Making these cookies was particularly special for us seeing as this was the first time Kate had ever baked anything - ever! Wow, so I'm pleased for her that her first baking experience was in such a lovely kitchen making something that turned out so yummy!
These cookies were made from a recipe by celebrity nutritionist Martin MacDonald and contain ground almond flour as a more protein-packed alternative to plain flour. We also used two ingredients I hadn't cooked with before which were coconut oil (which according to Martin provides easy to digest slow release energy - bonus!) and Stevia which I really liked - I currently have a little bit of a Splenda habit but I'm guessing this must be better for you if Martin is recommending it.
Making these cookies was dead easy and even though we had all our ingredients weighed out for us ready before we started (what a luxury! How good would it be if you had that every time!), I reckon you could make these and have them fresh out of the oven in half an hour!
We ate our cookies for our dessert at the cookery day, and we followed the suggestion on the recipe card of breaking a freshly baked cookie up then mixing with lots of lovely TOTAL Greek Yoghurt. This was delicious, particularly when some of the oozy chocolate mixed in with some of the yoghurt in the bowl! I took the rest of my cookies home to Bailey who loved them, commenting that the almond flour gave them a nice cakey texture that you don't get from ordinary cookies. He's thinking of adapting the recipe to give to his friend and her family who are following a paleo diet.
1 tsp vanilla essence
300g ground almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
50g coconut oil
80g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. In a bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla essence together. Add the almond flour, Stevia, baking powder and salt. Stir well.
Melt the coconut oil for 1 minute in the microwave. Add to the mixture, followed by the chocolate chips. Combine completely until you get a large ball of cookie dough.
Using your hands, make little cookie shapes and place onto baking paper before baking in the oven for 15 minutes. You can serve with greek yoghurt like we did for a nice dessert!