I should also let you know that these cookies are grain, egg, and dairy free. They are NOT sugar free, I am not that evil.
I'll go ahead and fess up that I have been off the cow and out of the grain fields (well almost all grains) for a week now. Absolutely not for any ideological reasons, only to try to make the days a leeeetle less miserable in the stomach arena. I will not go into deets (you are very welcome) but I got pretty desperate a week ago and decided to cut out "trigger foods", which when you google it, grains and dairy are at the top of the list.
Am I feeling any better? Maybe, who knows? It could all be placebo effect. I feel like I have had some better days and then some that are back to miserable. I am committed to giving it 2 weeks and if there is not an earth shattering difference I will consider it not at all worth the time, money or inconvenience. I will surely let you know what I think in a week.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of all the food I have baked thus far with almond flour. If I can find it somewhere on the cheap I will continue to bake with it even if I don't end up giving up grains, that is how good it is.
Upon tasting these cookies Mike enthusiastically said:
"These are among the best cookies you have ever made", and for a cookie with NO flour NO eggs NO dairy at all and coming out of Mike's mouth, I consider that extremely impressive.
I would simply link to the site where I got the recipe and leave it at that, but I did 2 things that I think most likely improved upon the recipe, even though I haven't actually tried it as it is posted. If you do you can let me know how it turns out as I will only ever make them the way I did today.
This food elimination diet was proving beneficial for my postpartum weight loss. Until today.
So here you go (cue food picture with text added):
- 2 packed cups blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/4 Tsp. Salt
- 3 Tbs room temperature margarine (use butter if you want, I am sure that would be better)
- 1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tbs dairy free creamer (I used hazelnut by Coffeemate, you can just use milk if you're okay with dairy)
- 1/2 of a large dark chocolate bar, I used %70, chopped into chunks
- 2 Tbs cocoa powder
I just mouthed off to my friend the other day about how I would NEVER bake a cookie without flour because it would just "not be worth it!" all opinionated and what not and now I am eating words. And eating these cookies. One after another after another.
You will see no pictures of the girls devouring these because their indiscriminate tongues wouldn't know a truly good cookie if it threw a snow ball a them.
Speaking of snow balls, here a a couple of them in the snow while I baked: