I am all about treats. I know there’s things I shouldn’t be eating, but with the ability to modify recipes to Paleo, I feel that I can indulge in some tasty goodness that doesn’t just claim to be “guilt-free,” it is guilt-free.
My latest effort is edible cookie dough. I’ve been seeing it stores and reading recipes online, and I’ve wanted to try it, but I’ve only run across it when I’m actually on plan rather than taking a trip off the wagon. The recipe I used comes from someone called Natalie Jill, and she shared this recipe on The Doctors. Here is my adaptation.
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (Nestle has 67 percent dark chocolate)
- sea salt to taste
- Combine almond flour, tapioca starch, honey, vanilla and butter in a blender and blend until smooth. If it seems a little dry, try adding a tablespoon of liquid. I put a little black coffee into my chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Stir in chocolate chips and sea salt and spoon into dessert dishes.
- Refrigerate one hour.
The beauty of this recipe is that the dough can be anything you want. Chocolate chocolate chip? Stir in a little unsweetened cocoa. Snickerdoodle? Add cream of tartar and a little cinnamon and coconut or maple sugar. Pecan Sandie? Mix in chopped pecans. There are any number of nominations that can be made with a flavored extract rather than vanilla, different spices and other stir-ins that fit the paleo diet.
Also, Natalie Jill says this recipe serves four. I’m a realist when it comes to snacks and deserts. It serves two.
I’m always looking for noshy, munchy things, and I found these cookies while I was shopping at Walmart one day. They were in the freezer section with the gluten-free and paleo foods, and I was instantly intrigued, thought it took me a while to try them. There are, to the best of my knowledge, two varieties — Chocolate Chunk, pictured here, which are pretty much just chocolate chunk cookies, and Pecan Chocolate Chunk. They are both very tasty.
There are a few cons with this product. One is that they are expensive. A tub of 18 costs $9 at Walmart. The second is that they stay frozen and have to sit out for an hour before you can eat them.
There are a few pros with this product. One is that they are expensive. A tub of 18 costs $9 at Walmart. The second is that they stay frozen and have to sit out for an hour before you can eat them.
Yeah, I know the pros look exactly like the cons, but the fact is, at that price, I’m not going to sit and eat the entire tub, and with the need to thaw them, I’m not going to eat them impulsively.
These are great for stashing in your freezer for a rainy day. You just take two out and put them on a plate while you make yourself a nice bowl of soup. Then, after lunch, you can make a cup of tea and have your cookies.
When I was young, I would have told you that I’ve always liked dark chocolate. Now, of course, I know the difference between Hershey’s Special Dark and good dark chocolate.
Chocolate is important to me. It has some great health benefits and yes, it’s Paleo, if you use it right. The darker the chocolate is, the better, and I’ve had 100% cocoa. I usually have my chocolate at bedtime with a little black coffee, kind of a non-alcoholic nightcap. This is not something where I sit and eat the entire bar. I have a square. Usually, I buy the bag of Ghirardelli squares so eating one at a time is simple.
I find that a square of dark chocolate is all I need, and I love Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark line for the flavors I can get. A lot of other companies pair their flavors with semi-sweet chocolate and ruin the value of the dark chocolate altogether. These bars, though, come in raspberry, cherry, sea salt, and my personal favorite, Cabernet, which has blackberry and blueberry undertones. The chocolates are very rich, and I don’t feel like I’m short changing myself on a “diet” rather than enjoying something I’m allowed to eat.
I was technically homeless when I started my Paleo-ish lifestyle. I spent my first two weeks at my daughter’s while she was in England, but moved into my car when she came home. I was unwilling to undo everything I’d worked for over the previous two weeks because I didn’t have a kitchen, so I started to think about portability, things that keep and were cheap.
I had actually discovered RX Bars when I was an Uber/Lyft driver. I would be in my car 15 hours a day, and, depending on how the day went, I didn’t necessarily have time to stop and eat. I would pick up these bars at a 7-11 that sold them 2 for $5, and I’d buy $20 of them at a time.
I don’t usually like nutrition bars, but I am really impressed with these. They are just what they say on the front of the package. The egg gives them a little more staying power than, say, a Lära Bar, which is another favorite of mine, and they are more of a meal bar than just something to deal with my sweet tooth. They can be a little pricey — a box of 4 is $6.50 at Walmart, more at other stores —but they are so worth it, particularly when I’m on the road. They come in some great flavors: chocolate chip, chocolate sea salt, coffee, mixed berry, blueberry, chocolate coconut, and, even though they aren’t paleo because of the peanuts, peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate.
This recipe is the first one Mom and I worked on. We were in charge of snacks for church, but we had a visiting pastor whose wife had Celiac’s Disease and could not eat gluten. We looked at a lot of recipes, and it just seemed like so many of them were long and complicated. We found this recipe on the site “Detoxinista,” and you can find the original recipe here. We adapted it the way we liked it. I will post the warning that these are dangerous cookies. We literally ate half the batch “taste testing,” though one cookie was really all we’d have needed. The original recipe suggested these cookies were best at room temperature. They were so right. Let them cool before you eat them.
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup butter
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, salt, and baking soda, then add butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Fold in chocolate chips. Roll a rounded tablespoon of batter into a ball and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove cookies and flatten with a fork until cracks appear on the edges. Return to over and back an additional 3 minutes.
5. Cool on tray two minutes then completely on a rack.
Makes 18 cookies.
Once upon a time I ate several small meals over the course of the day because that’s what my schedule allowed or even demanded. A few bites here and there between the schedules of two full-time jobs, and I was good. A lot of my meals tended to be the same things every day, and many of the items under the “Favorite Things” tab helped me through the day. One of my end of day favorites was a single-sized dark chocolate almond milk by Silk and a banana.
I’m not a huge almond milk fan. Not to just drink it, at any rate. I will cook with it, have it as ice cream, etc., but I will never just sit and have a glass or cup of milk. Unless it’s the chocolate stuff. I’m picky that way.
I like this particular product because it tastes like the cow-made stuff and have a good regular texture rather than being watery. I occasionally get a little bit of a craving for something “creamy,” and this is something that is a great substitute for a cup of two-percent milk and too many scoops of Quick chocolate powder.
The single-sized servings do not have to be refrigerated, which makes it convenient to take with me on trips or chores. It looks like a little carton of kid’s milk, complete with straw, so drinking it is easy. They can be pricy — nearly seven dollars for six servings — but all almond milk tends to be a little pricy. These little servings, though, especially chilled, feel like a treat. Yes, they have a little sugar in them, but really, if you’re Paleo, you’re not cheating when you drink them. It just feels like it.