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The Chocolate Chip Cookie That Won’t Break Your Diet

healthier chocolate chip cookieIf there was such a thing as a healthier chocolate chip cookie, this would be it. Wait, let me rephrase that…. I should say if there was such a thing as a healthier chocolate chip cookie that tastes like a real chocolate chip cookie, THIS is it.

I’ve been so overwhelmed with the holidays this year and life in general (read: two two year olds) I wasn’t planning on posting this week. But I made these chocolate chip cookies the other night to freeze for Christmas and I wished I had more of the ingredients and TIME to make and gift them to everyone I know. It felt like a sin not to share the discovery of a truly delicious and healthier chocolate chip cookie.

So, I know it’s not homemade cookies in a tin, but this year the recipe will have to do. Like I say every year… I’m going to have it more together next Christmas….

Chocolate Chip Cookies for Everyone!

Really though, this chocolate chip cookie will blow your mind… and not just because it’s a total indulgence. It’s that too. But it will blow your mind because of what it is not.

The only thing this healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe has in common with it’s chocolate chip cookie recipe relatives is the chips. You won’t find any of the other standard, expected chocolate chip cookie recipe ingredients here.

No flour.

No refined sugar.

No eggs.

That’s right, say “See ya, salmonella!” And grab a spoon…

Dig in! Lick the spoon… the bowl. No salmonella risk here and, just as important, these won’t give you a sugar hangover either.

healthier chocolate chip cookie

A Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie?

This recipe uses upgraded ingredients with more nutrients: almond flour instead of refined grains, honey in place of white sugar, coconut oil over butter or vegetable oil, and dark chocolate chips.

Too much sugar and refined grains drain your body of essential nutrients and zap your energy. I know, not exactly what you want to hear the week before Christmas….

But what I’m telling you is, there is a better way. And you don’t have to sacrifice indulgence to have a better-for-you treat. No joke, these cookies are AWESOME!

I found this recipe from Running to the Kitchen like I find all of the many chocolate chip cookie recipes that fill my Pinterest board in my eternal search for the perfect cookie.

Of all of them though, I think this one takes it. What seals the deal for me is the no-egg part. Cookie dough lovers everywhere, rejoice!

healthier chocolate chip cookie

Chocolate Chip Christmas

If you make these to share (or not share) over the holidays… whether you bake them, or make them solely for the dough… I hope you indulge, relax and enjoy!

And if you’re looking for more sweet treats that happen to be a little bit healthier too, like this one, or these… be sure to check out the recipe section of my website to find more goodies that won’t completely derail all of your efforts from the rest of the year.

I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and joy-filled holiday. See you in the new year!

healthier chocolate chip cookie

A Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie

adapted from Running to the Kitchen

2 cups almond meal or flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 tbsp melted coconut oil
4 tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla extract 
2 tbsp almond milk
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine dry ingredients (almond flour, salt, baking soda) in a medium bowl.

Whisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl (coconut oil, honey, vanilla, almond milk).

Fill a tablespoon measure with batter and press down to form a half-circle. Tap batter out onto baking sheet and lightly press down in the center.

Bake 10-11 minutes until bottoms just start to turn born.

Remove from oven and let cool at least 3-5 minutes.

Megan Adams Brown

A healthier chocolate chip cookie - egg-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, paleo

Megan Adams Brown, CHC, helps families find healthy routines that work, with no more “what’s for dinner?” stress, and a lot better food. Her family meal plans help moms take charge of their kitchen and their own health, leading to more vegetables and less junk all around. Megan also specializes in working with food allergies and sensitivities and shares allergy-friendly recipes on her blog. To learn more click here.

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