Healthy cookie recipes might seem counterintuitive, but there are plenty of delicious cookie recipes out there made with healthy ingredients. At Vital Proteins, we strive to create recipes that are full of real, whole foods that don’t contain any refined sugars and processed ingredients. Date sugar is now widely available in many markets and is a great alternative to other forms of sugar, including natural sweeteners like coconut sugar. Date sugar comes in a granulated form, so you don’t have to do the hard work of grinding up a bunch of dates in your blender. Dates are highly regarded in the nutrition world because they contain lots of insoluble fiber as well as other vital nutrients that give health and energy.
To keep this Paleo cookie skillet in the healthy cookie recipes category, I used Vanilla Collagen Creamer not only for the vanilla bean flavor, but for the healthy fats from coconut milk and the protein content from collagen peptides. Fats from coconut milk help keep you satiated and provide an energy boost. Meanwhile, consuming collagen helps your body support its supply of collagen, since it is the most abundant protein in the body and makes up much of skin, joints, bones and muscle.
Almond flour is a favorite baking staple here at Vital Proteins. It is naturally gluten free and provides a good source of vitamin E, as well as protein, dietary fiber and healthy fats. Since it is neutral in flavor, it is a great replacement for wheat and other flours in baking. Generally speaking, if you want to replace all-purpose wheat flour with almond flour, the ratio is 1:2 all-purpose flour to almond flour. So replacing one cup of all-purpose flour will generally require two cups of almond flour, but it can vary slightly from recipe to recipe.
If you’re stuck inside this winter and getting cabin fever, consider baking some healthy cookie recipes, including this cookie skillet. It is definitely worth sharing with friends and family, and don’t be shy about eating it straight from the skillet. This warm Paleo cookie will melt right in your mouth and warm you up!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet
Yields 8 servings
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- ½ C date sugar
- ½ C coconut oil
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Creamer
- ¼ t ground cinnamon
- ½ t sea salt
- ½-1 C dark chocolate chips
- Flaked sea salt, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, date sugar and coconut oil until smooth and creamy.
- Add in almond flour, Vanilla Collagen Creamer, ground cinnamon and sea salt and whisk until well-combined.
- Fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Pour cookie batter into a 10-inch cast iron skillet.
- Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for at least 5 minutes.
- Top with flaked sea salt, if desired.