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Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Don’t let food allergies stop you from indulging in treats! These soft and chewy Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are also paleo, vegan, gluten free, and egg free!

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you believe I don’t have a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe on my blog yet? Well, I can, because I’m the worst baker. But sometimes, the baking gods are on my side and I end up making a treat that’s super delicious and dreamy.

I recently had one of those moments when attempting to make these cassava flour chocolate chip cookies, and no tears were shed from an inevitable #fail (a norm when I’m baking) and I lived through it to share this yummy recipe with you.

Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, these are not your standard chocolate chip cookies. They are gluten free and grain free, made with cassava flour and a bit of coconut flour, and they are also paleo and vegan! And if you have some common food allergies in your family, these might be for you because they are also nut-free and egg-free.

Don’t worry though, because they are NOT fun-free. They actually taste amazing and have the perfect amount of chewiness and softness that you love in your favorite cookies.

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How to Yield Perfectly Chewy Cookies

Since these are gluten free cookies, you have to treat them a bit differently than regular cookies. Here are some tips to make these cassava flour chocolate chip cookies THE BEST EVER:

  • If you are using coconut oil instead of ghee, make sure it’s soft instead of melted. If it’s hard, you can microwave it for 15 seconds at a time, and if it’s melted, you can leave it in the fridge it gets to the right consistency.
  • DO NOT pick up the cookies once it’s out of the oven. They will be quite fragile and fall apart if you try to pick them up. Wait about 30 minutes for them to fully cool down before handling them. I know, it’ll be incredibly hard but it’s 100% worth it!
  • For even chewier and sturdier texture, keep the cookies in an airtight contain in the refrigerator. I think they taste better when they are cold!

Hope you love these cookies, because my husband and I can’t get enough. We just made these a few days ago and they are already half gone! So dangerous, but so worth it.

Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Don't let food allergies stop you from indulging in treats! These soft and chewy Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are also paleo, vegan, gluten free, and egg free!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together ghee (or coconut oil), maple syrup, and vanilla extract.

  3. In another large bowl, whisk together cassava flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt. 

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. 

  5. Stir until combined.

  6. Fold in chocolate chips.

  7. Use a rounded tablespoon to scoop the dough and place on the baking sheet, flattening it out slightly. 

  8. Repeat with the rest of dough, making sure you give enough space in between to spread a bit.

  9. Bake for 10 minutes.

  10. Cool completely on the baking sheet for 20-30 minutes before removing and serving.

  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They'll get even chewier (in a good way) once cold!

Nutrition Facts
Nut-Free Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

These Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs are a delicious snack filled with healthy fats and they are guaranteed to kill your sugar cravings! 

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

New favorite snack alert! Since you guys have been loving my Chocolate Almond Butter Collagen Fat Bombs, I’m so excited to share another delicious fat bomb recipe with a flavor combo that I just can’t get enough of.

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs Recipe

I’ve been loving these Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs so much in between meals to hold me over on busy weekdays ever since making them. I’m definitely not keto, but I do tend to do better on a lower carb diet. So when choosing my snacks, I like to keep them low in sugar and high in healthy fats to keep me satiated until the next meal. These fat bombs do just that while killing any sugar cravings that I may have.

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

You can use either butter or ghee for this recipes, but I do love the extra toasty and nutty flavor and smell of ghee so I highly recommend you use the latter. Also, many people who have a sensitivity to the lactose in butter usually find that they can tolerate ghee much better. If you want to make it at home, you can find my recipe here. It’s so nutritious and yummy, and make an excellent high heat cooking oil.

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I hope you enjoy these Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs as much as I have been. They remind me of my childhood summers when I use to steal a bite out of my dad’s favorite ice cream flavor, and it just makes me so happy. They are also a breeze to make so you have no excuse the next time you get hangry or those sugar cravings hit!

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs

Course: Dessert, Snack
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 12 fat bombs
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs are a delicious snack filled with healthy fats and they are guaranteed to kill your sugar cravings! 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup ghee or butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: sweetener of your choice I added about 7-8 drops of stevia. Omit if you are on a sugar detox.
  • Optional: 2 tbsp grass-fed collagen Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off your entire order

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. 

  2. Add the pecans and toast them while constantly stirring. Transfer to a dish when the pecans are darker and smell toasty. They'll toast even more while cooling.

  3. Roughly chop the pecans. I like to leave them in larger chunks.

  4. In a small saucepan, combine coconut butter, ghee (or butter), and coconut oil and heat over low heat until melted.


  5. Stir in vanilla extract and sea salt, as well as a sweetener and/or grass-fed collagen, if using. 

  6. Divide the chopped pecans into a silicon mold of your choice. I filled them into 12 mini cubes.

  7. Pour the heated butter and coconut mixture over the pecans, dividing it evenly. 

  8. Freeze for at least 30 minutes until the fat bombs harden. 

  9. If you don't have a silicon mold, you can pour the mixture in a small container, freeze, then cut into bite-sized squares.

