BY: Lively Staff

July 16, 2017

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from SNAP Kitchen

Everyone’s favorite cookie just got healthier with these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!

When you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to add to your waistline, look no further than these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Snap Kitchen. With the same great taste as your grandmother’s recipe from your childhood, you won’t even realize that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are actually packed with nutrients and natural ingredients.

Made with Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen, these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies offer protein, vitamins, and minerals that would otherwise be lost in a traditional recipe. Bone Broth Collagen offers 9 grams of collagen protein, chondroitin sulfate which aids in digestion, and hyaluronic acid which supports healthy hair, skin, and nails.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil

You have probably heard of beauty products containing coconut oil for smoother skin or healthier hair, but coconut oil also has rewarding benefits when ingested, too!  Replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil is a great choice due to coconut oil’s content of medium chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids that move directly to the liver from the digestive tract, creating a quick source of energy (1).  Medium chain triglycerides have also been shown to encourage satiety, which ultimately helps with weight management (2).

Benefits of Almond Meal

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies not only eliminate the use of traditional white flour, but it’s replacement is packed with nutrients!  Almond flour has many health benefits and is a great substitute for white flour when baking.  Just one cup of almond flour contains more than 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin E, which research has shown helps to encourage a healthy metabolism (3).  Even better, almond flour can promote high energy levels, as the Vitamin B12–found in high amounts in almonds–plays an essential role in energy production (4).  

Benefits of Arrowroot

Arrowroot is an excellent source for promoting digestion, as it is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins including thiamin and niacin, and several minerals including iron, copper, manganese and zinc (5). This gluten-free starch holds the highest serving of protein per serving compared to that of other starches and flours, making it a perfect food for digestion (12).

Benefits of Maple Syrup

Sure, maple syrup is delicious on a stack of pancakes but did you know that it can provide your body with powerful antioxidants as well?  Research has shown that this natural sweetener contains a surprisingly high antioxidant content, which can aid in eliminating free radicals and help to promote a healthy inflammatory response (6).  Make sure you’re selecting natural maple syrup instead of the sugar-filled supermarket brands in the breakfast aisle!

Benefits of Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen

Bone Broth Collagen is not only a source of protein, but it also contributes to maintaining healthy gut (7), boost the immune system (7, 9), support sleep function (10), promote healthy metabolism (8), and boost detoxification (11).  Bone Broth Collagen is provides collagen, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.  Beef Bone Broth Collagen contains 9g protein per serving, 390mg Chondroitin Sulfate, and 50 mg Hyaluronic Acid, while the Chicken Bone Broth Collagen contains 9g protein per serving, 267mg Chondroitin Sulfate, and 50mg Hyaluronic Acid.

Benefits of Vanilla Bean 

Vanilla is more than just a flavor of ice cream! Research has shown that vanilla contains antioxidant properties to promote a healthy inflammatory response and boost the immune system (13). These antioxidants help the body to eliminate free radicals and support cells (14).

Snap Kitchen and Vital Proteins Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 3 oz Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal
  2. 1 oz Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Flour Mix
  3. 1.5 oz Coconut Oil
  4. ½ tsp Salt
  5. 1/8 tsp Arrowroot
  6. ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  7. 3 oz Maple Syrup
  8. 2 scoops Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen Unflavored Chicken
  9. 1 ea Vanilla Bean, scraped
  10. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  11. 2.5 oz Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees.
  2. In a small sauce pan, add Vital Proteins Bone Broth, maple syrup and split and scraped vanilla bean pod.
  3. Over low heat, allow the vanilla bean and the bone broth to infuse into the maple syrup. (10 minutes). The collagen does not need to fully dissolve. Set aside to cool completely before proceeding.
  4. Sift almond flour and paleo flour and reserve.
  5. Sift salt, baking soda and arrowroot together, and reserve.
  6. Working with a paddle attachment in a standing mixer, “cream” almond flour and coconut oil. You are looking for a homogenous mixture here…
  7. Add the infused maple syrup, vanilla, salt, baking soda and arrowroot.
  8. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  9. Fold in chocolate chips.
  10. Portion into 1 oz balls and lightly press down onto parchment lined sheet tray.
  11. Refrigerate for 1 hour before baking.
  12. Bake at 300F degrees, low fan for 10-12 minutes, rotating pan as necessary.
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