(courtesy of the Merrymaker Sisters )

We have forever been searching for the perfect paleo cookies. Several faileos (too hard, tastes like cardboard, crumbles + falls apart = gross) later, here it is! Our (to date) favourite paleo cookies! We like ours soft + chewy but if you bake them a little longer they will go crunchy. Hooray!

makes: 12    prep time: 10 minutes    bake time: 15 minutes

stuff you need…

  • 1 ½ cups almond meal
  • ¾ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup macadamias chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs. Natvia
  • 120g coconut oil melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

now what…

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius + line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • In a bowl, combine the almond meal, coconut, macadamia nuts, coconut sugar + Natvia.
  • In a blender (we use our Vitamix) whiz the melted coconut oil, eggs + vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the coconut oil/egg mix to the dry ingredients + stir until combined.
  • Place tablespoons of mixture onto the prepared baking tray, at least 2cm apart.
  • Sprinkle the cookies with a few extra crushed macadamias.
  • Place into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take the cookies out of the oven + allow to cool.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Why are macadamia nuts good for me?

  • macadamias contain a combo of nutrients + antioxidants that protect the heart, brain + body.
  • the antioxidants de-activate ‘free radicals’. These damage our cells + contribute to chronic disease, less free radicals = good.
  • they contain arginine (an essential amino acid) which keeps our blood vessels relaxed + flexible (we want this!), they also help with spreading optimal blood supply to the body (including the brain!).
  • macadamias DON’T spike your GI level.
  • they have 2g of fibre per 30g serving… aka digestion regularity (yes, they help you poop!).
  • macadamias are a great source of Vitamin B – this helps our bodies get energy out of food as well as the function of our nervous system.
  • magnesium in macadamias is good for nerve/muscle function (+ recovery) + bone strength.
  • macadamias contain copper! Which improves our immunity + gives us healthy skin + hair.
  • the most important reason to eat macadamias… THEY TASTE AMAZING (especially in our paleo cookies!).
  • With all these benefits (+ the taste factor) what are you waiting for?! Grab some macadamias + whip up a batch of our paleo cookies (you really will thank us for this one!).

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