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The Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie

Having a child with several food sensitivities in the house can be challenging. Especially when trying to find ready made treats, or even, when preparing treats at home.

My little man loves cookies, his favorite being peanut butter. We have tried many different store bought and bakery bought options, in a quest to find a cookie that he can enjoy without compromising his health.

Unfortunately, we always end up finding overpriced garbage or just plain old mass-produced, conveyor-belt rollin’, cellophane wrappin’, sugar laden, un-edible garbage.

Needless to say, I have spent countless hours trying to perfect the tastiest and healthiest “egg-less, gluten, wheat and refined sugar free” peanut butter cookies. Proudly I can finally say I have…

…I introduce to you the THE PERFECT PB COOKIE. They’ll never know what ingredients are missing ?

With all the amazing gluten free flours available nowadays, plus with some handy little tricks (like swapping eggs for flax eggs), there are numerous ways to turn a un-healthy cookie into a healthy one!

And the best part… your kids will never even know it! I’ve baked up so many treats for my family and they’ve all happily gobbled them up. 

As for all you moms out there who are trying to get your kids to eat healthier, I’ve found it helpful getting my kids involved in the cooking and baking process. When they see you using whole food ingredients, it just becomes second nature to them to eat those foods versus unhealthy ones. 

What you eat as a family has a profound impact on how your child not only grows and develops, but it impacts the food choices they make as they get older and learn to make their own decisions. 

From one mother to another, I hope your kids love this peanut butter cookie recipe and if peanut butter is an allergen in your household, simply swap it out for another nut or seed butter. 

Enjoy!

The Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie
Yields 12
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
MIX TOGETHER
  1. ¼ cup of coconut oil
  2. ¼ cup of natural peanut butter – I have also used almond and cashew butter, peanut is our favourite
ADD
  1. 1 Flax egg - (Mix 1 tbsp. of flax seeds & 2 tbsps. of water, and let sit for about 10 mins)
  2. ½ cup coconut sugar
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
ONCE ALL WET INGREDIENTS HAVE BEEN COMBINED ADD
  1. 1 cup of gluten free oat flour
  2. 1 cup of almond flour
  3. ½ tsp. of sea salt
  4. ½ tsp. of baking soda
  5. ½ tsp. of baking powder
FINALLY ADD IN
  1. ½ cup of enjoy life chocolate chips. (If you decide to use a different chocolate make sure they are mini chips. The big ones don’t stick to the cookie dough very well)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Roll dough into balls and place onto a prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Depending on how big you make them, you can get anywhere from 12-18 cookies out of this batter.
  3. Bake for 11-15 minutes.
  4. Cool for 5 minutes before devouring them!
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Cacao Walnut Superfood Cookies

Boo-ya!! These cookies freakin’ rock!

I don’t know about you but my cupboards are always stocked with cacao. I use it a lot! From smoothies, to cookies, cakes, bars, and all kinds of desserts, cacao is my go-to chocolate saver. 

Did you know that cacao is one of the richest sources of Magnesium? Yup! It’s true!

Magnesium serves many, many functions in the body. From detoxification, to relaxation and sleep, this mineral is uber-importante!

Personally, I recommend supplementing with magnesium (magnesium bisglycinate is my preference). I take 400mg before bed to help with sleep and relaxation and to help relieve muscle soreness. Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night with a calve muscle cramp. You know what I’m talking’ about! It ain’t pretty. In fact, it really sucks. 

And ladies, if you’re dealing with PMS cramps, be sure to take magnesium a week prior to your period. Not only will it help with cramps, but breast tenderness too. 

OK… now onto the baking! 🙂 

These cookies, which freakin’ rock, (did I say that already?), are super soft and chewy and loaded with some incredible superfood goodness. They lasted ONE day in my house! They are also amazing crumbled and served on to of my Vanilla Maple Chia Pudding. They are Paleo approved and could be vegan if you substitute the egg for a ‘flax’ egg. 

Enjoy!

Cacao Walnut Superfood Cookies
Yields 15
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups almond flour/meal
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 cup Cacao Powder
  4. 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs
  5. 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  6. 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  7. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  10. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  11. 3 tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  12. 1 egg or vegan egg substitute
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix almond flour, baking powder, raw cacao, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in cacao nibs, walnuts and shredded coconut.
  4. Whisk remaining wet ingredients, maple syrup, egg and coconut oil in a bowl and add to dry mixture. Use a large spoon to combine.
  5. Scoop out tablespoon sized mounds onto your baking sheet and gently press down.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, less time for more chewy cookies, more if you prefer a crunchier texture. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. *To make flax egg - One egg equals = 1 tablespoon flax meal plus 3 tablespoons water. In a small bowl, add flax meal followed by water, stirring as you go. Place mixture in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to allow mixture to bind. Once mixture is set, replace with egg in recipe.
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