Anatomy of a Great Paleo Cookie Recipe – Nutty Cookies

Sweet or Savory?

In my ongoing search for the best Paleo cookie recipes, I’ve noticed that in general, CrossFit people seem to lean towards the naturally sweeter fruit heavy cookies, and non-CrossFitters seem to be a little more flexible on ingredients and lean towards the savory side.  I personally tend to look for a reasonable balance between savory and sweet.  I’ve realized over the years that my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes always tend to be heavy on salt.  Salt combined with semi-sweet or dark chocolate, cuts the sweetness of cane sugar normally added to non-Paleo cookie recipes.

Is Almond Butter Batter Better?

I’ve found that Paleo cookie recipes with almond butter (versus just almond flour) as an ingredient tend to have a more savory finish.  The almond butter based recipes also tend to result in a final product that is more moist, dense, and chewy. The same consistency you normally expect a fresh-baked cookie to have and not some dried out cracker-like concoction.  I suspect the natural oil in the almond butter makes this possible.

Nutty Cookies

I did find a great recipe for ‘Nutty Cookies’ (almond butter based, of course) from EverydayPaleo.com which provides a pretty good (but maybe not perfect) balance between savory and sweet:

Nutty Cookies Recipe:

2 bananas smashed

1/3 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup almond butter

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup raw walnuts

1 apple finely chopped

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to smash the bananas to baby food consistency.  Add the coconut flour, almond butter, and baking soda and mix well.  Using a hand held chopper or food processor; chop the walnuts and apples to a very fine dice.  Add the walnuts, apples, coconut milk, and cinnamon to the bowl and mix in remaining ingredients.  Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper and spoon heaping tablespoons of the cookie mix onto the parchment paper, placing an inch or two apart.  Bake for 25  minutes.  Makes approximately 20-22 cookies.

Sarah’s Nutty Cookies are fantastic.  Don’t believe me?  Go to her website and check out the comments.

-Chris