Healthy cookies? Can it be?! I think yes…
This was my first attempt at making Paleo-friendly, gluten free cookies. They are seriously amazing! Almond meal replaces flour and coconut oil replaces the butter that you would normally find in a traditional cookie recipe. These paleo cookies were surprisingly easy to make and they were so delicious, I think I like them more than the regular old cookies.
It was seriously hard to not devour all of these little cookies in one sitting, my boyfriend Matt felt the same way. They come out with a slightly crunchy outside and a soft inside.
Do try to not to eat ALL of them on one sitting… Sure they are Paleo friendly, free of butter and sugar, and actually pretty good for you, but you’ve still got to watch your fat intake from the almond and coconut oil (nuts are to be eaten in moderation, so I’m told).
Makes 25 cookies
- 2 Cups almond meal
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Cup flaxseed meal
- 1/2 Cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/2 Cup raisins
- 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup coconut oil
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 2 Large eggs
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flax meal.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, honey, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil by hand or with a hand mixer.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Lastly, mix in 1/2 cup raisins.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Shape the cookies by hand by rolling some dough in a ball and then flattening it. The cookies will remain the same size/shape after baking. Lay them on the cookie sheet about a half an inch apart.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, until you see the cookies just start to brown.
- Let them cool for about 5 minutes, then enjoy!
Note: I ended up adding a 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal to the cookie batter as well. I have nothing against oatmeal, but some would consider it not Paleo-friendly. For that reason I left it out of the recipe above. The oatmeal helped improve the overall hearty-ness of the cookie and I recommend adding it as well, if you eat oatmeal, that is.