Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies

Over the last couple of months, I have become obsessed with this DIY paleo flour blend. Not only is it way cheaper to make your own blend, but it also took all of the guesswork out for me because when it comes to using coconut flour, I literally fail every. single. time. But with this blend I have created a birthday cake/cupcakes as well as some cookie recipes. They may, or may not, all make it on the blog! This recipe is a huge hit with my entire family (parents included). I was inspired to create these cookies after trying Simple Mills Double Chocolate Cookies – if you read my March Favorites blog post, you already know my love for this company. They use minimal ingredients…and ingredients I feel good about letting Willow eat – no gums, additives, “natural” flavors, or refined sugar.

RECIPE: Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies

Now, the texture isn’t as crispy as Simple Mills (I didn’t use or have konjac root) and they aren’t flat, but I’m really excited about how well they turned out! A slightly crispy exterior, soft center (I very much dislike the word moist, but I’ll say it), and they melt in your mouth. They’re like little buttery orbs of deliciousness! I made these with my little chocoholic in mind and she loves them so much…in fact, she’d be content with eating the dough! I plan to make them using carob instead of cacao and when i do, I’ll update this post with the outcome.

*UPDATE – the carob trial was fantastic! Instead of the two tablespoons of cacao powder, I used one tablespoon of carob. And I paired it with 2 TBSP tahini + 1 TBSP coconut oil. I gotta say, I think this is my new favorite way to make them!*

I have made these countless times and with different variations: using almond butter instead of coconut oil, leaving out the chocolate chips, adding flax egg, flattening them before baking, and a few other ways. The recipe, as it’s written below, is my family’s favorite version.

The trials I ran using a flax egg required an additional 2 tablespoons of paleo flour blend and the outcome was more of a brownie-like cookie and not at all crispy. I’ll have instructions below for this variation.

Here’s a photo of a batch using flax egg:

RECIPE: Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies

GRAIN-FREE CHOCOLATE COOKIES: {soy-free, gluten-free dairy-free, vegan, paleo, oil-free option}

Makes 8-10 small cookies

Brownie-like variation will make 12-14 small cookies

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP paleo flour blend*
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons tigernut flour
  • 2 Tablespoons organic cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • 3 Tablespoons softened (not melted) coconut oil or creamy almond butter*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons organic, fair trade chocolate chips (optional)

* I know Bob’s Red Mill has a paleo flour blend, but I have not tried it – so cannot verify the outcome. Before measuring your flour, please shake it really well to mix up the flours and DO NOT scoop it out with a measuring cup, but rather spoon the flour into a measuring cup so that the flour doesn’t get overly packed in.

*Please DO NOT use melted coconut oil! Keep it in a softened, solid state. Use coconut oil for a crispier cookie and almond butter for a softer cookie. Both are equally delicious! I’ve even used a combo of both in a few batches…including the batch in these photos.

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, stir in the coconut oil (or almond butter), and vanilla (if using). Mix until creamed together and the dough sticks together. I use my hands to really incorporate the ingredients. You’ll be tempted to add in extra oil or butter – trust me, don’t do it 🙂 Next, stir in the chocolate chips, if using.
  3. Roll the dough into small balls, leave about one inch of space between the cookies, do not overcrowd them and bake for 12-18 minutes. My oven requires longer baking times, which is why there is a wide baking time frame. Once they start cracking on the top, it is time to remove them. If you are looking for a crispier cookie, increase the baking time by 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully transferring them to a cooling rack. I recommend letting them cool completely before eating. If you try to eat them right as they’re done, you’ll have a crumbly mess!
  5. Enjoy with a glass of nut milk, coffee, or tea.
  6. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

**VARIATION: for a brownie-like cookie add 2 extra tablespoons of the paleo flour blend (making a total of 1/4 cup + 4 TBSP) and when incorporating the wet ingredients, add in one flax egg (1 TBSP ground flax + 3 TBSP water…allow the flax egg to set for at least five minutes before adding the dough). These will spread out a bit while baking, unlike the original recipe – so spacing is important.

RECIPE: Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies

RECIPE: Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies

RECIPE: Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies

If you make these, please come back and let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by!

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

Hello, friends! It’s been a LONG time, but I’m back and I owe you some recipes! I’d love to hear how you’re all doing, so leave me a comment below telling me a bit about your summer so far! I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of July…the days are flying by.

Is this really my first pancake recipe for the blog?! Pancakes are like a staple in our house at least once a week and I’ve always used recipes from my favorite bloggers and cookbooks…I thought it was about time to try creating my own! In my head, I had a list of ingredients that I wanted to include and some that I wanted to leave out – and after what felt like a gazillion trials, I finally achieved the texture and flavor I was looking for. I wanted a pancake packed with wholesome ingredients and awesome nutritional value, but still tasted really good. Sounds obvious, but let’s just say some of my trials were awful, for example, mushy center (gag me), overwhelming flavor (and not in a good way), and dry, but this recipe is a huge hit in our house!

These pancakes are a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, and healthy fats so you can feel good about making them for your kiddos!

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

OIL-FREE PROTEIN PANCAKES

Makes 7-10 pancakes (depending on how big you make them)

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour*
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (I use homemade almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*I recommend either King Arthur almond flour or Honeyville.

**Optional add-ins: mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, blueberries. I don’t think I have to tell you what we added in 😉

How to:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, breaking up any clumps from the almond flour.
  2. Next, in a separate bowl (or I use a liquid measuring cup), stir together the wet ingredients. Once well combined, add this to your dry ingredient bowl and stir until just combined – be careful not to over mix the batter.
  3. Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. At this time, begin preheating your pan. I recommend keeping the heat setting at a low-medium level (notch 4 on an electric stove).
  4. Depending on the pan you’re using, you may or may not need to use a bit of coconut oil or cooking spray. After 15 minutes has passed, add a bit of oil to your pan (if needed) and pour in about a 1/4 cup worth of batter. When the edges start to look a little dry (approximately 2-3 minutes), flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Again, this will all depend on the pan you’re using and stove.
  5. Top with pure maple syrup, maple cream, fresh fruit, or nut butter and ENJOY!

*I used both a cast iron skillet and a ceramic pan – both produced fluffy pancakes, but the cast iron ones had a slight crispy exterior due to having to use a bit more coconut oil to prevent sticking…they also turned out a little darker in the cast iron skillet.

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

RECIPE: Oil-Free Protein Pancakes

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

Thanks for stopping by!