Gluten-free, Original Creations, Refined sugar-free, Sweets

Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

After a rather long hiatus, I realized how I missed cooking, baking, and posting on this little blog.  I’m getting back into the swing of things by bringing you Salted Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with a twist. They’re surprising light and fluffy, with that salted dark chocolate flavor, of course. These cookies are the result of a successful experiment; they proved their deliciousness, despite a unique texture, when I brought them to a Superbowl party and they were gone in a flash.

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I’ve established that they’re tasty, but there’s something else I should tell you- they’re made with just eggs, almond butter, maple syrup, chocolate, and a little salt. A simple, healthier take on a classic.

I immediately thought I’d messed up when I saw how thin the batter was. Soon though, I realized that the batter will not look like normal cookie batter, and the cookies will not have the texture of a normal cookie. And, I’m totally ok with that because they’re awesome. As you can see, I struggled at first to get them onto the cookie sheet….. Tip #1: Give them lots of room on the cookie sheet.
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Recipe

You’ll Need:
1 cup creamy almond butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg
1/2 tsp sea salt
Coarse salt for sprinkling
1/2 tsp baking soda
Your favorite dark chocolate bar, coarsely chopped and divided

Process:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine together almond butter, maple syrup, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt until smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chunks.
3. Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, top each cookies with extra chocolate pieces. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies turn a slight golden brown underneath. They will come out pale on top and puffy. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool entirely. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes roughly 18 cookies.

 

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Entrees, Gluten-free, Original Creations, Refined sugar-free

Moroccan Chickpea Burgers

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Have you ever found a dish at a restaurant that you loved so much, you had to try making it at home? I am obsessed with La Méditerranée‘s Chicken Cilicia (a phyllo pastry filled with an exotic blend of spices, chicken, raisins, & garbanzo beans). In the past, I’ve successfully replicated the dish at home, but the phyllo dough part is a bit labor/time intensive. Thinking of ways I could get that incredible Moroccan flavor without the meat or phyllo hassle, I created this veggie burger last night. And, let me tell you, it turned out far better than I expected. Recipe after the jump!

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These were inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s Honey-Almond Fig Tart, featured in her James Beard award-winning book, “Baking From My Home To Yours”.

This recipe is gluten and refined-sugar free. And, did I mention that they are absolutely delicious? I love eating these for breakfast and/or as a snack. Slice one in half, add some almond butter, and you’re good to go!

Recipe after the jump

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Breakfast, Gluten-free, Original Creations, Refined sugar-free, Snacks, Sweets

Honey Almond Fig Muffins

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