Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie

This recipe is courtesy of Rebecca Katz, a cook and award winning cookbook author.  Enjoy!


½ cup organic coconut palm sugar

1 organic egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 cup organic unsalted almond butter

1 cup dark chocolate chips (70% cacao)

¼ cup cocoa nibs

⅛ teaspoon fleur de sel or another large crystal salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add the almond butter stirring to combine. Incorporate the chocolate chips and cocoa nibs. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, evenly space scoops of the mixture on the baking sheet. Press down with a spatula or back of the spoon to slightly flatten. Sprinkle each cookie with a bit of fleur de sel. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, until the cookies bounce back when touched. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then using a spatula transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool for another 10 minutes.

About Dark Chocolate:

  • Theobroma cacao is the plant from which the cocoa bean (also known as the cacao bean or simply cocoa) is extracted. It is native to Central America.
  • The cocoa bean is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed.
  • There are several types of chocolate, each with different proportions of cocoa solids and cocoa butter-- dark chocolate has a much higher percentage of cocoa in it.
  • The fat contained in dark chocolate is stearic acid, a type of saturated fat that does not raise cholesterol levels.

Nutrient Profile:

  • Flavanols like catechin, epicatechin, and procyanidin
  • Antioxidants

Health Benefits:

  • Lowered risk of heart disease
  • Decrease in systolic blood pressure
  • Decrease in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • Increase in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)
  • Improved blood vessel health
  • Reduced stickiness of platelets
  • Diabetes health benefits including a decrease in fasting insulin levels, improvement in insulin resistance, borderline improvement in fasting glucose
  • Decreased risk of stroke
  • Decreased risk of cancer

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