Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies with The Jo, The Bro and Transportation Jason

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I love cookies!

Who doesn’t?

I grew up eating cookies and “bars” in Minnesota and this has had a lasting effect on my sensitivity/addiction to sugar. You see, I lived in a house that didn’t regularly stock sweets, so when we did have them, they were eaten voraciously until extinct. For that reason, I don’t seem to have an off switch when it comes to eating sweets, or really anything for that matter. Because of my upbringing, the Zone diet is especially effective with me. It gives me guidelines, tells me what I need and when I need to stop. It also shows the glycemic punch of certain foods by contrasting their volumes with others. (i.e. you can have 1/2 Tablespoon of honey or 4 cups of spinach.)

While I am not a huge fan of “Paleo Treats,” I do have some benefit. Removing gluten is the big one for me, but removing chemicals, additives and preservatives is another. In today’s recipe, we do both. We rely on almond instead of wheat flour and look to the freezer as a preservative. These cookies freeze very well and that is where I store mine. I don’t even bother thawing them, I simply eat them straight from frozen and they do the trick.

On the subscriber page, we Zone these out and the block breakdown is staggering. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I’d encourage you to do so and join in on the Zone lesson and discussion. If that’s not reason enough, as a subscriber, you’ll have access to the full video featuring The Jo! and The Bro!, which alone is worth far more than the price of a subscription!

Speaking of kids. I want to wish a Happy Birthday to two of my favorite Culinary Ninjas in the making. These two are 14 today and are exceptionally talented in the kitchen and in life. Their parents value nutrition and are making a lasting impression on their children by teaching them the skills and principles necessary to lead a life of awesomeness. Happy Birthday, guys!

Okay. It’s Monday. I’ve got to get crackalackin’ on my list so I can continue to help set you guys up for success when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

Be sure to check out the latest details on the Thailand Trip. We’ve changed the itinerary a bit and lowered the cost. I’d love to have you join Steph and I for this experience of a lifetime!

I’ll leave you with an awesome quote that I came across recently. This one is simple but powerful:

“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”– Chinese Proverb

I hope you guys have a productive week. Make some cookies, stick them in your freezer and eat them sparingly. Work hard, work out hard, earn your ice cream, and be sure to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredient List:

  • 5 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 dark chocolate bars (3oz. each), broken into chunks

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine almond flour, coconut oil (melted), and maple syrup. Make sure that this mixture is not so hot that it melts the chocolate when you add it, which is the mistake we made in the video J.
  2. Add dark chocolate bars and fold into the almond flour mixture.
  3. Scoop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and place into a preheated 350° oven until cookies begin to toast around the edges.
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a baking rack in order to allow them to cool and crisp up. Store in a Ziploc bag in your freezer and eat sparingly. Remember, although they are gluten free, they are still cookies. Enjoy! 

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Protein:(0)

There is no animal protein in these cookies, so we’ll account for zero protein blocks

Carbohydrates:(27.33)

We have 3/4 cup of maple syrup. There are 3 teaspoons in one tablespoon and 12 tablespoons in 3/4 cup, so we have a total of 36 teaspoons. There are 2 teaspoons in one block of maple syrup, so we have a total of 18 carb blocks from the syrup.

For the chocolate, sugar/carbohydrate amounts will vary. I used 80% dark chocolate, which is 14 grams of carbs per ounce. We have a total of 6 ounces, so 84 grams of carbs from chocolate. At 9 grams per block, we come up with 9.33 carbohydrate blocks from chocolate.

Fats:(201)

Our main source of fat here is the almond flour. We have five cups total. There are 14 grams of fat in 1/4 cup, so 64 grams in one cup. At five cups, we have 320 grams of fat. At 3 grams per fat block, we have 107 blocks of fat.

We also have some fat from the chocolate. There are 17 grams of fat per ounce. We have 6 ounces, so 102 grams. At 3 grams per block, we have 34 fat blocks from chocolate.

We have 14g of fat per tablespoon of coconut oil. So, five blocks per tablespoon and a total of 12 tablespoons, so 60 fat blocks.

Balancing Act:

You may be able to see why I am not a huge fan of Paleo Desserts. I mean, does it even make sense to block these out? We’ve got a 0-1-7.5 ration of P-C-F. It would take a ton of work to balance these cookies into Zone ratios. So, how I approach it is to consider these fat bombs and, furthermore, consider them as snacks.

We got approximately 30 cookies from our batch, so each one is 6.7 blocks of fat and ~1 block of carbs. Just for fun, we could make a balanced, 3-block meal with double fat by adding 3oz. of chicken breast, and one apple to one of our “healthy” cookies.

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