We recently had the honor of teaching a grain-free cooking class at Fox Chapel High School in Pittsburgh. I was contacted a few weeks ago by one of the foods teachers, asking if Bill and I would be interested in coming in to speak to the kids about the Paleo lifestyle, and do a little cooking demo. She mentioned that the kids had been begging her to ask us in, and she was really looking forward to hearing about the diet as well. We of course agreed immediately. We are always willing to spread the word of Paleo, and how it has changed our lives, and the lives of many for the better. I was particularly excited to feed the kids with some knowledge of wellness and healthy eating, being that I know high school years were tough for me with regards to self image.
All of the kids were so wonderful with us. They were extremely attentive, asked great questions, and many seemed to leave the class inspired. You could see the wheels turning in their heads, and it was clear that they were all taking in this information. It was making sense to them.
The cooking demonstration went very well. We presented a new recipe to the kids, which we wanted to post as ‘cookies for Santa’, our final holiday recipe for 2010. We made classic chocolate chip cookies, and they are quite delicious if I say so myself. We made a batch (of approx. 2 dozen cookies) for each class that we presented to, and all the kids loved them! For this recipe I took the classic Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe, and primalized it. We really wanted to show the kids that you can still enjoy sweet treats, but in a healthier way. You would never know that this recipe does not include white flour or refined sugar. They are the real deal, classic, homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- 3 cups Blanched Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil, unrefined
- 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 2 Omega 3 Eggs
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
- In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat with hand mixer until combined.
- Melt coconut oil, pour into batter, and continue to blend until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough, about a tablespoon in size.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Let cool and serve with a cold glass of almond milk!
Whether your intentions for these cookies are to give Santa a little taste of Paleo, for your holiday cookie trays, or just when you need a classic chocolate chip cookie treat, you wont be disappointed. Even Santa wouldn’t know that these are grain-free!
Our holiday gift to you is something many of you have been asking for: printer-friendly recipe cards! We know many of you are eager to try our recipes, so we will be including a recipe card with every new post. We also intend to go back and add recipe cards for our ‘classic recipes’ in the future. Thanks for making 2010 a memorable first year for us! Happy Holidays