Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Almond butter chocolate chip cookies (Free of dairy, grain, soy)

Love is in the air:  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means millions of people will spend countless dollars on chocolates, flowers, and cards to show that special person how much they are loved.  Personally, I’d rather my guy treat me to an experience in which we can share together and recall the memories for years to come;  material things pale in comparison.

One way to show your love and appreciation for your loved one is to prepare dinner for the two of you to enjoy together. Set the mood by dimming the lights.  Getting physical in the kitchen can ignite the slow burn later that night, if you know what I mean.  Consider serving your lover this easy salmon entree.  Or if red meat is more your speed, this rib-eye steak recipe will satisfy completely. After the main course, serve these cookies up warm, fresh out of the oven.  Then get on with the intimate festivities planned the rest of the night – satisfaction guaranteed!

These cookies are a dream come true for someone looking for a sweet, soft, chewy, decadent treat without dairy, grain, and soy.  If you have food intolerances or health reasons to avoid dairy, gluten and soy, make sure to choose a chocolate chip brand that does not contain these common allergens.  Enjoy Life chocolate chips are dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free.  Score!

Bonus:  cooking video!! Because sometimes we prefer videos over words…

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 25 cookies.

Ingredients

.almond butter chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the baking sheet with a small pat of coconut oil.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together almond butter, coconut oil, and honey.  Beat in egg and vanilla.

wet ingredients w/ egg & vanilla

wet ingredients w/ egg & vanilla

3.  In a small bowl, combine almond meal and baking soda.  Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.

dry ingredients mixed together

dry ingredients mixed together

mixing wet and dry together

mixing dry with wet ingredients

batter mixed

addictive cookie batter!

4.  Scoop the dough 1 tablespoon at a time and roll into balls.  Set the balls on the baking sheet and flatten them with a fork.  Bake for 10 minutes until the edges just start browning.  Becareful not to overbake or they will be dry.

rolled into balls, flatten with fork  on baking sheet

roll into balls, flatten with fork

cookies baked on cookie sheet

cookies baked on cookie sheet

cookies n coconut milk

cookies with ice-cold coconut milk (truly hits the spot!)

that's one large yummy bite

that’s one large yummy bite

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Dairy-free)

Ladies, why must we crave chocolate during that precious time of the month?  I’m not even a huge chocolate fan but on days leading up to my monthly menstrual flow, I crave chocolate, almost without fail — I can’t eat or think about eating anything else. Thankfully, all I need is a little bit then, magically, all becomes well again, cravings turn off.

Turns out chocolate cravings may be linked to changing hormonal levels prior to a woman’s menstrual cycle.  In addition, chocolate contains the trace mineral magnesium, which may be low in women prior to and during the monthly flow which may explain the body’s sudden urge for a sweet chocolate treat.  Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal which helps in bone growth and has a vital role in normal functioning of muscles. It is also helpful in reducing menstrual pain.

Chocolate can be a healthy choice when its in its darkest form which is higher in antioxidants and minerals and lower in sugar, carbohydrates and additives than milk or white chocolate.  For the best health benefits, go for varieties that offer 70% or higher cacao.

This chocolate avocado yogurt recipe is the perfect indulgence.   It uses pure unsweetened cocoa and is sweetened with a touch of raw honey.  Make sure to choose raw honey which contains a mix of vitamins and digestive enzymes – important nutrients that commercial supermarket, pasteurized honey lacks.

This dairy-free chocolate avocado pudding is a delightful creamy, smooth, and  chocolaty decadence that will leave you happy, satisfied, and guilt-free.  Ladies, embrace the goodness.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

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Instructions

1.  Add all ingredients to food processor and process until creamy and smooth.

2.  Spoon into bowl. Eat.

choco avocado pudding

Serves 2.

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