The paleo diet mimics the diet of our caveman ancestors. It is based on a diet of meat, nuts, seafood, vegetables and fruit, and cuts out grains, dairy, and anything processed. I am still undecided on all of the pros and cons of the paleo diet for runners, as carbs are our primary source of fuel (Some nutritionists reccommending a diet made up of 60% carbohydrates for runners). I continue to do a lot of reading on the topic, as it interests me a lot.
At the end of the day, if I am going to eat a cookie (a snack that I do often crave) I would rather choose a home made, gluten free, all natural cookie over a store-bought, preservative filled, sugar and butter empty calorie bomb.
That said, here is my current favourite recipe for Paleo Orange and Almond Cookies.
You will need…
6-7 fresh medjool dates
6 heaping tablespoons of almond meal
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 drops vanilla essence
Zest of 1 orange
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Flaked almonds, cinnamon and rock salt
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Blend together dates and almond meal until a sticky, doughy texture forms.
Add eggs, honey, shredded coconut, orange zest, vanilla extrac, baking soda and baking powder.
Mix again until it is a doughy consistency.
Spoon out the ‘dough’ and roll into preferred cookie size. Place onto baking tray lined with baking paper. I make mine quite thin, and around 5cm in diameter.
Place flaked/silvered almonds on top of each cookie, and sprinkle with cinnamon and rock salt.
bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown.
Cool on a wire rack.
Eat and enjoy.