Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chewy, Chocolate-y, Egg-Free, Grain-Free Cookies!

We love chocolate chip cookies at our house. I think my kids would eat just about anything with chocolate chips in them. I love testing out new recipes for chocolate chip cookies, especially healthier versions and recipes without eggs (for me). This one is by far the best one I’ve tried! It’s gluten-free, but full of flavor and lots of chocolate. You could easily make this recipe dairy free by using avocado or coconut oil instead of butter, and dairy-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life brand. The cookies in my photos use Ghiradelli chips, which are quite large and flat, and they stay pretty gooey even after they have cooled.

When I’ve made almond flour cookies in the past, they were just okay. The texture wasn’t crispy or chewy – just somewhere in between, and the flavor faded after a day. These cookies use coconut sugar which is my absolutely FAVORITE sweetener. It has a caramel like flavor and crispy texture, which means it adds so much to recipes without overwhelming sweetness. Not only does it work great in baked goods, but also in coffee!

Use a good quality almond flour like this one here.

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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

1.5 cups Blanched Almond Flour

1/2 cup Arrowroot Starch

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup coconut palm sugar

1/4 unsalted butter, softened (sub coconut or avocado oil for dairy free)

1-2 Tbs water

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Combine almond flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda, salt and coconut sugar in a medium sized bowl. Add butter and stir with a spatula until well combined. Gradually add water 1 tablespoon at a time, using just enough for the dough to hold together. Stir in chocolate chips.  Using your hands, roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into balls and flatten slightly onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.

These cookies have the best texture within 24 hours at room temperature, or they can be frozen for longer.

 

 

 

Top 5 Budget Foods For Clean Eating

The list of clean eating foods seems to be endless, and we are constantly encountering news that a new expensive super food is a essential for good health.  It’s easy to feel discouraged when we see the price tag on these new exotic products, but don’t be fooled – there are plenty of inexpensive, nutritious foods that are most likely grown locally and are much less expensive per pound than goji berries or wild-caught salmon filets. Below are my top 5 inexpensive staples that we always keep stocked in our kitchen. I’ll buy with more expensive options when they are on sale, in season and when our budget allows.

  1. Organic Carrots.  Carrots are ridiculously inexpensive. You can find a 5 lb bag of organic carrots for around $3-$4 and they will last a long time in your fridge. Carrots are so versatile, they pretty much can be added to any cooked dish, baked good, or eaten raw, juiced or blended in a smoothie. I’ll cut several up into sticks to put in my daughter’s lunch or we will eat them with hummus. I’ll leave several whole in the fridge to use for recipes. I don’t even peel them any more, so they are quick to prepare.
  2. Chicken Thighs.  I regret all those years I spent only buying boneless, skinless chicken breast! If you have not branched out into other parts of the chicken, you really need to get out of that rut. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are so flavorful, nutritious, and tender. They are fast and easy to cook and rarely dry out. I love simmering them on the stove in a sweet & tangy sauce or tossing them in the slow cooker. I also like the bone-in, skin on version to roast in the winter time until the skin is crispy. Chicken prices range depending on the quality and health of the bird, but stores will typically have good prices on value packs of thighs.
  3. Cabbage. You can buy heads of cabbage for pennies in March, but it also is pretty inexpensive throught the year and can be used for a variety of dishes. My favorites include slicing and sauteeing to use instead of spaghetti and making cole slaw. If you aren’t a fan of cabbage, try placing slices on a baking sheet, drizzling with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasting. Most cabbage haters I know are surprised how tasty and simple roasted cabbage
  4. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are usually less than $1 per pound and can be used so many different ways! They can be baked and filled with all kinds of things like taco meat, shredded pork or sloppy joe filling. We make home fries, baked fries and roast them with other veggies or boil and mash them. My husband’s favorite method is to wrap them in foil, and put them on the charcoal grill for several hours after we’ve finished cooking our dinner . This results in a sweet, smoky flavor!
  5. Canned Fish. You may not be a seafood fan, and that’s a shame because canned fish is so delicious, easy, and cheap! I like to keep wild-caught tuna, salmon, and sardines in the pantry for lunches and that takes care of my Omega-3’s. I like to mix tuna and salmon with mayo and chopped celery. The sardines come packed in olive oil and are delicious on their own or sprinkled with lemon juice and capers. You can even make dinner by frying up some salmon or tuna cakes. Just add some fresh flavors like jalepenos or lemon juice to liven them up.

There were several foods I thought of for this list, but that’s my top 5 ingredients because of their versatility and value. What are your favorite budget foods? I love to read about them in the comments!

20 Slow-Cooker Freezer Meal Recipes

We all have those crazy busy weeks, where there’s little time to shop or cook, but you seriously cannot go through the drive-thru again! Or maybe you are just really committed to eating whole foods, but you know it just ain’t gonna happen this week unless everyone is willing to eat raw carrots for dinner. Or heck, maybe you just don’t want to cook dinner and you have other things to do with your precious time!

What if I told you that you could prepare for those weeks ahead of time, so that you could just pull something out of the freezer, dump it in the slow-cooker and forget about it until dinner time? That would be a great solution, right?

I’m so excited to share this book with you. It’s the Make-Ahead Miracle – 20 recipes with instructions to make ALL of them in just 2 hours. Having all of these meals in your freezer is going to save you so much time and money on those busy weeks.

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The recipes are SO GOOD and there is so much variety. It would take forever to look up this many different recipes on Pinterest and put them together in one day all by yourself. There are dishes like Italian Short Ribs, Kahlua Pork, Potlicker Soup, Jerk Chicken… they are seriously delicious, healthy, and kid-approved!

Do yourself a favor and order this book. I know you’ll love these recipes so much, you’ll use it 2-3 times every year.

You can get your copy here.

And if you want to have even more help with meal planning, you can get the meal plans that I personally use here.