“Chocolate” Chunk Cookies (AIP)

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This girl likes her cookies.

So when I found out that I would need to start following the autoimmune protocol (AIP) to help heal a leaky gut, my old-standby of Seriously Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies were a no-go.

I can tell you, it is not easy to follow this protocol. Although these cookies are good, they were still created as a treat in a way of eating that seems so limiting. Something to help everyone feel a bit more “normal” while living in a world where they can’t eat normal. In the real world of convenience foods (even the paleo/”clean” ones), restaurants and anything else created to help simplify real food for the majority of people, there are ingredients that someone on AIP cannot have. Paprika is in EVERYTHING. And even if it doesn’t say paprika, for some reason “spices” and “natural flavors” are perfectly acceptable ingredients list items, which pretty much translates to me as “don’t even bother.”

So having been AIP just over a month now, I feel the need for normalcy. I’ll be honest and say I’ve cried a few tears in my kitchen. I’ve sobbed while washing the thousandth dish that week since I am literally cooking every dang day. I know I am not alone.

And I just want a cookie.

(did you just picture me on the floor, pounding my fists on the ground, having a tantrum??)

Out of desperation, comes yumminess for you guys as well. I hope you like it!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This sweet treat is a tasty dessert for not only those following an AIP diet, but also for those with gluten and dairy allergies or intolerances. Carob is great chocolate alternative, and also provides a bit of fiber and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin D.

The gelatin used in this recipe provides a bit of protein, and can also help in promoting hair and nail growth, improve digestion, and help with joint pain relief.

“Chocolate” Chunk Cookies (AIP)

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients

2/3 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon gelatin
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup palm shortening
1/4 cup maple syrup, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heaping 1/2 cup-full of homemade carob chips (recipe below)

Carob Chips (makes 2 cups)
1/2 cup palm shortening
1/2 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons coconut sugar, blended or processed to “powdered” form
1/3 cup carob powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pinches of sea salt

Instructions

For carob chips:
1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the palm shortening and coconut butter.
2. Add in the coconut sugar and stir until dissolved (most likely it will not dissolve completely, but hey, we can try).
3. Remove from heat and stir in the carob powder, vanilla and sea salt.
4. Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish or pan and put in the freezer for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from the freezer and using a sharp knife, cut the mixture into chocolate-chip sized chunks (the mixture should still be fairly soft and easy to run a knife through). Return to the freezer to completely harden.
6. Once ready to use for the first time, using the pre-cut lines, break the “chocolate” into separate chunks.

For cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine tapioca flour, coconut flour, gelatin, coconut sugar, salt and baking soda.
3. In a small bowl, melt the palm shortening and then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.
4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
5. Mix in the homemade carob chips (or chocolate chips) and let cool (or pop in the refrigerator for 10 minutes).
6. Divide batter into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Place the dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten to about 3/4″ tall.
7. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
8.Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before putting on a cookie rack to cool completely.

For carob chips: 1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the palm shortening and coconut butter. 2. Add in the coconut sugar and stir until dissolved (most likely it will not dissolve completely, but hey, we can try). 3. Remove from heat and stir in the carob powder, vanilla and sea salt. 4. Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish or pan and put in the freezer for 20 minutes. 5. Remove from the freezer and using a sharp knife, cut the mixture into chocolate-chip sized chunks (the mixture should still be fairly soft and easy to run a knife through). Return to the freezer to completely harden. 6. Once ready to use for the first time, using the pre-cut lines, break the “chocolate” into separate chunks. For cookies: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a medium sized bowl, combine tapioca flour, coconut flour, gelatin, coconut sugar, salt and baking soda. 3. In a small bowl, melt the palm shortening and then stir in the maple syrup and vanilla. 4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. 5. Mix in the homemade carob chips (or chocolate chips) and let cool (or pop in the refrigerator for 10 minutes). 6. Divide batter into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Place the dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten to about 3/4″ tall. 7. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. 8.Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before putting on a cookie rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 214; Total Fat: 12 g; Saturated Fat: 7 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0  mg; Sodium: 365  mg; Potassium: 23 mg; Carbohydrate: 26 g;  Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 13 g; Protein: 1 g
Nutrition Bonus:
 Iron: 5%; Calcium: 1%
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3 thoughts on ““Chocolate” Chunk Cookies (AIP)

  1. Misti

    These are a winner! I switched out the tapioca starch for arrowroot… Worked fine! 😉 I need to learn karate moves to keep my kids out of them 😂😂

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  2. Melissa

    Hi, can I replace the Gelatine with something else ?
    Also what can I use instead of Palm shortening ? Will coconut oil work ?
    Thanks

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