World’s Easiest Paleo Cookies

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I have to admit I am not much of a baker. I think that’s because I really do not have a sweet tooth, I’m not into cakes and pies and all that sweet stuff. My sweet Grandma Lorraine used to say, “who needs all that icing anyway” and I have to agree with her. However, with being pregnant, I suddenly have been craving sweets! I seriously could live on dark chocolate and organic vanilla bean ice cream right now. I heard that means it’s a girl, but since we aren’t finding out the gender, I guess I will have to wait and see!

I love simple clean ingredients and something that isn’t going to take all afternoon to make. So when I discovered this recipe by Elizabeth Barbone for the World’s Easiest Paleo Cookies in her new cookbook World’s Easiest Paleo Baking, and realized from start to finish it took less than 20 minutes to make these cookies, I knew I had to try them! The title is correct, with only 4 ingredients, these were so simple to make, especially for a non-baker like me, seriously it was SO easy! Not to mention, very delicious. I love that you can taste a hint of the maple syrup! 🙂

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Mix together the Almond Flour and Baking Powder.

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Add in the Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract and stir together to form a sticky dough.

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Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. For crisp cookies, press down the dough lightly with the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup. I personally wanted soft cookies, so I didn’t press down the dough.

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Bake until edges are golden brown, about 12 minutes and enjoy!

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Don’t they look heavenly. These were soft and moist, but had a nice golden brown outer layer.

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World’s Easiest Paleo Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes per pan
Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups finely ground almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder, homemade (see recipe below) or grain-free store-bought

1/3 cup dark maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the almond flour and baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until a sticky dough holds together.
  • Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. For crisp cookies, press down the dough lightly with the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup. (If the glass sticks to the dough, lightly wet bottom of the glass.) For softer cookies, don’t press down the dough.
  • Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Allow the baking sheet to cool, and repeat with the remaining dough.

 

Grain-Free Baking Powder
Most commercial baking powders contain a grain-based starch. Thankfully it’s easy to make your own!

Active Time: 2 minutes
Yield: about 6 tablespoons

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cream of tartar

2 tablespoons baking soda

1 teaspoon tapioca starch

Directions:

  • Whisk the cream of tartar, baking soda, and tapioca starch together in a small bowl.
  • Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

 

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Avocado Brownies

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I love avocados, there are so many ways to eat them, and all around I think they are just an awesome fruit. They have such amazing color inside and instead of removing a million seeds like some other fruits, it only has one big seed. Easy peasy seed removal at its finest. Plus avocados are packed with potassium, protein, and antioxidants. So…do they really taste good in brownies? Absolutely!

Now here’s the thing, the big butt gods blessed me with only a small, and I mean very small, sweet tooth. I’ve just never had big cravings for sugar and sweet things. However, I do have a weakness for chocolate. Especially real, dark chocolate. So every now and again, I really crave me some chocolate. When I heard you could make brownies out of avocados I knew it was something I had to try. And I am pleased to say these were so satisfying when I was craving some sweets, plus they were quick and easy to make – a big plus in my book!

One more thing, after I made these, I walked into our office where my husband was editing some pictures (he’s an amazing photographer by the way), and he took one look at me and started literally LOLing! He said go look in the mirror. So I did. And I had a little bit a ton of brownie batter all over my face. Busted…I licked the bowl, I see no harm in that 🙂

 

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Pre-heat your over to 350°, remove the seeds from your avocados and scoop into a food processor. Blend until smooth, and I mean smooth – you don’t want chunky brownies!

 

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Meanwhile melt your chocolate chips and coconut oil and pour into a bowl. Then add your blended avocados along with your remaining ingredients into the bowl and mix on low until smooth.

 

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Grease your baking dish with coconut oil, and then pour in your brownie batter.

 

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Bake in the oven on 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

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Cut and enjoy. I especially love these warm and gooey, right when they come out of the oven. My mouth is watering just thinking about how tasty these were. See healthy food can be savoring! These brownies did not come from a box, contained no chemicals, were super easy to make, and are filled with potassium and protein. Next time you make your kids brownies, give these a try and see if they complain. Just don’t forget to let them lick the bowl….if you don’t get to it first 😉

 

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Ingredients:

5 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

3 Avocados

1/4 cup Honey

3 Eggs

1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 Tbsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp Coconut Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Slice the avocados in half, remove the seeds and put them into a food processor
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil to a liquid
  5. Mix all ingredients together into bowl and mix until smooth
  6. Grease 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil
  7. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean