Favorite Recipes: Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

All kinds of YUM!!!

It is no surprise to anyone who knows me [at all], that I LOVE my chocolate chip cookies. Like, really, I LOVE them. If I was ever forced to only eat 1 thing for the rest of my life, NO DOUBT it would be good ole fashioned choc. chip cookies! Truthfully (hubby tell 'em), I would never get sick of them!

As you might have guessed, this is one of my greatest barriers when it comes to my clean eating lifestyle. Cookies have been a staple food group from the moment I was taught how to bake (practically from the womb in my family). It is my first choice dessert (always), comfort food and favorite snack.

When I graduated college and stopped competitive running, all those delicious homemade (yep I'm a cookie snob too) finally caught up to me... you could imagine my absolute heart break that something had to give. I'll be darned if I had to completely surrender my cookies. I decided there must be a way I can have my cookie and eat it to-- So I searched for months, attempted and failed with loads of recipes. Then, I found the ONE. My heart did a pitter-patter when I ate my first bite. Even my Superman approves! It is my all time fav recipe (maybe even over my regular recipe!). Now I'm sharing it with you! (You're welcome!)

Without further ado, here is the 21 Day Fix approved Fixate Cookbook  version by trainer Autumn Calabrese:

Chocolate Chip Cookies:
(Counts as 1 1/2 Yellow Containers; Serves 26, Prep time 20 min, Cook time: 16 min)

3 Cups Almond Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda (gluten free)
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup extra-virgine organic coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey) (I prefer syrup)
1 large egg
2 large egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat Oven to 375 F
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, then set aside.
3. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, mix well. Set aside.
4. Beat oil and maple syrup in a large mixer bowl until creamy, (approx. 4-5 minutes).
5. Add egg, egg whites, and extract; beat for an additional 2 minutes.
6. Add almond flour mixture to egg mixture, mix until blended.
7. Add Chocolate Chips; mix until just blended.
8. Drop by rounded Tbsp. onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten cookies with a spatula if traditional cookie appearance is desired. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Store in an airtight container.
10. Devour accordingly :)

- You can make your own almond flour by processioning 1 cup slivered almonds in a food processor (or blender with a strong motor). Make sure that you pulse in 20-second intervals to prevent the almonds from turning into almond butter. 1 Cup of silvered almonds yields approximately 1 cup of almond flour.

I hope this recipe satisfies your cookie monster personality as it does mine :)

xx Court

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