Thursday, January 17, 2013

Paleo cocoa – almond butter cookies

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A few months ago, Sam and I decided to try out a new eating habit: no grains, limited sugar. It's been a trip — one I never thought I'd go on, and one that has been surprisingly easy (!) and satisfying (!!). Like, not satisfying in some sort of holier-than-thou superiority-complex asceticism, but satisfying in the sense of tasting good and being kinda fun. I know! No one's more shocked than I am.

But at the risk of boring y'all talking diets (blah blah blah) and setting myself up for ridicule if in another two months we've moved on from it as a fad, I'll just present one of the dessert recipes we've tried out recently. This is still a treat, but it's not quite so sweet, so if you're in the mood to kick your own sugar habit as a resolution, here's a good, decadent choice to start with! If you feel like you overindulged over the holidays, enjoy the subtle sweetness, rich nutty taste, and cakey texture as you tell yourself they're "health cookies." Yeah, that's it.

Paleo cocoa – almond butter cookies == Hobo Mama

This cookie is chewy, chocolately goodness, with all-natural sweeteners, and is grain-free. Mikko's favorite cookies are rich peanut butter cookies, and this is a nut (almond) butter version of the same. (Note: He will not eat this version. More for me.) These cookies taste good even if you're not into being paleo, so anyone can enjoy them (except Mikko). Plus, they're gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free so are safe for people with those sensitivities. They still contain sugars in the form of honey, but you can use less or substitute with stevia as you need to — you'll likely have to play around with the recipe somewhat, since the honey adds moisture; maybe add in some coconut oil?

(In the title I'm using the word "paleo," since this recipe is paleo-centric. Our eating isn't strictly paleo, since … it isn't. I've also heard the terms primal and primarian kicked around, as well as good ol' low-carb. These are all loosely related, and the recipes we use now fit under one or more umbrellas.)

Cocoa – almond butter cookies

Paleo cocoa – almond butter cookies == Hobo Mama

Based off Paleo almond butter cookies at Intentional Consumption with thanks


Dietary/allergy notes:

Vegetarian, vegan if maple syrup is used in place of honey, gluten-free, paleo/primal, low-glycemic.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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  3. Give your baby some random kitchen tools and water to play with. Bonus points if he's wearing his older brother's shirt as a skirt.

  4. In a medium to large bowl, start off by slightly beating the egg.

  5. Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and mix.

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  7. Note that every paleo baking recipe you've ever made starts off looking revolting.

  8. Sprinkle the dry ingredients (cocoa, almond flour, and baking soda) evenly over the top and mix those in as well.

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  10. Sample your baby's "cooking."

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  12. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil — use your fingers so the batter won't stick to them, either!

  13. Tell your baby you're almost done.

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  15. Marvel at how much your batter now looks and smells like brownie mix. Yum! Give it a taste. Add more honey if you want it sweeter. Add more almond butter if you want it richer. Add more cocoa if you want it more chocolatey. (Well, obviously!)

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  17. Roll the batter into little balls and place on the cookie sheet.

  18. Sprinkle salt onto each doughy ball.

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  20. Bake for 10 minutes.

  21. Let stand on baking sheet for 5 minutes or more to set up, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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  23. Devour.

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Makes 16-18 cookies.

They get even cakier after a couple days … if they last that long!

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desfenton said...

Wow, those look delicious!

Laura said...

I've been trying to eat primally for over a year now. Just can't seem to make it stick for more than a few days. :P I love, especially today because he is discussing co-sleeping. :) Thought it was funny seeing that topic on that blog.

Unknown said...

Thanks for joining the January Festival of Food! So I actually made these for a snack before we went to San Francisco this week (Since I had your post early and all). They were perfect! Super easy, really tasty, and yeah - you sort of eat ALL THE COOKIES!

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for gluten and dairy free stuff, because my husband is intolerant of both, and whilst I can buy really good df/gf bread and other things, cookies are hard to come buy, I can make a great gf/df cake and brownies, macaroons, pancakes etc, but cookies I have not tried. Will have to give these a whirl. They look yummy! :)

Anonymous said...

(I hope this didn't end up as a double post...)

I made these tonight and they are yummy. They were very puffy, though. I know almost nothing about baking, so I don't know if that's because of too much baking soda or too much almond flour. Any thoughts?

Lauren Wayne said...

@Laura: Ha, I have to read that article! I love that site.

