Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies With Nut Butter

paleo chocolate chip cookies

These are sinfully good paleo chocolate chip cookies!
The use of a big helping of energy-rich nut butter, provides chewy moistness without the need for dairy.  And there’s no refined sugar, just sweetness provided by honey (or the healthier option of rice malt syrup if you have some).

Though cookies are never going to be the healthiest thing you can eat, these paleo ones are much better for you than traditional cookie recipes or ready-made biscuits.
Cacao nibs are chock full of antioxidants.  Nut butters contain lots of healthy fats and slow release energy.

Paleo flours are also less likely to spike your blood sugar and insulin levels than the wheat-based ones.  And of course non-gluten flours are much less inflammatory for your gut and immune system than regular flour.

If you’re ok with nuts in your diet, a scattering of peanuts or hazelnuts gives satisfying crunch and texture.  I’ve included them in the ‘optional’ part of the ingredients.
Or you could of course use crunchy nut butter in place of smooth.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Note: makes about 12 paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients

250g / 1 cup nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, hazelnut, etc)

50g / 1/2 cup almond flour / coconut flour /other GF flour

60g / 1/2 cup cacao nibs

80g / 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

4 tablespoons raw honey or organic rice malt syrup

1 organic egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Optional

50g chopped peanuts / hazelnuts

Method

1  Preheat your oven to 180ºc / 350ºF.

2  In a bowl thoroughly mix together the nut butter, egg, flour, honey/syrup, vanilla, baking powder, soda and salt.  Then stir in the nibs and chocolate chips.

3  Pop in the fridge to chill and firm up for 20 minutes.

4  Once cooled, use a tablespoon to scoop 12 balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

5  Bake your cookies for 10-12 minutes, until they’re puffed up and turning golden.

Any tweaks, improvements or feedback? please let me know in the comments below!

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