Paleo Almond Joy Cookies. A healthy almond butter cookie you can enjoy guilt free.
When I made those coconut peanut butter cookies the other week, I was thinking " hmmm I wonder how these would be with almond butter instead of peanut butter" I could call them "Paleo" that way.
I don't know all the strict rules of the "Paleo Diet" But from what I have heard peanut butter is generally a " no-no" but almond butter is in. Something about a peanut actually being a legume and not a real nut. Like the almond. So for the non peanut eating people that wanted to try the peanut butter cookies I made but couldn't, here is my almond version with an extra added bonus of a coconut milk ganache, which by the way - is killer
A nice thick layer of ganache too. These are a softer cookie, almost cake like, similar to the peanut butter cookies, but the batter was a touch thicker, so I added in a little almond milk - and it was a good idea because I really liked how these came out.
I hadn't even planned on adding in the toasted coconut, but I had some leftover from my Tropical Scallop Salad, so I decided to top a couple of the cookies with it, and I liked how they looked - and tasted with it. So there ya go. The Paleo Almond Joy Cookie was born, at least my version of it.
For the ganache, I used this new brand of coconut milk (new to me) that I just love. I actually found out about it from the blog, Against All Grain, and bought it off Amazon. Its so much better than any other canned variety plus its organic. There is a THICK layer of cream when you open the can - as there should be. And I also have been wanting to try these Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, they are soy, nut and dairy free. And really good! These made for a really good thick chocolate icing for these cookies, so you may see this again in future recipes. Actually, I can guarantee it , I mean chocolate AND coconut? Hello..
- 1 c organic creamy almond butter, well stirred
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- ⅔ c honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 C coconut flour **
- ¼ c almond milk
- Pinch salt
- Coconut Milk Ganache:
- 1 15oz can full fat Coconut milk
- 16 oz of Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks ( about 1 ½ bags)
- Toasted coconut chips (unsweetened) for topping
** the original recipe stated ½ c coconut flour. Two readers that have made this said it wasn't enough so I have increased the amount to 1 C. Coconut flour has the tendency to suck all moisture out of baked goods so try to see if 1 c is enough to make it a scoopable dough. If not add a little more, 1 tablespoon at a time to get it there but use no more than 1 ½ c coconut flour. If you feel you added too much add in a little almond or coconut milk to thin back out. Its a pretty forgiving recipe so exact amount aren't necessary!
I gave a bag of these to my friends Jen and Dave to sample and they loved them. I love having tons of friends as my official taste testers. Its a win-win situation.