Paleo Diet - Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peace, Love And Chocolate Chips

Valentine’s Day has come and gone. It’s one of those holidays that we don’t care to go out for, too many crowds, but we do always like to acknowledge. This year it fell on Thursday so I had the whole crew. In addition to spatchcocking a chicken and roasting it with sweet potatoes and onions I made a monster cookie. And of course, I shaped it in a heart… And, then I decorated it as a peace sign. I would love to say I did it solely for the kids but doing these things brings me genuine joy as well.

Everyone’s got a reason why they need to eat chocolate, and Valentine’s Day is one good reason. Aside from making a fancy meal for the day, I also made a humungous chocolate chips cookie! Since it’s a day for love, I figured making a huge, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie with a peace sign design fits the day’s theme. Of course, the kids freaked out in excitement and enjoy every bit of the Paleo meal, especially the chocolate chips.

Paleo Diet Recipes - Chocolate Chip Cookie

Besides, from enjoying the dessert, we also get to load up with the health benefits from the dark chocolate chips I used. Dark chocolate is perhaps the best Paleo sweet that can truly be enjoyed by everyone, even those who are not into the diet. But enough of that for now, I know you’re already excited to make this huge chocolate chip cookie and share it with your loved ones.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
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A delicious Paleo diet approved dessert that the whole family will love and is beneficial to health in so many ways.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Cups (355 g) Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup (237 g) Blanched Almond Flour
  • ¾ Cup (177 g) Coconut Sugar or Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup (59 g) Coconut Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Baking Soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Salt
  • 1 Large Egg at Room Temperature
  • 6 Tablespoons (89 ml) Coconut Oil or Any Unsalted Paleo Butter of your choice
  • 6 Tablespoons (89 g) Natural Almond Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons (7.5 ml) Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. • Ready your oven and a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. • In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking powder thoroughly. Set aside and work on other ingredients.
  3. • In a separate bowl, beat the fat and sugar until well combined. You may do this manually or use an electric or stand mixer.
  4. • Add the almond butter and vanilla to the fat and sugar mix and combine well.
  5. • Beat the egg into the butter mixture until well combined. Once done you can get the mixed flour from earlier.
  6. • Mix the wet and dry ingredients well. Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips and add the coconut or brown sugar.
  7. • Get the large cookie sheet and dump all the mixture on the sheet. Using a spatula, shape the batter into a heart (or any shape you want) and make sure the mixture is even on all sides. The cookie cake should be about ⅜ inch thick.
  8. • Bake the cookie cake for about 20 minutes, checking it with a toothpick for doneness. If the toothpick does not come out clean, pop the cookie cake back in the oven for another minute or two.
  9. • Let the cookie cake cool and decorate. Enjoy every bite of this luscious, scrumptious chocolate chip cookie cake!
Whilst others wait their turn to have their own table in crowded or fully-booked restaurants, we’re at home enjoying the night with this lovely chocolate chip cake. Even though this dessert is definitely a sweet treat it is most definitely Paleo approved. Contrary to popular belief and the assumptions of many, Paleo diet desserts are as delicious and satisfying as ordinary desserts. You simply need to follow the Paleo guidelines in order to create desserts that can be considered Paleo approved.

Paleo Diet Food

Dark chocolate always comes up whenever Paleo diet approved sweets or desserts are discussed, and it is one of the best and perhaps the healthiest types of chocolate. Dark chocolate or Paleo chocolate has more cocoa content compared to other chocolate, which gives it a more bitter taste. Paleo chocolate also has two important components: cocoa butter and cocoa solids. Cocoa butter comes from cocoa and contains high amounts of healthy unsaturated fats. Cocoa solids, on the other hand, is everything from cocoa except the fats. Just like cocoa fats, cocoa solids are healthy and contain most of the fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, and copper and zinc.

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What makes chocolate unhealthy and not Paleo approved is the sugar, dairy and other flavorings and preservatives that manufacturers dump into the chocolate. A high amount of sugar makes chocolate sweeter and more appealing especially for kids. However, sugar is not Paleo approved and is one of the causes of weight gain and the diseases that comes along with it. Dairy, such as milk, also makes commercial chocolate taste better. However, not all people appreciate dairy and some have sensitive tummies that do not agree with dairy. Emulsifiers, flavorings, and preservatives are also bad news since there are a lot of these that can become toxic for the body.

If you have a sweet tooth and can’t go without a piece of chocolate every now and then, here are some choices that you can have when on the Paleo diet.

Cacao Nibs

If you are really into healthy chocolates and you don’t mind having a little bitterness then cacao nibs might work just for you. Cacao nibs are roasted cacao beans, perhaps the rawest and most bitter type of chocolate you can find in the market. This is also the most organic type of chocolate since it only requires roasting. And since it is the rawest type, you are assured that you get the best amount of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that you can get from chocolate.

Dark Chocolate

The most common and staple type of chocolate in most diets besides Paleo, dark chocolate is known to have at least 85% pure chocolate. This gives it the distinct bitter taste compared to other types of chocolate. Dark chocolate has both cocoa solids and fats and has the smallest amount of sugar.

Paleo Food - Dark Chocolate

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

If you are into hot chocolates and other chocolate drinks, you’ll definitely appreciate unsweetened cocoa powder. This type of chocolate has no sugar and has all the goodness of chocolates. Though there is no trace of cocoa fats (because, well, it’s powder!), the cocoa solids’ in unsweetened cocoa powder make up for the health benefits.

Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

Just like unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened baking chocolate is Paleo approved because it has no sweetener and has all the nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that cocoa solids can offer. Unsweetened baking chocolate is best for cakes, pies and all baked goodies you can think of.

Take note that even though these are Paleo approved, moderation and self-control are still a must when consuming these chocolates. I know it is tempting to have more, but making desserts and having chocolate once or twice in a month will make it more exciting and satisfying than having it regularly.

This cookie was amazing. It would be extra delicious with some vanilla ice cream. It reminded me very much of the enormous Mrs. Fields cookie cakes from years past and I can definitely see crafting one of these into a birthday cake someday…

Peace, Love and Chocolate Chips!

 

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