These are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made, and I do blame it on the almond meal.
What is almond meal?
Almond meal being made by hand. Almond meal, almond flour or ground almond is made from ground sweet almonds. Almond flour is usually made with blanched almonds (no skin), whereas almond meal can be made with whole or blanched almonds.
I have this rule for baking at home; only bake healthy-ish items at home. I have a little bit of a sweet-tooth problem, and baking items like this really help tame those cravings. Let me add that these cookies do not contain any added sugar or flour, and they also aren’t considered a ‘chewy’ chocolate chip, but don’t let that discourage you from giving them a try, you won’t regret it!
Okay, so maybe no sugar added is a little lie; I do add one tablespoon of honey (is that considered sugar : / ?)
I also use to be that person who would mix everything in the same bowl (wet & dry ingredients), and at times it wasn’t even in that order- like first mixing the wet and then mix in dry in the same bowl. Then I wondered why all my baking sucked- I’ve gotten better.
Ladies and gents it does matter and makes a huge difference. So now, I put my laziness aside, grab two bowls, mix my dry ingredients in one, mix my wet ingredients in the other and THEN combine.
Back to the delicious cookies- let me just say I consider something a success when my toddler and husband can’t stop eating them. I’ll be honest, I’m fairly easy to please and my cookie standard isn’t very high, so they are my true critics when it comes to my cooking and baking.
Here’s what to do:
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste, either one will work)
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/4 cups of almond meal
- 1/4 cups of chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate chips). You can also up the quantity on this if you want them chocolatier.
- 1 banana (optional)
- In a large bowl mix all your wet ingredients: coconut oil, honey, egg & vanilla.
- In a separate bowl mix all your dry ingredients: almond meal, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips.
- Next combine your wet and dry ingredients and make sure you mix them well together.
- I added a banana at the very last minute, which was a great addition. This is totally optional, but highly recommended (I love bananas).
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
- Scoop dough onto parchment paper.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
- Remove them from the oven and let them cool for approximately 5-10 minutes.