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Sep 05

Virtuous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now these are some authentic tasting chocolate chip cookies that you don’t have to feel guilty about.  Indulge in 1 or 2, and then freeze the rest in freezer bags.  They’re great frozen and they thaw within 5-10 minutes on the counter top.

Now you can’t say, “Well I wanted a treat but I didn’t have anything in the house so I drove through the DQ window and got a blizzard.”  For the record this is an old quote from my hubby…however, we’ve all been there!

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Virtuous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Trader Joe’s Almond Meal (or 4.5 cups of almond flour)

  • 9 T. coconut oil (slightly melted)

  • 4 T. raw honey (buy local which is less processed; I purchase at my local farmer’s market)

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1.5 T pure vanilla (use the real stuff, not imitation)

  • 4 pinches of pink Himalayan sea salt

  • Chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (amount to taste; make sure it’s dairy & gluten free)

Instructions:

  • Stir all ingredients together (except chocolate) until dough is uniform.

  • Then stir in chocolate until evenly distributed.

  • Roll into small balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.

  • Slightly press ball down with the back of fork tines.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Watch carefully as oven temperatures can vary and almond meal can burn in an instant; as well, the ball size may vary and require slightly less or more baking time.

  • Remove baking sheet from oven when they just start to look golden and let sit for 10 minutes.  Move to plate or drying rack to finish cooling.

  • Yields approximately 30 generous sized cookies.

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Notes & Tips:

*Don’t be put off by the use of coconut oil.  It is a great replacement for butter in baked goods.  Based on my experience, once baked into a recipe, it will not have a coconut flavor.  However, if you eat it straight out of the jar (guilty!), it will have a coconut essence flavor.  Some brands are more coconut flavored than others.  I like Trader Joe’s and Spectrum Organics brands.  Make sure you buy unrefined because it is less processed.  According to Dr. Oz and other experts coconut oil has super power properties.  Check out this short clip from the Dr. Oz show where he demonstrates the 3 most powerful benefits of coconut oil (weight, skin conditions & ulcers).

*With 1/2 the dough I mixed in the chocolate chips before rolling the balls and baking.  With the other 1/2 of the dough I par-baked the rolled balls without the chocolate mixed in and placed 5 chocolate chips on top about 2/3 through the baking process.  Both taste great but have different textures.  Do you like your chocolate on top or mixed in?  It’s up to you!!!

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  1. Jason

    This is Jen’s hubby and I just had two of these cookies as the start of my lunch. May end with them as well. Yum-yum.

    1. Jen

      Thanks babe! Glad to hear they aren’t getting frostbit in the freezer…hehe!

  2. Diane

    CONGRADS ON YOUR FAST…..DONT THINK I COULD DO THAT……..MAYBE ONE DAY !!!!!!

    1. Jen

      Thanks Diane! We’re finishing Day 2 and going strong!

  3. kaity @ kaityscooking

    these do look great ! i never tried honey i def gotta though !

    1. Jen

      Thank you! Sometimes when I use maple syrup with delicate-type baked goods (ie: cookies) I find they don’t set well (but still taste amazing!). I reserve maple syrup for heartier baked goods (bars, banana bread). Have you found this in your experience?

  4. Carol Ann

    Yum, they look amazing. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Trader Joe’s around me but sounds like a road trip is in my future!!

    1. Jen

      You could try using a different brand of almond meal/flour but be careful ~ I’ve heard that different brands react differently in baked goods (i.e.: some require more liquid or less). Thanks for reading my blog!

  5. Loretta

    Wish I could find sugar free chocolate chips, free of chemicals 🙂

    1. Jen

      Hi Loretta! Try using Baker’s 100% Unsweetened Chocolate ~ chop it up in a baggie with a mallet. There is absolutely nothing else in there! I use this when I’m baking for myself! Hope that tip helps! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Dov Shapira

    Yummy and healthy? Sounds good to me 🙂

    1. Jen

      Thanks Dov! Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie?!!!

  7. Betsy Charlesworth

    These look amazing, can’t wait to try them. Thanks so much for posting.

    1. Jen

      Thanks Betsy! Enjoy! Thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

  8. Ronae Jull

    Oh this sounds delicious! And I LOVE the use of coconut oil:-)

  9. Tina

    There is one things with “eat one or two and freeze the rest”…who can eat ONLY 1 or 2??? These are amazing!!

  10. Heather Petersen

    I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. I love all of your healthy recipes. I love coconut oil.

    1. Jen

      Thanks Heather! I love coconut oil too! I don’t know how I lived without it until a few years ago! Enjoy! Thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

  11. Rob

    I printed this for my 8 year old who loves to cook/bake!

    1. Jen

      Thanks Rob ~ hope your little one loves them!

  12. todd

    Looks good. I do love butter though.

    1. Jen

      Hi Todd! If you prefer butter make sure to use organic whole butter and not the chemical sh*t storm kind. I personally can’t handle dairy at all. Coconut oil is a great butter replacer. Thanks!

  13. Robin

    Oh, oh, oh, love me some chocolate chip cookies! haha 🙂 I’ve gotta try these for sure. And the note from your hubby was awfully cute 😉

  14. Je'Maria Ware

    I really want to go make these now. I use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt & Coconut Oil in my soaps and bath teas. I use Coconut Oil to cook and bake with all the time but I’ve never thought about using the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Wow can’t wait. Yummy!

    1. Jen

      Thanks for your feedback Je’Maria! Your products sound amazing! Enjoy the cookies! 🙂

  15. James Ward

    oh how I love cookies! GF all the way

    1. Jen

      Hope you enjoy them, James! 🙂

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