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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (alternatively titled Paleo PMS)

Each month, I spend at least one sleepless night angsting about something.  My heart races.  I toss and turn.  Sometimes there's heartburn; rarely, there's sleep apnea.   Even though I know that my anxiety is probably just PMS, I am utterly consumed by a sense of impending doom.

Good times.  

Also, I'm starving.  For a few days, my not quite 4'11" frame seems to require the Zone blocks of an NFL linebacker.  

To combat the woes of being female, I bake.  Yes, I realize that paleo baked goods aren't actually nutritious, but they are far less evil than the alternative.  This month, I made Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I adapted these cookies from a recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, Livin Paleo, who credits ForverFit with the original.  If you liked banana bread or banana muffins in your pre-paleo existence, you will gobble these up.

As made by moi:

Preheat the oven to 325.  

Mash up 2 ripe bananas in a bowl.  Mix in 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 1/2 cup of coconut flakes and 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil.  Mix in 2 eggs, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1/4 tsp of salt 1/2 of a bar of super dark chocolate broken up into chunks. 

Form the "dough" into balls and bake for approximately 25 minutes.

To keep the recipe from getting too un-paleo, go super dark on the chocolate to minimize, if not eliminate, the evil ingredients (sugar, soy lecithin, and so forth).  Ghirardelli has a 100% percent cacao bar, as do a few of the other brands, and I've gotten totally raw, organic chocolate from Fairway, Whole Foods or even the Food Emporium on occasion.  Livin Paleo suggests that you can add honey and/or coconut sugar.  I would not go there - you do not need sweeteners.  Bananas have a lot of sugar - and more than enough to make your cookies sweet. 

Incidentally, I added the shredded coconut by mistake, but the cookies were tasty, so it's a mistake I'd make again.  I'd show you a picture, but I ate them all.  Forgive me; PMS is a bitch.

-Gym Belle-

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