Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo/GF/Vegan)
Whoa! I did not expect these cookies to turn out as delicious as they did.
I just finished yet another batch of Evan’s almond meal chocolate chip cookies (but I subbed brown sugar instead of regular – note to self: don’t do that,) so I obviously had to replenish the cookie stash in the house, stat.
Then I found this recipe through Christina’s blog, and sat on the idea of the ingredients for a while. After a while, I didn’t think I wanted to include the oats (and didn’t have enough anyhow) so I used almond meal as my only “flour” in the recipe.
Because of this, I had to tweak everything else since almond meal contains a lot more fat in it than its oat cousin (distant…cousin.) And these were born:
Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo-friendly, GF, Vegan)
inspired by this recipe
1 large ripe banana
3 tbsp. coconut oil (or canola, or better yet, butter)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 packet stevia (optional)
2 c. almond meal (raw almonds processed in a food processor until it resembles a flour)
1/2 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and then fold in the chocolate chips. Bake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.
Eat straight from oven and burn tongue
These cookies are to die for! Better yet that they’re healthy. In fact, I found a way to incorporate them into breakfast.
Because I was too chatty to include breakfast in this morning’s post, I’ll tell ya’ll about it now I packed up this breakfast to go since I have a client to train here in a few minutes – I’ll eat it after training.
1/2 c. 2% Greek yogurt, 1/4 c. of cottage cheese, 1/4 c. pumpkin, ~2 tbsp. currants, stevia to taste, 1 cookie
It’s basically the same combo from yesterday + a delicious cookie.
I ate the above breakfast after this morning’s workout, which turned out to be neither HIIT nor spin class! Instead, I did a pretty intense lifting workout:
dynamic warmup: walking curtsey lunges, walking side lunges w/ twist, sit squat to stands, quad pulls, glute pulls, high knees, butt kickers, drum kickers
abs: turkish getups, suitcase deadlifts w/ step up, diagonal cable chop w/ back lunge
full body: plank + rows (30# db,) Bulgarian split squats (2 30# db’s,) single leg deadlifts on plate (2 30# db’s,) chest press (2 30#db’s)
Now it’s time to get back to work and grab some lunch. Recipe is coming on this deliciously healthy lunch, but here’s a sneak peak!
hint: it’s not rice!
Have a good afternoon