  10. Store in the freezer or the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Butter Pecan Keto Fat Bombs
Amount Per Serving (1 fat bomb)
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How to Make Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Harmful Ingredients To Avoid in Your Deodorant

Learn how to make safe and toxin-free homemade natural deodorant, and which harmful ingredients to avoid in conventional store-bought deodorants!

Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants

Ever since learning about all the toxins present in conventional deodorants, I stopped using deodorant for years. Luckily, I’m not much of a sweater so this was working out for me fine. If I felt a bit stinky, especially after a workout, I would just wash my underarms and was good to go.

However, after moving to Southern California, summers here can get pretty darn hot and sweating all day is just inevitable. I couldn’t just get away with not using deodorant anymore in the recent months, so I decided to make my own. I wasn’t sure if I would like my hippy-dippy version and if it would actually work, but I’ve been using it for over a month now and I absolutely love it. It gets rid of the stink and sweat, and it doesn’t stain any of my clothes like other deodorants I have a tried.

Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants

But before I share the recipe, I want to share just WHY I stopped using conventional deodorants and the ingredients in them that I don’t want to apply on my skin ever. Our skin is our biggest organ and it absorbs everything we put on it, so being extra diligent about reading the ingredient labels is so important. After all, the toxins and certain chemicals in these products alter our hormones, burden our liver, and are linked to various types of cancers. Who wants that?

Here are the top 5 ingredients to avoid in conventional deodorants:

1. Parabens

Parabens are extremely common in the US, and it can be found in both skin care products and food. They are used as a preservative, but also are known to mimic estrogen and cause hormonal imbalances by accumulating in our tissues. A study showed a presence of parabens in 99% of the breast tumor tissue samples.

You can usually spot parabens on the ingredients list easily (They are found in 75-90% of all products on the market!), because they are followed by some kind of prefix like methylparaben, and propylparaben.

2. Triclosan

Triclosan is a type of pesticide that you’ll find in most deodorants on the market because of its ability to kill bacteria. It is also an endocrine disruptor and can also be carcinogenic when it comes in contact with chlorine in tap water. As we know, it’s not too difficult for our deodorant to come in contact with water, especially when we apply right after showering.

3. Aluminum-based Compounds

Aluminum-based compounds are used because of their ability to block the body from sweating by blocking the pores, which sounds ideal for antiperspirants. However, this ingredient is easily absorbed by the body and accumulates overtime.

This study has linked long term use of deodorants with earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis. Aluminum exposure has also been linked to interfering with estrogen levels, which increases the risk of cancers, and causing brain health issues like Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Fragrances/Pthalates

Chemical fragrances in deodorant products are very common and they usually come with pthalates, which help lotions penetrate the skin and fragrances last longer. Pthalates are a bit trickier than other ingredients to spot on the label, because they are usually listed as one of the following acronyms: DBP, DHP, DBP5, and DEHP.

Pthalates are also endocrine disruptors and known to cause kidney and liver cancers. While most studies I found on pthalates and their harmful effects were done on animals, I’d rather be safe than sorry and steer clear, especially when they are considered probable carcinogens by the EPA.

5. Propylene Glycol 

Propylene glycol is used to retain moisture in products, and it’s also used the auto industry in brake and hydraulic fluid. It is a form of mineral oil, which can block the pores and cause skin allergies and/or rashes. It has also been linked to liver and kidney damage.

You may be able to spot propylene glycol (also can be listed as PEG) easily on the deodorant label, because it is usually one for the first 2 ingredients on the list.


Are you surprised by the toxic chemicals that are present in our store-bought deodorants? Keep in mind that many of these ingredients are actually banned in Europe because of their harmful effects. Until our country steps up their game, I’ll gladly make my own homemade natural deodorant to avoid these cancer-causing chemicals.

If you don’t want to make your own deodorant, these are some my top favorite safer choices that actually work:

Primally Pure – Their Charcoal Deodorant is my absolute favorite!

Native Deodorant

Primal Pit Paste

Honestly pHresh Magnesium Roll-On

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in DeodorantsHomemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants

Homemade Natural Deodorant

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • Optional: 20 drops of essential oils (I like thieves, tea tree, lavender, and/or frankincense)

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler or a microwave, melt together shea butter and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot powder. Stir together.
  3. Add essential oils, if using, then pour into a glass jar and let cool. You can cool in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
  4. To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a small amount and rub on your armpits until invisible. A little goes a long way!

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How to Make Homemade Natural Deodorant + 5 Harmful Ingredients To Avoid in Your Deodorant