"if you wish to be glamorous, become a cake baker" -The Joy of Cooking

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bake it Like you Mean it

Just got my copy of Gesine Bullock Prado's new book, Bake it Like you Mean it

It is a really beautiful book and a must if you love to bake.



I can't wait to bake something

Sunday, March 3, 2013

DeLIGHTful Chocolate Chip Cookies

It has been a long bake-free couple of weeks in my house.  Our kitchen is in the process of some renovations and we didn't have ovens for awhile...until yesterday :)  Therefore I decided to christen the new ovens with good ol' chocolate chip cookies.

Continuing on with the theme from my last post about trying to bake a little more "behind" friendly, these chocolate chip cookies are so delicious, without the addition of any flour, refined sugar or butter!!! Yes, I'm learning that it is possible to bake yummy treats without the traditional fat laden ingredients.  They are a delight and make you feel good that you can indulge without the guilt.  These are the 'real deal'....you have to try this recipe.

These cookies have some really healthy ingredients going for them,  no guilt here-unless you polish off the whole batch, which if you do.. NO JUDGEMENT :)

Almond flour replaces all purpose flour in this recipe. It is highly nutritious: high in protein, low in carbs and sugars.  It is gluten free and keeps recipes moist and the taste is delicious.


Instead of refined sugar, this recipe calls for honey which is natural and high in vitamins like B6, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin and also low glycemic.
Coconut oil replaces the butter.  Coconut oil is super good for you.  It contains lauric acid which increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood. Used cold pressed virgin coconut oil.



Delightful Chocolate Chip Cookies 
3 cups sifted Almond Flour - I used Bob's Red Mill brand
1 cup dark chocolate chips - go for the dark chocolate here, high in antioxidants
1 cup chopped walnuts -high in antioxidants and omega 3's
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp Coconut oil melted-make sure you measure out and melt the coconut oil before adding it to the recipe
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper-set aside
  • In a large bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together with a fork- almond flour, salt, baking soda
  • In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients-melted coconut oil, honey (if your honey isn't very liquid heat in the microwave until nice and pourable consistency), egg and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to the dry mixture and stir until well combined
  • Add in the wet mixture into the dry and stir together until well combined
  • Using a cookie scoop or 1 Tbsp measure, scoop cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet
  • Bake cookies for 15mins- check cookies after 10min, depending on your oven they may not need the full baking time


Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately! Add the chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips to the dry ingredients, then add the wet into the dry and mix throughly.

First batch of cookies in the new oven! :)


yum
:)