Just last week Canada celebrated it’s 150th Birthday! And I must say, I am one lucky girl to be Canadian and live in this beautiful country.
I grew up in Toronto and my Mother immigrated from Portugal to Canada when she was 14 years old. My dad also grew up in Toronto. He is as Canadian as they come!
Being Portugese, my mother was the first to introduce my father to fish and seafood – food he had never eaten before. They met at 19 and it was then that my dad first introduced my mom to a burger!
Growing up it was an interesting mix of food. My mother made everything from scratch and I was super lucky to have fresh, real, homemade food cooked all the time. My father on the other hand, did not cook. If dinner was left in his hands, we’d be eating kentucky fried chicken or kraft dinner.
It’s funny because my mother literally cringed at pre-packaged food. She. Hated. It.
But, you take the good with the bad and you roll with it.
In fact, it’s funny how things change. Growing up my mom didn’t take the easy way out – it was always about preparing fresh food at home. Nowadays, she still cooks, but she has definitely opted for more convenience then she used to.
Myself on the other hand, I learned from my mother growing up. Prepare food from scratch. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
And so, these Maple Bacon Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookies. Prepared from scratch. Using “Canadian” ingredients. I made them for my family and they were mom-approved 🙂
I personally love the sweet and salty combo. Hope you enjoy them!
- 5 slices bacon (nitrate free and organic is best)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, lay out bacon. Using a brush, brush on 3 tbsp of maple syrup evenly across slices.
- Bake at 350F for roughly 20-25 minutes, until desired crispness is reached. Once cooled, break into pieces. Increase oven temperature to 375F.
- In a food processor add in almond flour, baking soda and salt. Combine.
- Then add in eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. Combine until a dough is formed.
- Place dough into a bowl and add in chocolate chips and bacon pieces. Combine together.
- Place small balls of dough onto cookie sheet, about a tablespoon in size.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Cool and serve.