It is hard for me to resist these little beauties. Really hard. They are so so good I have to put them out of sight or else I find an excuse to grab another one. It seems I can have a little bit of dairy free chocolate in my diet, just a little, so I have to practice some major self-control when I go into the kitchen. When I eat these cookies I don’t find myself thinking about what they are missing (butter) like I do with a lot of non-dairy sweets. I do find myself delighted that something so delicious is so healthy, for a dessert item. Although they are not a health food, these cookies aren’t full of fat, processed sugar or white flour.
And I’m not the only one who likes them. These cookies even passed the “Non-Dieter” test. I pulled out my Tupperware container full of these cookies at our Mothers Day BBQ. The cookies were a hit and I got several requests for the recipe. That says a lot people! It is hard to pull off a good butter-free-chocolate-chip-cookie-like food but this one does it.
I found the basic recipe for this cookie when looking through a collection of Paleo diet recipes. If you haven’t heard of the Paleo diet, it is also known as the caveman diet. I’ve just recently learned of it and from what I understand, people on this diet try to eat as a caveman would, eating fruits, vegetables, meats and avoiding processed sugar, all grains, dairy and soy. Almond flour is used in place of regular white flour in baked goods. I’m not trying to follow a Paleo diet, just happen to almost be on it anyway with the food limitations we have, but finding a large collection of new dairy/soy free recipes has been great.
While perusing some Paleo recipes, I found a recipe for almond butter cookies in an article on “How to Have a Paleo Cheat Day.” (There are a few other good looking recipes I haven’t tried yet.) I didn’t have almond butter but I had some natural peanut butter and so I made them as Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. So if you can’t use peanut butter, try using almond butter.
PS- Usually I’m a batter person. I taste batters to check the flavors and I like the batters for cookies/cake more than the end result. This was the total opposite. I really didn’t like the batter at all. While the first batch cooked I was betting I would have to throw the whole experiment away. So glad I didn’t!!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups Almond Flour
1/2 cup peanut butter – I used a natural peanut butter that was a bit chunky or use almond butter if you don’t do peanuts
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp salt – If your peanut butter has no salt in it I would bump this up to 3/4 tsp.
2 cups Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips or other dairy/soy free chocolate chips
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Scoop out tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and bake 8-12 min at 375 degrees F.