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I started eating a gluten free diet about 6 weeks ago. Last week (having seen no health improvement with going gluten free) I decided to try eating a Paleo diet to see if that helps. If you are not familiar with the Paleo Diet, the basic idea is that if cavemen didn't eat it, we shouldn't either. To be honest, I think it is a fad diet and has many scientific flaws but I am not going to argue for or against the concept here. I decided to try making Paleo cookies because I am about to gnaw my own arm off due to severe hunger. I am going to try to stick it out for 2 months and see if there is an improvement in my overall health. Basically, I have a hyperactive inflammatory system and am trying to see if diet changes can help. The jury is still out but I will keep you updated along the way.
The one thing I really dislike about the Paleo diet so far is the lack of baked goods. No bread, no crackers, no muffins and certainly no cookies. Sure, you can make these things slightly more Paleo friendly but even that is frowned on in many Paleo circles. Cavemen didn't have ovens and thus did not make Paleo cookies! While I was browsing Paleo friendly recipes I found breads described as "stretchy" and brownies made completely of sweet potato, egg and cocoa. None of these really sounded all that appealing. As I browsed the recipes for Paleo cookies I came across something slightly familiar.....macaroons! This macaroon recipe uses almonds that are finely ground until they are almost flour. I am not going to say they are my all time favorite cookie but they were tasty, the kids actually ate them and they satisfy my need for a chewy baked treat occasionally. I will be trying more recipes for paleo cookies and baked goods over the coming weeks to help prevent starvation so please stop back by soon for more ideas!
NOTE: I got the idea for the recipe at PaleoPlan.com but made changes based on some of the comments. If you have any recipes for Paleo cookies that are truly delicious I would love it if you would share! Please leave me a link in the comments so I can try them!
Almond Macaroon Recipe
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.