Lauren Wayne said...

@Jennifer Saleem: Nice benefit for co-hosting the carnival! Yes, I can't stop chowing down. :)

Lauren Wayne said...

@edeandanna: It's strange, because when my husband made them, his turned out puffy, too. You could try reducing the baking soda or increasing the honey/maple syrup and see how it goes. The puffy ones tasted good, too, though! :)

Luschka said...

Yeah, so these do NOT work if you replace the almond butter with butter! :/ I'm going to have to see where I can find some, because I'm for a chocolate biscuit that's sort of good for you ;) Love the photos and love the child descriptions along the way!

Lauren Wayne said...

@Luschka: Aw, well, it was worth a shot! ;) You might be able to combine butter and almond meal for a similar taste, but you'd have to experiment with amounts. However, almond meal might be just as hard to come by as almond butter! For us, almond butter is next to the peanut butter at the regular grocery store, and the natural foods store has a ton of different options. I don't know how common it is elsewhere, since we just started eating it!

Luschka said...

@Lauren @ Hobo Mama Awesome. I'll have a look by the peanut butter. Almond flour is easy - I have a bag of it in the cupboard :)

Lauren Wayne said...

@Luschka: Oh, right, I should have remembered! You can make your own almond butter just by blending that almond flour or straight almonds. There, done. :)

Kristen said...

Ahh, these are making me happy!

I followed your instructions except for two things: I used cashew butter instead of almond butter, and I halved the entire recipe (yes, I split a beaten egg in half!)

I was a little worried when my batter looked drier than yours, so I added a bit more of the beaten egg that I'd reserved. In retrospect, I realized that cashew butter has less fat than almond butter--so I probably should have added some butter or oil.

Because of that, they turned out a little dry, but I love them anyhow! They're like little brownie bites. :)

Unknown said...

I subed baking powder for baking soda and added an extra tbs of cocoa.... They were very yummy, even my picky five year old loved them .

Mariana G said...

These were great! The recipe is very reliable and simple, and can be modified in a ton of ways. Use honey or maple syrup, regular cocoa powder or dark, even add some nuts to change up the texture. I've made the original recipe and I've played around with it, and as long as all the liquids to solids ratios are followed, you will get a really good cookie. Almost a cakey brownie consistency (which is most certainly not a bad thing, we love our cookies chewy). The only bad thing about these cookies is that everyone loves them and they go fast! I've made them twice this week and finally have managed to get a couple! Thanks for this, it will definitely be my go to cookie recipe from now on. I started my paleo-ish food journey a few months ago and although I no longer crave sweets the way I used to (my main reason for going paleo) I still need some treats every once in a while. Who doesn't, right? :) With recipes like this, I can provide a sweet treat for the whole family that aligns with my new perspective on nutrition. Thanks!

soul_science said...

THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! Was looking for healthy cookie and although the honey adds sugar i didnt feel nearly as guilty eating these. I love them.I think Im going to call them cocoa butter cookies :)

Lau said...

Can I use peanut butter? No almond butter where I live...

Lauren Wayne said...

@Lau: Probably. They seem similar in consistency and moisture level to me. Let us know if it works!

Just a note that you can pretty easily make your own almond butter: Buy almonds and grind them up in a blender or food processor. The end.

Erica said...

@Lauren @ Hobo Mama

I just made these, and mine are also very puffy! I did use 1/3c + 1T honey, I increased the PB by 3T or so, and I used a duck egg instead of a chicken egg. So, I'm guessing it was one of those things that caused mine to puff, but I wanted to chime in anyway!

D-Danesh said...

Wow! these sounds great. Needed to find something that wouldn't smother you with refined sugars. Plus, my husbands eats really healthy and I wanted to find something he'd enjoy without guilt. I do have a question, would regular AP flour work instead of almond flour?I don't have it readily available to me.

Lauren Wayne said...

@D-Danesh: A one-to-one substitution of regular flour wouldn't work, I don't think, because almond flour is more of almond meal than a fine flour. You could grind your own almonds to make the almond flour, or you could see if it's available online where you are. (We usually order from Amazon, but there are other options online as well.) If you do use AP flour, you'll need to experiment with the other ratios to see what works — or maybe just find a regular cookie recipe that uses wheat flour and work on substituting out the sweeteners.

D-Danesh said...

@Lauren @ Hobo Mama

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try grinding up almonds and see how it goes :)

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