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Chocolate Chip Pizookie Skillet (Paleo/GF option)

Chocolate Chip Pizookie Skillet (Paleo/GF option)

Alright y'all, I have literally been contemplating sharing this post for three days... I didn't want my second. post. ever. to be about one of my partially-failed recipe tweaks! Yes, they happen. And yes, this one could definitely have turned out better- but I wanted to share regardless so that you could see my method for taking one or two recipes, combining them and substituting certain ingredients for  "heathier" alternatives. Sometimes it WORKS and sometimes it kinda-works. [Side Note: My husband and friends who tried my pizookie version liked it all the same... AND, after throwing it in a bowl, warming it, pouring almond milk & drizzling honey over it, I was a big fan of it myself! 😂] 

As I was walking home from the gym (irony at it's finest), I came across a 'Paleo Pizookie' recipe on Instagram, which is what sparked my sudden & intense 'warm-chocolate-chip-cookie-in-a-skillet' craving. As I gathered all of the necessary items out of the pantry I realized I was out of the key ingredient: almond flour... Now is the time to divulge my {unhealthy} obsession with Kodiak Cakes. I use their 'Powercakes Protein Packed Buttermilk Flapjack & Waffle Mix' in just about everything I bake because I love that its whole grain and packs an additional protein punch! I figured, why not substitute the almond flour with that!? Another substitution I always make when baking is to use unsweetened applesauce in place of oil or butter. The end result is not your typical soft gooey center, rather a more spongey-cake-like texture. I'm a chronic over-indulger when it comes to sweets, so I can overlook the texture change knowing it's a bit healthier ;) Here is the recipe I ended up with after making a few omissions and substitutions:

Chocolate Chip Skillet Pizookie (with alternative options for Paleo/Gluten Free)

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts or pecans [optional]
  • 1/3 cup raw coconut sugar
  • 1.5 cups Kodiak Cakes buttermilk protein mix [or 1.5 C almond flour for making this Paleo/Gluten Free]  
  • 1/2 c unsweetened organic apple sauce [I substituted this for 1/2 C Grass Fed Butter or Oil]
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips plus additional for sprinkling on top [I used Enjoy Life which is a great gluten/dairy/nut free brand]
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl- I usually mix dry first and add in wet ingredients, folding in chocolate chips last 
  3. Thoroughly spray a cast iron skillet with preferred non-stick spray of choice (I used coconut oil spray)
  4. Spread mixture evenly into skillet & sprinkle with additional chocolate chips
  5. Bake until cooked to your liking, roughly 15-20 minutes (l think I overlooked mine a bit, contributing to the dryness, so err on the lower side of time or check often after 15 minutes)

As I mentioned, the texture of mine turned out a bit dry for my taste but I was determined to make the best of it,  so I found a few ways to salvage it and add some moisture after the fact!

  1. Warm a slice of pizookie in microwave & top with ice cream of choice- my favorite combo includes the following: Halo Top Vanilla or Arctic Zero Cake Batter Ice Cream (both high protein/low cal/low sugar), mixed with PBfit (powdered peanut butter) and a dash of almond milk until preferred consistency
  2. Simply pour a bit of almond or coconut milk over a warmed slice and mix up for a delicious bowl of "milk & cookies" 

If you are going to recreate this recipe, I would suggest sticking with the butter or oil rather than the applesauce- I think this is where the cookie went dry! You could also try 1/4 Cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of the butter or oil instead... This recipe is fun because you could get really creative with it. You could add macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts or make half & half Pizookies if you have two smaller cast iron skillets! Like one with nuts, one without. You could also get creative with different toppings! Chopped strawberries or raspberries, coconut milk ice cream and I can't leave out another one of my favorite finds: Tru Whip - all natural, GF, hydrogenated oil-free cool whip alternative.  Remember, it's your pizookie- you can do what you want! I would love to know if you try it & how yours turns out! 

I really hope this post doesn't scare anyone away from trying to substitute oils or butter for applesauce! The end result is usually an excellent taste with no difference in texture than if you used butter or oil! There are a million skillet cookie recipes online also, so feel free to search around if you're looking for something more specific to fit your dietary needs! I hope you enjoyed this post, I will be doing a lot more "healthy alternative" baking recipes in the future that are tried and true, so be on the look out!!

-Gabrielle

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