Paleo Cashew Buckeye Brownie Cookies
Happy Hump Day Y’all! This batch of Paleo Cashew Buckeye Brownie Cookies are here to bake your day! These oh-so chewy and rich cookies are my go-to when I need a solid chocolate fix and they are practically fool proof.
If you haven’t figured this out yet, I love chocolate—like really really love it. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner any day of the week. In fact, Jonathan used to favor savory over sweet before I came along. But my addiction to chocolate used to be something I really struggled with.
Before finding my food freedom, I would closet binge on every chocolate dessert under the sun and each time, I would feel a tremendous amount of shame and guilt—but I just couldn’t get myself to stop. Every time I would go on a bender, I would wake up with brain fog and my moods were always out of whack. This only escalated my body dysmorphia even further. I would pick apart every aspect of my image in front of the mirror. I would tell myself that I was weak because I didn’t have the will power to refrain from eating my emotions. This very mentality disabled me from living the life I wanted to live—a life where I felt confident in my own skin, where my mind wasn’t consumed with negative thoughts.
I knew something had to change, I knew this was no way to live life. I also knew (somewhere very deep down) that I was worthy of my own love and acceptance—this was the biggest and most important step I made to overcome a 10 year struggle with binge eating and body dysmorphia. I can not stress this enough: whatever you may be struggling with, the only way you will ever overcome it is by acknowledging that you deserve better. Once I adjusted my mindset, I began to prioritize my health.
I experimented with various diets without success—that is until I stumbled upon Whole30. No sugar?! *gasp, how will I ever live without my beloved chocolate?* I’m not going to lie, cutting out sugar was damn near the hardest thing I think I have ever had to do. That’s how TOXIC that shit is for you—and that scared the living you-know-what out of me. At last, my long-term relationship with sugar (aka the devil) had finally come to an end. It was the best breakup I had ever had— I felt more empowered and in control of my emotions than I ever had before and I finally was able to kick the binge eating. Even better, my body dysmorphia began to dissipate. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with my dysmorphia from time to time, but it no longer consumes my life on a day to day basis.
If you're reading this and you're currently struggling with body dysmorphia or binge eating and you're seeking change, know that just by acknowledging these issues, you are already headed in the right direction. Remind yourself that it's the baby steps that create lasting change—it's not a race. Know that you are worthy of self love and self care. Find what works for you and stick to it. Know that you are not alone in this crazy ass world we live in. Know that it DOES get better. Know that you are loved. So if you ever need advice or just someone to talk to, my email and DMs are always open—without judgement.
Of course desserts are still number one in my heart, because you can take the girl away from dessert but you can’t take the dessert away from the girl. I just had to learn how to recreate my favorite desserts in their healthiest form—like these cookies, that I hope you enjoy!
Paleo Cashew Buckeye Brownie Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
For the Wet Ingredients:
3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Dry Ingredients:
1/4 cup almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 and 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened (not Dutch processed)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup creamy cashew butter (I used Once Again Natural Cashew Butter)
1/2 + 3 tablespoons cup semi sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if you prefer)
Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, stir the ghee and the dark chocolate chips together, continuously stirring until fully melted and well-combined. Be careful not to burn the mixture.
In a large mixing bowl, stir the egg, vanilla, and coconut sugar with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Transfer the melted chocolate mixture to the mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk. Incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, until combined. Stir in the 3 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
While the dough chills, rinse out the medium sized mixing bowl and use it to microwave the cashew butter until it is melted enough to drizzle on top of the cookies. (Mix in about .5 tablespoons coconut oil if the butter isn’t melting.)
Scoop 1.5 tablespoons of dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet.
Once the cookies are done baking, allow to cool for 4 minutes before drizzling the cashew butter on top. Rinse out the bowl once more. Microwave the remaining 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in the bowl before spooning it over the cashew butter.
Allow to cool for for 3 more minutes and then it’s time to indulge ;) (Store in the fridge to prevent melting)