Did any of you guys read this hilarious (literally, I laughed out loud) article on how paleo makes you “hate everything?” It’s a great read, especially for those of us who used to think eating paleo meant taking away all the good things.
The funniest part about reading it for me though, was discovering how far down the paleo rabbit hole I’ve actually gone. Get this: the first thing I thought after seeing the author’s pitiful paleo carrot cookies (a.k.a. “crumbly pucks of carrot and nut”) was, “Hey, those look kinda good.” I know, I’m a lost cause.
But then again, I’m not a huge fan of sweets in the first place. I usually feel crappy after I eat them so I’d just as soon not have them around. They give me what my grandpa calls “pancake disease,” i.e. a huge blood sugar spike followed by a day-ruining crash.
So a disclaimer: I’ve called these little morsels “cookies,” but they’re a bit different from the cookies the rest of the world eats. They contain no added sweetener and they weren’t designed to be super indulgent. Think of them more like sweet, real-food protein bars.
Yes, they’re healthy, and yes, they’re also delicious! The banana gives them the perfect amount of sweetness (seriously, you’d be surprised what a banana can do) and a wonderfully chewy texture. The roasted almonds are rich and slightly sweet themselves, add if you leave the batter a bit chunky, you’ll hit a nice crunchy spot every once in a while.
Also a huge plus is the fact that they’re compliant with the Whole 30, and if you use a green-tipped banana, they’re also 21-Day Sugar Detox-friendly. How many cookies can you say that about?
Yes, the batter will be orange. Just go with it.
Before I give you the recipe, I have to toot my own horn for one more sec. You’ll notice that just like my Triple-Duty Paleo Pancakes, these cookies are 100% grain-free, dairy-free and flourless! Which means a) they’re cheap (!), and b) you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
They’re the perfect “I-don’t-have-time-to-go-to-the-store-but-I-really-want-something-sweet-right-now” treats. We all need ‘em!
- ⅔ cup roasted almonds
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 medium-ripe banana (too ripe and the cookies will fall apart)
- 1 cup carrots, roughly chopped
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender. (I’m blessed with a roommate who lets me use her Vitamix.)
- Blend until everything is fully incorporated and reaches a batter-like consistency.
- Dollop batter onto lined baking sheet into flat circles (True Detective, anyone?). Mine were about 2 inches in diameter.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges are visibly golden. Don’t worry about over-baking.
- Remove from oven and let rest on baking sheet until cool enough to handle.
Paleo or not, these cookies won’t be “pucks of suffering.” I promise.