• 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw soaked walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp stevia
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Inspired by Denise at Creative Kitchen Adventures

 

I have said it before and I will say it again, this health nut still loves her chocolate chip cookies and pizza! So of course I managed to “healthify” these recipes so I can enjoy them more often and you can now too!

My friend, Kimberly, introduced these to me and I was over the moon in love!  I had to modify them just a smidgen so they would be doctor approved as a healthy treat. They still have that incredible texture and flavor of chocolate chip cookie dough!

I used almond flour and ground flax instead of the original oat flour so that this recipe would be grain free and have less phytic acid from the oats. Phytic acid is a natural substance found in many foods but there are concerns of it’s effects with inhibiting mineral absorption.  Not to mention, eating raw oats is not the easiest on digestion.

 

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Oats are often not gluten free due to the wheat field’s cross contamination or the machines processing the grain are not just used for gluten free foods.  Brands like Bob’s Red Mill are certified gluten free and even people with celiac disease can enjoy them.  Unfortunately, our favorite nostalgic brand, Quaker Oats states on it’s website that it cannot guarantee their oatmeal is gluten-free.

I also, omitted the 1/2 cup of maple syrup and used 2 tbsp. of honey and 1/8 tsp. of stevia.  I love maple syrup but it is really high on the glycemic scale. Honey adds extra health properties with it’s minerals and enzymes and since this cookie isn’t baked, these nutrients won’t be killed off in the heat of the oven.

When choosing a chocolate chip, I love the Enjoy brand because they use clean ingredients and truthfully if you added 1/2 cup of those divine little morsels you are good to go! Here is one of my “baked” chocolate chip cookie recipes that is popular on the blog too!  Both of these recipes will meet the needs for those of us who crave something sweet.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls {paleo, vegan, raw & gluten free}
 
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Serves: 25-35

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup ground flax
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • ½ cup raw soaked walnuts
  • ½ cup finely shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • ⅛ tsp stevia
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp maple extract
  • ¼-1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
  1. In a food processor add almond flour, nuts, ground flax, salt and coconut pulsing until fine like flour.
  2. In a small bowl add water, honey, stevia and extracts mixing it with a small whisk until blended.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into food processor with nut mixture and pulse until it sticks together in a ball.
  4. If it is not sticking you can add a few tbsp. of filtered water.
  5. Using a small or large scoop place dough on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for about ½ hour or until they are firm and enjoy!
  7. You can freeze them as well.

Notes
I like using a small ice cream scoop for bite sized balls. Plus you get more servings this way. I use the brand Enjoy for chocolate chips as they use clean ingredients. Also, if you are not used to eating low sugar recipes, I suggest using up to ½ cup chocolate chips. If you love the maple flavor you can use up to ½ tsp. of the extract as well. Soaking the walnuts helps them to not be so bitter and reduces the natural occurring phytic acid. Fill a jar ¾ full of nuts and fill with filtered water to top. Even if you soak nuts only for a few hours {rather than overnight} it will help. Rinse the walnuts off before using. If you only have almonds and not the flour you can grind them in a strong blender like the Vitamix into a fine flour.

With a Spoonful of Health,

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