Paleo Honey Sweetened Almond-y Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
I love a good baking recipe that has no added sugars and doesn’t taste too healthy 😉 . When someone takes a bite and then says ‘this must be healthy’ it’s the kiss of death! The best is when you’re throwing back your third one and only then are you surprised that there might be some healthy-ish, nutritional value in there.
There are many options for sweetening when you are kicking the sugar habit. There’s stevia, maple syrup, dried fruit, and the list goes on and on. I’ve tried them all and I’ve circled back to honey. Not only does honey taste amazing, it’s mind blowing to think about the natural process that it is created. Let’s thank the millions of flowers with nectar, as well as the thousands of bees turning it into sweet, decadent, rich and aromatic honey. There are dozens of beliefs around the health benefits of consuming small amounts of honey. Some have been passed down for generations through old cultures. The one I’ve heard the most often is that honey helps boost the immune system and helps you out when you’re sick. Another fun one to think about is that honey can be mood lifting and an aphrodisiac!
Let’s talk about eating this cookie. These babies have great cookie attributes. They are moist and chewy on the outside with a little crispiness on the outside. I love the nutty, sweet, plus decadent, dark chocolatey taste – yum! The recipe is adapted from Healthy Food for Living. Lauren’s recipe is the best! I only made a couple of very minor adjustments to her recipe in the one I’m sharing with you today. Although I did like the end result following Healthy Food for Living’s recipe exactly, I found when Lauren adds almond extract on top of the already almond flavor of almond flour, the cookies tasted too much like eating straight marzipan. This was easy to fix. In my version I use vanilla instead of the almond extract. Additionally, I love salty, sweet treats. If you love salty as much as I do, use a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. If you like a more traditional chocolate chip cookie, go with 1/4 teaspoon.
More things I love about these cookies –
No white flours or dairy so my gluten-free and Paleo friends can enjoy them too! Note: I do not advocate either Paleo or gluten-free diets. I believe in inclusiveness and balance…in everything! I realize, however, some folks have personal food restrictions. For my Kurbo tracking friends the next question is what color should track these cookies? Sorry to report, although healthier than a traditional chocolate chip cookie, they are still a red light. The coconut oil and the chocolate raise the caloric density, keeping them in the red category. If I had my druthers, I’d create orange light foods that are nutritionally better for you but still require limiting portions. Paleo Honey Sweetened Almond-y Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies would be an orange light for sure!
Lastly, this recipe is so easy and fast. I literally can make them in about 20 minutes! You melt coconut oil, warm honey, whisk wet ingredients, stir dry ingredients, combine and spoon out. They bake in 10 minutes.
Warnings: The ingredients for these cookies are pricey. Almond flour is one of the most expensive flours out there. A good raw, local honey is not cheap either. The recipe only makes about a dozen regular sized cookies so if you want a normal sized batch, double the recipe. The batter is really good too and there is no raw egg in it so it’s easy to eat too much dough. Lastly, set a timer and keep an eye on them as they get crispy quick.
Give these babies a try. They are healthy-ish, so yummy, and a snap to make. Do you like honey? What are some legends you’ve heard about honey? Share in the comments or send me a note. I love hearing!
- 2 cups super fine blanched almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- just under ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons melted coconut oil (best to melt it before measuring)
- ¼ cup honey (easier to pour and measure if heated)
- ½ teaspoon pure Vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons water
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a medium sized bowl combine the dry ingredients - almond flour, salt and baking soda - with a whisk or fork, breaking up any chunks in the almond flour
- In a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, and water
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry
- Stir together with a rubber spatula and scrape sides until all is moistened
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Scoop out balls about 1 inch in diameter
- Flatten down into cookie shape with fingers
- Bake about 10 minutes
- Check on cookies every minute after 8 minutes to prevent burning
Pretending to be a bee-keeper with my honey:
I love sharing personal tidbits with you friends. Some of you may be all business and here just for the recipes so I decided to plug in the extras at the end of posts from now on. If you are a busy bee, read no further. If you have time to buzz around and linger, let me share about our special time! Bob and I are recognizing our 20th year of being married this month Wow! 20 years, that’s a very long time. June 14th is our anniversary. 20 years ago we couldn’t have anticipated that we’d have 2 birthdays in the family, endless end of school activities, graduations and commitments to work around to acknowledge our anniversary. Many years we just didn’t. But 20 is a big one so we decided to sneak off early just the two of us and had a short weekend get away in Carmel Valley. I’d heard about the quaint ranch where we stayed for years. As much as we love the town of Carmel and the beachside there, we’d never ventured inland to the valley. Oh my, it was so beautiful. So much land, rolling hills, fresh lavender, vineyards, and a very cool and laid back vibe. There was even an organic garden with flowers and veggies to stroll around through. We came back so relaxed. It was just what we needed. We’ve had our marital ups and downs and twists and turns through the years, notably around year 10 or 11? This month I feel utterly blessed to be partners with my best friend and, quite honestly, to still enjoy spending time together!