Today seems like a good day for a treat doesn’t it? Well you’re in luck. Allow me to introduce you to Taylor from Taylor Made It Paleo. She’s a fellow Columbus tall girl and although we haven’t met in person *YET*, we’ve bonded over our love of Crossfit, the Buckeyes, froyo and delicious food. I don’t care whether you eat paleo or not (I clearly don’t), you should be following this girl’s blog. She’s an instagram phenom and she makes the most DELICIOUS food in the kitchen- like this chocolate coconut cashew butter, or these almond butter cookie dough truffles or these walnut raisin cinnamon rolls! Plus she is hilarious. Like I literally laugh out loud in my kitchen when I read her posts.
Go check out her blog, then come back to read more about these delicious cookies she’s sharing with you guys!
Hey Bean readers! Taylor here from Taylor Made It Paleo. I’m so excited to be doing a guest post for Lindsay while she’s out at the CrossFit Games. And also extremely jealous of her. It will be almost the same watching them on TV from my living room, right? I thought so.
So from the name of my blog, some of you may have guessed that I eat paleo (a diet based on meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats without grains, dairy, legumes, and refined sugars). If you did, you are right. I do eat paleo. Most of the time. But I also eat frozen yogurt. And I also love making naughty-looking treats from paleo ingredients, which some people frown upon. But I am a full on supporter of paleo goodies. So if that doesn’t make me a real “cavegirl,” then I’m okay with that. But it’s what works for me.
I started eating this way about a year ago. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I was ten years old (I’m now 21), and my blood sugars are the best they’ve ever been since going paleo, and I feel great. That’s why I do it. I’ve done Whole30s (30 days of extremely strict paleo with no “cheating” and definitely no paleo goodies) and other strict forms of the diet, which I by no means discourage anyone from trying. But, I’m glad that I have recently found more of a balance, and created a style of paleo that works for me. That’s the great thing about it. You can make your own version. And my version just so happens to include dessert.
Which is where these cookies come in. Now, I get it. You’re probably thinking paleo cookies?! What are they going to taste like? Cardboard and vegetables? Stop that. I promise after you try them, you will be shocked and won’t even believe they are paleo at all. Actually, you’ll probably be so impressed that it will make you want to become a caveman yourself. Okay, I may have taken that too far. But I can promise you there is no hint of cardboard or vegetables in these babies.
Chunky Monkey Paleo CookiesPrint
Chunky Monkey Paleo Cookies
You don’t have to sacrifice taste with these delicious paleo treats. And with a recipe so simple, a caveman in the kitchen couldn’t mess these cookies up!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 15
- 1 cup chunky sunflowerseed butter (or other nut butter)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup (ripe) banana, mashed (about 1 large banana)
- 2 tbsp Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter (or other chocolate nut butter)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or other nut)
- 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks (or dark chocolate chunks, the darker, the better!)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine all ingredients (adding pecans and chocolate chunks last) in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.
- Using a large spoon, scoop batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (making sure you leave plenty of room in between each).
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes, then completely cool on wire rack.
Delicious right?! Huge thanks to Taylor for sharing. I cannot wait to make these. Plus, I heard that even her dad liked them…and he usually runs away from Paleo goodies!
Cookies or cake? Which do you prefer?