Paleo choc chip pecan nut cookies
HAPPY NOVEMBER!!! I hope this finds you adequately excited for the upcoming festive season and the ever nearing holiday that I am sure everyone in the world has earned three times over. While everyone in sunny South Africa either makes the great trek down to the beachy destinations for Christmas and New Year, or reclines at their pool in a coast-less city for the holidays, I will be flying for like a gazillion hours over to the FREEZING city of New York! Not that I am complaining about the temperature – there will be more than enough experience, food and general awe to make up for my frost-bitten toes… of this I am sure. Exactly 6 weeks. 6 Weeks and 11 hours. And I will be on a plane! EEEEP!
Have spent HOURS agonising over what shoes I need, plug adaptors, how many layers I need to pack, travel size toiletries, where to buy a coat when we get there, where not to buy a coat when we get there, needing thermal EVERYTHING… Shooooooo. I am filled with nerves and excitement and all kinds of things as I think about it now! I am gonna have to dedicate a couple blog posts to the food when I return – I already have a 2 page list of links, names, addresses and things to find while I am there – ALL FOOD ORIENTATED. I mean, nevermind the every day gluten/sugar/everything filled variety of deliciousness, APPARENTLY the paleo options are CRAZZZYYYY. There is a paleo food truck, paleo chocolate shop, paleo pastries…. mmmmm. I am so excited.
Anyway – enough bragging right! Sorry. Me me me me.
SO, this past weekend I spent the whole of Saturday preparing some treats to post about over the next couple weeks, we have cookies, bread AND protein bars (it has taken me 5 attempts, but I have got it this time!).
This week, however, we focus on the cookies. I am a biscuit girl. Never much liked sweet stuff, but I ALWAYS loved biscuits. Could eat half a pack of Marie biscuits by myself on an ordinary Wednesday afternoon easily. This was LONG before all my stomach problems started kicking in and I realised I was allergic to wheat and sugar. Nowadays I have 1 Marie biscuit and I slip into a short sugar/wheat comatose state. It is not ideal. It is also just not worth it. I am realising more and more that even though I am anti-extremism, it is becoming less and less easy to just have a pizza, or eat Mc Donalds chips (YES I SAID the M word) without suffering afterward in an extreme sense. Although I am still not advocating extreme behaviour that is unmanageable, you need to find the balance between treating yourself to something that is worth it and won’t hurt you in the long run, and cheating on something that is going to result in 5 minutes of YUM-this-is-the-best-thing-ever and OW-mystomach-and-my-head-hurt-so-much-I-can’t-even-stand-up-straight. Know what I’m sayin’? :)
Anyhooo, my point was, IS, that I love cookies and snacky things just as much as the next guy – so making some that aren’t gonna stuff up your tum seemed like a gooooooood plan!
And so – we have the paleo (for those who count coconut sugar and dark choc as paleo – let’s not delve into a roaring debate about this today…) choc-chip pecan nut cookies!
On a side note – the first batch of mine I didn’t bake for long enough and they are a bit soft and crumbly, so I have crumbled them up completely and eaten them in coconut milk (Light) with fruit as a cereal, and it’s pretty delicious :)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or avocado oil, or flaxseed oil)
- 2/3 cups coconut sugar (or maple sugar)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup pecan nuts (or walnuts, almonds, hazlenuts)
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate (1 70% Lindt bar roughly chopped)
- 1 tbs coconut flour
- Preheat the oven to 180°
- Beat the butter, sugar and egg
- Add vanilla
- Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth
- Fold in the nuts and chocolate
- Freeze / refrigerate dough for 20 minutes
- Roll small balls of dough (roughly 2cm in diameter) and place on a lined cookie sheet about 4cm apart
- Bake for 10 minutes
- Allow to cool before removing from the baking sheet