Cheat Day Recipe: Coconut, Almond, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I LOVE baking. I do it often and bring what I bake to gatherings with friends so I don’t eat it all or force my boyfriend to! Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for my excellent chocolate chip cookies. I decided to explore a healthier and all-around more amazing version of my recipe for this post. Coconut is God’s greatest gift to this earth, so that was the first thing I decided to add. The combination of coconut and chocolate just can’t be beat. After coconut, almond seemed like an obvious choice. I also included chia seeds to add just a little more nutritional value to these delicious treats!

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Ingredients: 

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour          1 cup firmly packed brown sugar          1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla  ext.                         1 cup granulated sugar in the raw         2 eggs

1/3 tsp almond ext.                        2/3 package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp baking soda                            1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)

1/2 Tbls Chia seeds                        3/4-1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup coconut oil

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl, set aside. Combine both sugars, butter, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract until smooth and creamy.

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Add the eggs and beat briefly. Add your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Now add the chocolate chips, chia seeds and coconut flakes and mix.

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Drop heaping spoonfuls of the dough onto a pan lightly greased with coconut oil. Bake for 7-10 minutes. I ALWAYS take them out early, but bake to your preference of course!

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Tips:

-Use all coconut oil and no butter for an even healthier and more coconut-ty flavor.

-Make one tray of cookies and save the rest of the batter in the fridge if you like fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies!

-Slightly melt the butter for thinner, crispier cookies.

-Use just almond or just vanilla extract if you prefer one flavor over the other.

-Add sliced almonds or pecans or walnuts if you love nuts.

-Use as many organic ingredients as possible!

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Enjoy!

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