Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies

I’ve been trying to keep myself on a more healthy track. Not always easy. This afternoon I put in an order for some goodies from my favorite online health food company, Vitacost. I was reminded about a pic I took of a box from their last shipment.
 
Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies
They print funny little things on their boxes. Like, ‘5 Ways to Reuse This Box:, and this time there was an intriguing recipe for an almond butter cookie, with chocolate chips. OK, you had me at ‘chocolate…’ !! On top of it, it was gluten and dairy free…hmm. I might have to try that one. As you know, not all of these ‘healthy’ cookies are much like a treat at all. I’m always skeptical, as I’ve made, and tossed, a lot of glorified dog biscuits. I only share the winners with you – the ones that get a thumbs up not only from me, but my non-health-food eaters.  
 

VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies

 

Step 1:

Gather the goods
 
Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies
 
1 Cup Almond Butter – see photo – I use ‘No-Stir Almond Butter’ because after 15 min of stirring the other was still nothing like any kind of ‘butter’. 
 
Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies
3/4 Cup Natural Sweetener (I used Whey-Low, but I’ll bet organic cane sugar would be good)
1 Large Egg (you can go egg-free*, but I didn’t)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
3 oz. Dark Chocolate Chips (I used Ghiradelli 60%, about 1/3 cup)
 

Step 2:

Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies
 Preheat the oven to 350deg. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Then add in the chips.
 

Step 3:

 Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies
Scoop by the tablespoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for about 12 min. I let mine go a minute more and they were really brown, but they held up better. Let them cool on the pan.
 

Finale: 

Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle, VitaCost Dark Choco Almond Drop Cookies

Look how yummy !! Gluten free, dairy free, and could’ve even been egg-free (by substituting 1 Tbl. Flax mixed with 3 Tbl water). So good! Now even though that super healthy organic almond butter was super runny, and nothing I’d buy again, I’d certainly make these cookies again. Maybe next time, I’ll add in a touch of gluten free flour and maybe some chopped almonds, to give it some body. 
But, until then – Enjoy!!
  
Michelle Beal

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