Bacon chocolate chip cookies that are paleo, grain, gluten & dairy free.
So part of this whole food blogging gig entails submitting photos to the typical food “porn” sites. After 2+ years of this, this is what I’ve realized:
1. People aren’t looking for healthy food.
2. People like anything that says “5 ingredients or less” | “dinner in 10 minutes!” | “no bake xyz”.
3. Stuff any kind of candy bar into an already sugar & butter laden concoction and next thing you know, you’ll have 10 million visitors to your site, an image that floats around pinterest for months and probably a cookbook deal in the works.
And those 3 bullets are exactly why we are an obese (which apparently is now a disease) nation.
But I digress….
So you can imagine this little space of mine doesn’t do so well when it comes to the food sites. It can be the best picture I think I’ve ever taken and if it’s sitting next to an over-exposed oreo stuffed cupcake, it doesn’t stand a chance in hell.
It’s annoying, it can be frustrating and make me want to scream “stop being fatties!!” at my computer (and maybe sometimes I do) but I refuse to give in and put crap out there just for the viral-ability of a post.
Which brings us to these paleo chocolate chip cookies. That recipe is probably my most “viral” post on this site (oh shocker, it’s not a salad!) and I use quotations because in the grand scheme of viral-ness, it’s pathetic. Probably because they’re practically health food cookies. They’re grain free, dairy free, gluten free (and therefore paleo) and yet they taste like a million bucks. Don’t believe me? Go read the 150+ comments on that post (there’s a bit of drama too over there if you’re into that, gotta love the crazies of the internet).
So what could possibly make those cookies better?
Yep. I did. Imagine the deliciousness and then double it.
Take that, food sites.
Bacon chocolate chip cookies (grain free)
These paleo bacon chocolate chip cookies that are grain, gluten & dairy free.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (measure after melting)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon almond or coconut milk
- 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used 85%)
- 2-3 tablespoons cooked & crumbled bacon (about 2 slices)
- Preheat oven to 350 degree and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
- Combine almond flour, salt & baking soda in a medium bowl.
- Whisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add the chocolate and bacon to the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients on top. Mix with a spatula until combined.
- Wet hands and form about 11/2 tablespoons of the dough into balls. Place on the baking sheet and press down slightly.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Cookies will be very soft right out of the oven. Give them 3-5 minutes to harden up and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Sprinkling with sea salt straight out of the oven while still soft is highly recommended!
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