So Derek and I are on a bit of a “lifestyle change,” as he likes to call it.  I call it a diet, but either way I’m actually enjoying it.  I didn’t think I would, I like my food!  We decided to change how we’ve been eating since we are getting married on July 25th (so close!) and wanted to get into the best shape possible.

After doing a bit of research, we started the Paleo diet.  Essentially what that means is we are eating grain- and dairy-free.  Which isn’t as difficult as it sounds.  The hardest part was giving up bread.  I love my bread and bagels and muffins and allllll those good things.  And cookies.  I especially love cookies.

So I wanted to share with you the ultimate secret to sticking with a new diet.  The answer?  These grain- and dairy-free sugar cookies.

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This recipe makes: 12 cookies

You’ll need:

  • 2  1/2 cups almond flower
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

The process:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl until it becomes, well, doughy.

*** Before you stick your over-eager hands into the dough, wet them!  The dough is extremely sticky and it will be a nightmare to deal with if you don’t. ***

  • Grab a small handful of dough and work it into a disc that is about 1/4-1/2″ thick.
  • Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes
  • Promptly consume all the cookies and begin making more!

It’s great when you’re committed to eating healthy to have a sweet treat to fall back on.  Being able to indulge (even though you are still following your diet) makes sticking with it much easier.  This one is ours and they are delicious!

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