I’m not much of a night owl in my middle-aged days… I’m just not. By 10pm most nights, you will find me finishing my bedtime snack, taking the vitamins and probiotics my (gracefully?) aging body can no longer function without, and getting ready to snuggle into my bed. I used to fight it, rebelliously hanging onto my “young adult” mindset. Nope. Not anymore. Shamelessly.
Yet, here I am. It it 9:57pm and I am sitting in my favorite armchair writing a blog post because I am THAT DAMN EXCITED to share these cookies with you. True story. In my newly discovered world of Paleo baking, these Almond Joy Cookies rank right up there with my Faith-Restoring Double Chocolate Cupcakes you all loved so much.
Back to bedtime snacks for a few minutes… I have always had a sweet tooth. For as long as I can remember, I need to have a little something sweet sometime after dinner and before bed. It’s my reward to myself for successful (ish) adulting all day long. That bedtime snack was the first thing I immediately missed in the first few days of treading the unknown waters of my Celiac diagnosis, when I still really had no idea what the hell to eat.
I have faithfully been relying on some delicious no-bake cookies, made with gluten-free oats, coconut, and cocoa powder. (Those are a post for another day.) While those are delicious, a girl who loves to bake can only do so many NO BAKE cookies… seriously.
I have been playing around with gluten-free flour combinations trying to find one that can more closely replicate the texture provided by all-purpose flour in baking recipes. I think I have found one that works- almond flour, coconut flour, and tapioca flour. The almond flour, in my opinion, is the best substitute in baking for regular flour, but the coconut flour and tapioca flour are needed for lift and fluff. Those are the technical terms, by the way…
These Paleo Almond Joy Cookies are absolutely everything a cookie should be. They are soft and chewy, almost reminiscent of a macaroon, full of texture from the coconut, and studded with rich chocolate and almond. They are sure to fulfill my bedtime snack needs, and I feel pretty confident that I found a perfect base to adapt to various new cookie endeavors.
Paleo Almond Joy Cookies
Paleo Almond Joy Cookies (Inspired by Healthy Food for Living)
3 C almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp tapioca flour
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 C honey
3/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C dairy-free chocolate chips
1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey, 2 eggs, and both extracts.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until tops of cookies are beginning to lightly brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack.
- Store in an airtight container.
- I found the honey in this recipe provides just the right amount of sweetness. It shines subtly in the background while letting the coconut, almond, and chocolate lead front and center.
- A stand mixer makes this already simple recipe even more low-maintenance. Use the whisk attachment and let the dry ingredients mix together on low while you combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- These could definitely bake at 350 degrees F for less time; however, I find that the lower temps work better with the almond flour, which has the tendency to brown quickly.
All of the kids loved these, even the ones who are not really coconut fans. They really are the longlost cookie twin of an Almond Joy candy bar, which I have missed dearly. I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!