Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spiced Coconut Paleo Crisps

Ingredients:
1/4 C. Blanched Almond Flour
1/4 C. Ground Flax Seeds
1/4 C. Sesame Seeds
1/4 C. Pumpkin Seeds, Ground
1/4 C. Sesame Seeds, Ground
1/4 C. Shredded Coconut, unsweetened (plus 1 T., for garnish)
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon (plus 1/2 tsp., for garnish)
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (nice for a little kick, but not necessary)
1/4 C. Water
2 T. Melted Coconut Oil (use Virgin, for a more coconutty flavor)
1-2 T. Pure Maple Syrup, optional (this can be added for a little extra sweetness, but is not necessary)
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Add water, oil, and maple syrup (if using) and mix to combine. You should end up with a slightly wet, sticky mixture.
  4. Onto a silpat, or parchment paper, lined baking sheet drop the dough by the tablespoonful (I used a small ice cream scoop for easy removal), spacing the crisps about 2 inches apart. 
  5. Cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper and flatten (as thin as possible), using a rolling pin or the bottom of a measuring cup. Remove parchment paper and make sure chips are evenly flattened.  
  6. Sprinkle crisps with additional coconut and cinnamon, making sure to distribute evenly. 
  7. Bake 10 minutes (check after 5 minutes to check for doneness; you may want to rotate for even baking), until crisp.
  8. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the chips cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to the rack and let cool completely. 
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough. 
Makes 24 chips

Ready for the oven. 
This is a variation of the "Paleo Chips" that I created last year. Serve them as is or with a little thinly-sliced raw blue cheese (if doing dairy) and apples or sliced figs. They would also be good with a little goat cheese (again, if doing dairy), honey, and cinnamon. This would also make a nice crust alternative for this "Pear Tart".

Note: As with other indulgent recipes, please eat in moderation and use these for special occasions. These are addictive and it is easy to lose count during consumption...consider yourself warned.

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