Cookies are one of my favorite things to make. And eat. Of course, since going gluten-free and figuring out that I have candida, the only options for me now are healthy cookies, and grain-free cookies and sugar-free cookies are even better.
We've been trying to limit our intake of sweets in general around here, but I still take joy making healthy delicious treats for my family and friends.
And these Chocolate Chunk Coconut Macadamia cookies are a fabulous addition to my Healthy Recipe Repertoire. Some of our favorite cookies are – Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Soft Pumpkin Cookies, and while they aren't really cookies, we love these Almond Joy Bars and Coconut Delights.
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lot of controversy on the internet now about eating grains.
Some of the different recommendations regarding grains include:
- eating no grains
- eating only whole grains
- eating grains, but soaking all grains before eating them
- eating only non-gluten grains
Now, I can't say that I've sorted all of this out, but in order to watch our carb intake, I've been making more grain-free goodies these days.
Whether you are on a whole grains, no grains, or gluten-free diet, these wonderful cookies are a great treat for you all year round, but especially for the Christmas Holiday season when all kinds of white flour and sugar-laden treats will be calling your name.
Now you can make some delicious baked goods and feel good about offering them to your family and friends.
I saw these cookies on Civilized Caveman and they looked so good that I just had to try a few substitutions (for the eggs and the sweetener) to see if I could make them work for my family. And voila – they were great! He's got some amazing recipes over there.
This is the first time that I have tried a recipe from this site before, and I must say that it is worth checking out. I wasn't grain free when I first saw this recipe, but since I have gone grain free, this is a site that will certainly prove to be quite valuable. Grain free or not, give it a look – it's not often that I do so few alterations to a recipe. This one was great from the get go.
Chocolate Chunk Coconut Macadamia Cookies (grain and dairy free with egg & sugar free options)
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut oil (palm shortening or butter may be substituted)
1/2 cup healthy sweetener (if using honey or similar liquid sweetener, use 1/2 cup. If substituting a granulated sweetener, see my post on Substituting Sweeteners) (If desired, add 1-2 scoops (each scoop is 1/32 of a tsp!) stevia or a bit more sweetener to taste.)
1-4 eggs to make the dough the right consistency (or equivalent substitute – See my Homemade Egg Substitute. Use Gelatin Egg for AIP)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt (I recommend Real Salt)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped (or use whatever nut or seed you can have – omit for AIP)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup chocolate chips or chunks (I used my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips with SF option)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix the coconut oil, sweetener, eggs (or substitute) and vanilla with a mixer or in a food processor. If it's cold in your home (like it is in mine in the winter :-)), you may find it helpful to melt your coconut oil before doing this step.**
3. Add coconut flour and mix well.
4. Add coconut, macadamia nuts and chocolate chunks / chips. Stir gently to combine.
5. Scoop cookies onto baking stone or parchment lined cookie sheet. They won't spread or rise so you can place them close together and bake a whole bunch of them at once. I use a cookie scoop to make mine a nice, uniform shape :-).
6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, until nice golden brown.
7. Let cool and enjoy!
These cookies, while not low calorie, are really filling, so you'll find yourself naturally eating fewer (I think :-)).
Make additional variations by substituting nuts for the chocolate chunks. A nice combo would be cranberries and pecans, for example. Just use whatever you have available!
Note that the egg amount varies from 1-4. Even though it's doing things in reverse order, you might wish to add the coconut flour first and then the eggs, one at a time, to see how many you really need for this recipe.
More delicious, healthy treats (most all are grain free):
- Almond Joy Bars (allergy & sugar free options)
- Almond Truffles (with allergy & sugar free options)
- Soft Pumpkin Cookies (allergy & sugar free options – these have grains, but they're good!)
- Silky Smooth Bean Fudge
Have you been trying to eat fewer carbs recently?
Do you have a favorite cookie from your childhood?