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These Chocolate Chip Cookies Taste so Good You Can’t Even Tell They’re Paleo

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Anyone who knows me never has to ask which kind of cookie I want: It's always chocolate chip. Yet I've had so much trouble making a healthy version that tastes anything close to the ones my grandma baked growing up (trust me, I've tried). But I think I've just found the solution in the form of this Paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe.

The Paleo community on Instagram is all a-buzz over lifestyle blogger Nicole Modic's (aka KaleJunkie's) Life-Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. "They're crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. And the best part is they're gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo, and easily made vegan...did I leave anything out?" she wrote in an Instagram post. The original recipe is from September 2018, and has gotten plenty of new renditions from devotees (like adding in espresso!).

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Wait, tahini in cookies? Basically, the sesame seed paste acts as a butter substitute, lending all the healthy fats required for baking without resorting to dairy (which is a no-no when you're Paleo). It also adds a slight nutty undertone to your cookies, making the flavor a bit more complex (and delicious). Basically, if you like sweet and salty foods, you should probably check out this recipe.

Besides the tahini, you only need a few other ingredients: almond flour, maple syrup, baking soda, dairy-free chocolate chips, an egg, collagen peptides (optional), and sea salt flakes. If you want to make them vegan, "you can easily sub the egg for a flax egg and the consistency will still be the same—aka no pancake-flat cookies," Modic writes.

If you'll excuse me, I'm off on an urgent tahini-buying mission, because I suddenly have a hankering for some chocolate chip cookies.

This isn't the only Paleo recipe you should try. You can also learn how to make a killer Paleo cheesecake that has a banana filling, or snag a Paleo pumpkin bread recipe from Lauren Conrad's favorite nutritionist.

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