Primal Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies
Last weekend while Scott was off backpacking the Appalachian Trail, I hosted a small girls’ night at my house. In the spirit of paleoism (and having already planned a beach day for Monday), I set out to put together a pretty diet-friendly spread for my gals. Of course, a cheese plate may not be entirely on-plan, but I did pair it with a sweetener-free fruit spread and some apple slices to try to limit my intake of crackers! Some of the other treats I put out were these awesome paleo chicken nuggets, which I served with homemade Sriracha-ketchup, some veggies and dip, and these delicious primal cookies.
I adapted the cookie recipe from Elana’s Pantry, which is a great resource for paleo and gluten-free recipes. Her food looks so delicious you frequently wonder how its possibly made using healthy ingredient-swaps!
These little morsels were a perfect sweet treat to end a girls’ night, and a perfect little indulgence for my TV-centric lazy sunday that followed the day after!
Primal Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies (makes 3 dozen)
- 3 Cups Almond Flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt (plus more for sprinkling on top, if you’re into that sorta thing!)
- 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter (preferably grass-fed/pastured/organic)
- 3 TBSP Honey
- 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 Cup Chopped, Roasted Macadamia Nuts
Preheat oven to 350.
In a food processor, combine the almond flour, 1/2 tsp salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the butter in a few smaller chunks, and pulse until a dough forms. Place dough in a clean bowl and stir in the chocolate and macadamia nuts by hand.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and spoon 1-TBSP sized balls of dough about 1-inch apart. Gently press down each ball of dough into more of a cookie shape, as these will not spread like regular cookies. If you’d like, sprinkle a little bit of extra salt on top of the cookies before baking.
Bake for 6-8 minutes, until lightly golden on the bottoms. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before removing from the pan. This is essential, otherwise the cookies will fall apart!