it's not that I hate school, it's just a shock to the system. going from weekend mode to six am get-ups is needless to say, a struggle. but it's okay. because when I finally arrive at the aforementioned institution at about 7:50am, a time where normally, I'd still be in dreamland, I can air my grievances with my peers who are inevitably facing the same problem. it's like zac efron said (okay, sang), we're all in this together.  

chocolate chip cookies are like my saviors. they're what I bake on a good day, and what cheers me up with a cup of tea when I have 3000 words to write. so by the light of my seasonally inappropriate scented candle, I give you the cookies I thought about when I couldn't find the hanger on my loofah, when my locker wouldn't open and when I thought, lord forbid, the world had ended because I'd lost my biology homework. (I found it btw...)

except these have a twist to them. it's not like normal cookies, where the star of the show is the chocolate. oh no. these are made with almond meal and coconut. so my favourite bit is actually the cookie itself. so while you're enjoying your chocolate, shimmy your taste buds over to focusing on the cookie dough, and join me in celebration.  


i'll save you the almost pornographic description of these cookies and just wait until you find out for yourselves. and you dairy-tolerant folks might be reading this thinking "a cookie without butter, ew how dare you" and to that I say: these are pretty bloomin' delicious. cos I think they are.

but all jokes aside, can we talk about tastebuds and their habits please??? I used to seriously gag at drinking almond milk on it's own. when it was in something, fine, but on it's own? urgh no thanks. but now, I can totally chug it from the bottle, walk away and think "hmmm I could get me some more of that..."  

it's like how people eat gluten free bread and think it tastes great because that's all that they can eat, when I could almost use some of that stuff to plaster my walls.

basically, the smell of cows milk and yoghurt now makes me gag, when I used to eat the stuff every day. no offence cows. 

as some Frenchman probably said le point is, that we are all creatures of habit.  if you don't like something, chances are, that you eat it a few more times and all of a sudden it's your favourite food. so don't give up on something. don't like walnuts? try them in a cake! can't stand mango?! how about salsa?

note: the dough itself is quite wet. this is totally normal, just a heads up. this recipe is based of the vanilla almond cookies from the whole pantry app. I can't find a link for it online but you can check out the whole pantry on instagram or the whole pantry cookbook and website. the author belle Gibson is on instagram and you should totally check her out. she's really cool and inspirational.


{makes 18 cookies | gluten + dairy free}


130g almond meal

3 tablespoons golden syrup

3/4 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

45g raw cocoa nibs (or chopped dark chocolate)

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon salt

let's bake!

if making your own almond meal, grind two and a half cups of almonds in a food processor until mealy.

preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

using your hands, roll dough into small balls and press into cookie shape on a lined baking tray.

bake in oven for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown and slightly puffed.

leave to cool completely (cookies will harden during this time) and serve! will keep for 5 days in a sealed container.


- jess x