It is no secret that I love sweets, just check out my Instagram on any given day and I almost guarantee there will be some type of sweet treat posted. So when I started the paleo diet over 7 years ago I made it my mission to find desserts or sweets that still tasted like the "real" things. Now don't get me wrong...when I first made the decision to started eating paleo it was because I wanted to understand how my body reacted to certain foods and to lose some weight. I also knew that paleo was supposed to regulate your natural body functions and return your systems to their natural state. So while sweets don't necessarily play into that, I also knew that I would need to make some decisions to make this sustainable. I mean COME ON, we are all human and deserve a treat every once in a while!
So one night I was perusing Pinterest and came across a recipe for chewy coconut cookies that looked delicious so I set out to make a paleo version. Find the details below and as always let me know what you think! And thanks to the original blogger for such a delicious recipe that I could turn into paleo!
Side note: these would be delicious with some vanilla ice cream in the middle during these hot summer days to make an ice cream sandwich.
Chewy Coconut Cookies
Yields: approx. 20 cookies
1/2 c butter or ghee, softened
1 cup coconut palm sugar
2 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut flour
3/4 c almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 350
Sift the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
In a separate bowl mix together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. I used my hand mixer and it worked great.
Slowly add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Once that is mixed well fold in the shredded coconut.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Beware they spread out considerably to be thin cookies so leave plenty of space.
Bake for 7 minutes or until the edges are browned. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet. Once a little more firm transfer to a cookie rack and let cool completely.