Double Chocolate Mint Paleo Cookies are a healthy alternative to the thin mint cookie, are made from wholesome natural ingredients and taste like Christmas in a cookie! They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free (without candy cane!)
The Best Cookie Recipes
Who has been loving cookie week as much as me?! I knew ever since last year that I wanted to do a cookie week this year because holiday baking is my all time favorite. So far this year we have made snickerdoodles, gingersnaps and healthy peanut butter blossoms!
Growing up we always had the best cookie situation. My mom would spend so much time in the kitchen with us baking as many cookies as possible and then she would attend a cookie exchange where she would make 6 dozen cookies and then come home with the same amount but all different cookies.
And this year I’m taking the job of making all the cookies since her cookie exchange no longer meets.
Just Like The Great British Baking Show
But I enjoy that so much, especially because it means I get to put on The Great British Baking Show while baking and just get to work in the kitchen doing my favorite thing, baking.
Is anyone else watching this show right now?! I am completely and utterly obsessed with it and cannot believe I wasn’t watching it earlier. We started watching it when we were at Tom’s house for Thanksgiving and I have seriously been obsessed with it ever since.
For those who haven’t been watching or have no idea what I’m talking about, if you have Netflix, you need to be watching it or at least putting it on as background noise! It’s almost like MasterChef but all baking and they are British, which automatically makes them so much nicer than Americans.
But seriously, they treat each other so nicely and it’s a friendly competition! Plus I’ve seriously learned so much about baking that I never would have known. Each episode they are in charge of making three different desserts. One signature bake, one technical bake, and one showstopper, each which sound exactly as they are.
My favorite is either the technical, where they have to nail a perfect simple recipe like a breaded braid, a certain cake, or a simple tart. The showstopper is one where they get to let their creativity shine and make something that is really a ‘showstopper’.
I highly highly recommend watching this show! And then letting it inspire you enough to make these paleo double chocolate mint cookies. They are seriously amazing, perfectly minty, and filled with chocolate goodness!
They are made completely gluten-free, are free of dairy and are completely refined sugar-free!
If you make these paleo double chocolate mint cookies, please let me know! And be sure to tag #ELWCookieWeek on Instagram
How to Make Paleo Cookies
I love eating Paleo. One of my favorite Paleo desserts is my almond butter blondies.
Paleo is basically another way of saying you eat completely whole ingredients, as close to their original form as possible. It’s like the Paleolithic or caveman, would have eaten.
So when you bake Paleo desserts, you want to use unrefined, unprocessed ingredients if you can.
What’s In My Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies
For these cookies, I used the following whole ingredients.
- Nut Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Peppermint Extract
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Soda
- Chocolate Chips
What Type of Almond Flour Should You Use?
Always use almond flour when you bake. Almond meal flour has a different texture and will alter the appearance and feel of your cookies.
Almond meal flour is made from grinding up the almonds with the skins.
They take the skins off the almonds when they make almond flour. So it comes out in a lighter appearance and with a lighter texture too.
Is Chocolate Paleo?
Chocolate has lots of health benefits associated with it. When you are trying to decide of something is Paleo-friendly, the biggest question should be, “could the caveman eat it?”
No, the caveman didn’t have access to chocolate chips. However, they did have access to cocoa beans, so that ingredient could have been consumed by them.
It’s a pretty loose interpretation of Palo to make chocolate cookies. So try to use dairy-free chocolate chips with as much dark chocolate as possible.
Candy Canes are definitely not Paleo-friendly. I used them as a festive topping. But if you are trying to be strict with your Paleo diet, omit the candy canes.
- 1/4 cup nut butter (I used almond)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dairy free if desired)
- 1/2 cup melted chocolate
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.
- Whisk in egg and then add in vanilla and peppermint extract.
- In a large bowl, mix almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
- Once fully combined, let sit for 15 minutes for flours to absorb liquid.
- Roll into balls and flatten with hand onto baking sheet.
- Add chocolate chips to top.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until slightly firm to touch.
- Let cool completely.
- Once cooled, melt chocolate and dip one half of cookie into chocolate and then into crushed candy cane pieces. They will contain added sugar if you use candy cane.
- Let set and store at room temperature for up to one week.
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