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Flourless: Double chocolate chip cookies, or Brownie bites

Since discovering that you can indeed make cookies without flour, I've been excited to try other recipes using almond meal. Coincidentally, I've been looking over my old photos, thinking about posting them with the recipes on this blog. One of the recipes I most enjoyed was this one; however, I was loathe to just post the recipe, and wanted to do some adjustments like reducing the butter and sugar, which I would of course have to test before posting said adjustments.

What better occasion to try another almond meal cookie? :)

I admit that I was a little worried about how it would turn out. Not only was I just replacing the flour with almond meal, I was also subbing oil for butter (a supposed no-no in recipes that call for creaming the butter and sugar, like this one) and reducing the sugars called for. The method also differs a little from the original of course, since there is no creaming involved. When I made them following the aforementioned recipe faithfully, I remember thinking, "oh wow! These are just like brownies, in a handy easy-to-transport-and-eat package! WIN!" So I put this together the way I do my brownies, just by stirring the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. So there was the worry that it would turn out really horribly dense as well.

But! I'm delighted to be able to say that I had no cause for concern, as the cookies turned out beautifully! They were surprisingly light, even lighter than when I made the cookies using the original recipe, but also did not have too 'cakey' a texture.

Another almond meal success! :D Note though, that though almond meal makes things low-carb, it doesn't mean low-calorie. In fact, almond meal is higher in calories than white all-purpose flour. For example, the almond meal has a total of 500 more calories than the AP flour for the amount called for here (2 3/4 cups). And of course, nuts are high in fat, even if it's good fat! Just be aware of the trade-offs we make when we use things like almond meal instead of flour. :)

Flourless: Double chocolate chip cookies, or Brownie bites (makes 40-44 cookies)
adapted from b. sweet

- 2 3/4 cups (about 250g) almond meal
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) white sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup chocolate chips

1) Combine almond meal, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, and white sugar, in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

2) Add oil, egg, egg whites, and vanilla essence. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

3) Stir the chopped nuts and chocolate chips through the mixture, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

4) Pre-heat oven to 190C (375F), and line your baking trays with parchment paper.

5) Roll dough into 1-inch balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on the trays. They'll expand but won't spread too much.

6) Bake 8-10 minutes, until cookies are puffed and tops are cracked. Mine were perfect at 8 and burned slightly on the bottom at 10, so watch yours carefully as it depends on the oven.

7) Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. They're a bit delicate right out of the oven, so be careful with them.

Calories: if recipe makes 43 cookies, then calories per cookie = 118


I just made these without mixed nuts (because I had none), and they turned out delicious. Instead of chocolate chips I chopped up 1/2 a block of Lindt almond dark chocolate and topped each cookie with an almond as well. Just to stick with the theme.

They took me twice as long to bake, though. Probably because I have an underpowered oven with only one element.