Primal Coconut CookieWell figures I’d kick off the first recipe on this site with something that has been difficult for me to give up– the cookie. Store-bought cookies have not been a part of my life for almost 2 years now, so this is not something difficult for me. Rather, what has been a challenge has been NOT to make cookies on a weekly basis. Well fear not, this object of love is pretty innocuous to a workout regimen– IN MODERATION. Yes folks, this is not the open door policy to sit in front of the tele and scarf these down. This is an object to keep those hunger pangs down, or fuel a great workout. My version was a trial and error and I am open to your suggestions on how I can make these better.

Let’s talk about cookies.

The Wiki says this about cookies:

In the United States and Canada, a cookie is a small, flat-baked treat, containing milk, flour, eggs, and sugar, etc. In most English-speaking countries outside North America, the most common word for this is biscuit; in many regions both terms are used, while in others the two words have different meanings—a cookie is a plain bun in Scotland, while in the United States a biscuit is a kind of quick bread similar to a scone.

Ok, so this object of goodness that causes one to spike insulin, cause a rush of energy with usually nowhere to go (except on Sprinting days, of course), and are just another excess piece of nutrition that we really do not need. As much as I preach this, I myself do not live by this standard. It’s hard. Long day of working; hunger pangs; simple reach for a carrot. But a cookie however is a sweet reward for that effort of the “kill.” A way to say, “Atta boy! Nice job at the office! Here’s a cookie.”

Recipe went something like this:

Primal Cookie – Nut and Cherries

  • 2c Almonds Raw
  • 2 whole eggs
  • pinch of K salt
  • 1tsp honey (or not)
  • 1/4c coconut milk (yes organic)
  • Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cardamom to taste
  • 1T vanilla (optional)
  • 1T coconut oil
    For Filling I used:

  • Coconut shavings
  • 1/4c dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat eggs with honey, spices, and vanilla. Add almonds to food processor or coffee grinder in batches to make flour. Combine rest of ingredients. Spoon cookies on cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. Mine took longer because I was tinkering with them and opening the door. What you are looking for is a solid mass that is no longer a dough. Let cool and place in a container. You may want to refrigerate them. They come out dry, but once cooled they have consistency of most energy bars. I’ll try to crunch the numbers later when I get some time.

— Daniel Merk

POSTED BY Daniel Merk | 07:07pm 19th-Jan, 2010