
Anyhow, in the invite, it said the party was pot-luck style and that we could bring something if we’d like. It didn’t mention anything about the items needing to be paleo, but I know how the CrossFit peeps roll so I figured I would try my hand at making a paleo friendly cookie. (Just as an FYI – strict Paleo diet followers eat fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and stay away from grains, legumes, dairy products, refined sugar and processed oils.) Since there are no grain-based flours allowed (not even quinoa flour), baking can be quite the task…
I looked up a bunch of different recipes online and finally decided to use this one as my guide. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly using these seven ingredients:
- almond flour
- baking soda
- sea salt
- coconut manna instead of the oil
- raw honey
- chocolate chips
The manna is a bit thicker than oil so my dough turned out a little on the crumbly side, but once I started using my hands to roll the dough into balls, they stuck together and I was able to form them into little cookie bites.
They’re for the party, but of course I had to taste one last night for quality control. <– Had to be done.
I’ll be honest, I was pretty surprised at the flavor when I tasted it because I thought the almond flour was going to make the cookies taste dry. Alas, it was moist, sweet and delicious. They are quite dense so the texture is a little different than a regular chocolate chip cookie, but they’re still cookie-like and work great for curing a late night sweet tooth. I think the chocolate chips help!
In addition I like the smaller size. Since they’re based primarily of fat (almonds and coconut), they’re pretty filling and you only need one or two to feel satisfied. I don’t know about you, but fats are really good at making me feel full.
So if you’re following the paleo diet or interested in trying out a paleo friendly baking recipe – you know, if you have a CrossFit party to attend or something. I would highly recommend this Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The recipe was super easy to whip up and I would definitely make them again.
Have you ever tried an paleo/primal baking recipes? What did you think of them?