One thing I feel like needs to be said as I’m posting all these cookie recipes is that these are paleo recipes, not autoimmune protocol compliant recipes. I have been following the autoimmune protocol (AIP) on and off for a year and honestly, I feel very little difference when I am avoiding eggs, nuts, seeds and nightshades than when I’m not. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s easier to be less restrictive in my cooking and eating. On the other hand, I’d rather see a clear difference in how I feel when I eat eggs, for example, compared to when I don’t. Whether these foods are affecting my level of inflammation is yet to be seen and that is frustrating.
So for this holiday season, I’m posting paleo cookie recipes. There are AIP friendly flours that I am experimenting with, such as cassava and water chestnut, but they are more expensive than most paleo flours and are not as easily available. It’s important to me that I post recipes that are within reach of everyone. If you read a list of ingredients in a recipe and see that over half of them are things you don’t have in your pantry or can’t find in your local store or have never even heard of, I think you’re less likely to try that recipe. And I want you to try these recipes!
Now, on to the cookies!
Way back when my kids were itty-bitty, I was in a meal exchange group with a bunch of women from my church. We all had young kids and were struggling to get good, healthy meals on the table. So once a month we would each cook up a storm, then get together to swap our meals. Everyone came away with 8-10 dinners ready to pop out of the freezer and into the oven. It was a true life saver during those busy days with very little ones.
One year, we all decided that for our December meal exchange, we would do a cookie swap as well. My dear friend, Meg, showed up with these raspberry almond bars and my family was over the moon for them at the very first taste. I was actually a little bitter that we only got a few of them at the exchange. Thankfully, Meg was very generous and gave me the recipe and I’ve been making it every Christmas since.
This recipe was at the top of the “must convert to paleo” list and I’m so thankful that they turned out really, really close to the original.
I sent a batch of these with my son to his youth group Christmas party last night. The reviews were mixed.
My husband was thrilled that more than half of them came home. That might seem like a failure, but he was thrilled they were not eaten. More for him. He’s kind of selfish. We’re working on that.
When my son’s friend got in the car and I commented that not many of the cookies were eaten, he said, “Yeah, kids don’t want that healthy stuff.” Ha! Gotta love the honesty of children. I suppose if I had not labeled them gluten free, dairy free and egg free, more would have been consumed. Oh well. Worked out great for us in the end!
So just ignore what the kids said and know these are amazing!
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.