Grain free baking is so easy once you’ve stocked your pantry with a few key ingredients and a great starting point is Bob’s Red Mill Paleo baking flour. I’ve done a lot of baking with a whole mix of flours but for anyone starting out this blend just makes it so easy for you. If you use almond flour or coconut flour on their own, your baking will be gluggy and heavy, but if you use too much arrowroot or tapioca flour, you are heading too far into high starch and high carb territory. So a blend is the perfect compromise.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- ½ cup hazelnut butter (or other nut blend)
- 1 scoop (25 grams) vanilla whey protein concentrate (sweetened with stevia)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp clove powder
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 ½ Cups Bob’s Redmill Paleo baking flour (or equiv mix of mostly almond flour plus a few tbs each of coconut flour and arrowroot flour)
- pinch of salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- Blend butter and hazelnut butter together until smooth.
- Mix in vanilla and zest, then add 2 eggs.
- Mix together well with a fork .
- Stir in 1 scoop of protein plus spices, mix well, then slowly add flour ½ cup at a time along with salt and baking soda.
- Don’t overmix, you should be able to form balls that aren’t too sticky.
- Form into 12 round balls and place on cookie sheet. Rest in fridge for 45 minutes ( optional for chewier cookie).
- Bake at 325 for 12-15 mins.
Chocolate topping: Melt half a block of Green and Black’s 85% dark (or other favourite dark chocolate) in a metal or glass bowl that is set over a pot of shallow simmering water. Make sure the chocolate doesn’t touch any of the water or heat directly. Stir constantly until melted, add a tsp of butter, then using a spoon drizzle back and forth over the cookies. I’m not a very technical cook, definitely stick to basics, so do feel free to get creative!
I imagine these cookies would also be delicious with a gooey ganache style icing. Or cream cheese?
You decide. My part of the job is done when we are grain free and sugar free loves. Goal achieved! I hope to inspire, and leave the rest to you:)
Happy holiday baking!