Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Easy
Every day, it seems like more and more people I know are hopping on the paleo diet bandwagon. If for some crazy reason you haven't heard about it, it's based on the idea that modern humans should go back to eating the way our ancestors did. That's why some people also like to call it "the caveman diet". You basically fill your diet with whole, unprocessed foods that are high in fat and dense in nutrients.
This often involves eliminating grains completely. And for good reason: I was recently told the wheat that the majority of Americans eat today looks absolutely nothing like it's original form. That's how much it's been genetically modified over the years. Yikes!
But sadly, the main ingredient in many desserts is wheat flour. There's plenty of recipes out there that use alternatives, but a lot of them tend to taste like cardboard. Plus, they often involve a bunch of expensive ingredients that you'll likely never use again. Luckily, there's a new company that wants paleo lovers to have their cake and eat it too--or specifically, to have their chocolate chip cookies and eat them too.
Enter Paleoful. They make baking mixes for those classic sweet treats like brownies and chocolate chip cookies (both regular and chewy). The mixes are all gluten-free, grain-free, vegan (egg and dairy-free), soy-free, preservative-free, and non-GMO.
All you have to do is add in a few ingredients that you likely already have at home. In my case, for the chewy chocolate chip cookies, I had to add in milk, oil (I chose coconut oil), and vanilla extract. I mixed the batter up, placed tablespoon-sized dough balls on a cookie sheet, and popped them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Now for the big question: did they taste like cardboard? I'm happy to report that they did not. They tasted like a normal chocolate chip cookie, but with a hint of sunflower seeds, which is the flour replacement in this case. They're especially delicious when you dunk them in an ice-cold glass of milk (in my case almond).
You can get a pack of the chewy chocolate chip cookies that I made for about $10. But Paleoful also just launched a Kickstarter campaign, so go on and support it so we can all continue to experience the joy of gluten-free sweet treats that actually taste good.