I haven’t purchased wheat flour for several months now. When we started this paleo journey a few months ago I still had about 10 lbs of wheat flour in my cupboard, rather than throwing it out like many would suggest, I kept it just in case I needed to make something for my kids. I have actually been surprised how little I have needed it, but my stockpile is wanting, and I’ve been faced with the decision. Should I just buy some more wheat flour, or should I just learn to go without?
The two things that I used to make on a regular basis were, Whole Wheat Pancakes, and Whole Wheat Cookies. Both are on the “healthier” side of unhealthy ;) These past couple of months I’ve been searching the web, and the new Paleo cookbooks I have, for recipes that will replace these old favorites. It’s hard for me to tell the kids, “you know those really yummy pancakes I used to make, yeah, I’m not going to make those for you anymore.” It just seems wrong. I’ve created an amazing grain free pancake recipe that combined ideas from several different recipes I found online, and these Almond Flour Pancakes are wonderful!! Aidan just a few minutes ago asked me, “were those pancakes you made the other day “paleo pancakes”? When I said yes, he said excitedly, “REALLY?” :)
Last night we had a little break through in the cookie department. I made these cookies, inspired by Joyful Abode and I was, well, we all were very happily impressed with how “unhealthy” they tasted! While still warm these cookies were moist and sweet and had all the components of a really good chocolate chip cookie. So I think I’ve made my decision. I’m NOT going to be buying any more wheat flour, at least not for now. :) I hope you are able to sink your teeth into a bite of these sometime soon! And don’t forget the coffee, or milk to go with it, or them!
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Coconut Pecan Cookies-Grain Free!
Makes about 28 small cookies (heaping Tbsp)
Blend until creamy.
10 Tbsp butter, softened
5 Tbsp raw honey
2 tsp vanilla
In a separate bowl, mix together.
2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp coco powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (60% dark chocolate or higher)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheet or line with parchment. I sprayed with coconut oil spray and it worked great.
2. Drop dough by spoon onto greased baking sheet (mine were about a heaping Tablespoon). They don’t really spread very much so you can put them fairly close together.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 12 minutes or until set. Carefully remove from baking sheet onto a cooling rack. If you can, let cool a bit and enjoy with a cold glass of milk! Or if you are like me, a hot cup of coffee will do :)