Thursday, 14 March 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies {Allergen-free}

Updated March 26, 2013...
have been making these cookies often! It's great to have a tried and true recipe that I can just throw together at a moment's notice for a quick and healthy treat! As always, I continue to tweak my recipes if I am not 100% satisfied and that was the case with these cookies. Because I am so thrilled with my most recent results, I wanted to quickly post the changes. Have a look at the video again and then take note of the little changes (marked in bold) in the Ingredients list below. I increased the applesauce and decreased 2 of the flour mixture ingredients and I'm sure you'll be very satisfied with the results!
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Finally! I am ready to share my Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with you all! I have had a tried and true recipe for a few years now in which I utilized my healthier ingredient alternatives. However, once adopting the gluten-free lifestyle, it became my mission to perfect a good gluten-free flour mixture that did not include any of the strange "gums" that I still do not have on hand in my pantry.

I have had many people ask if I had a good Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and I have been hesitant to share until I felt I had perfected it, which is why this recipe has been a long time coming! My family has been very patient, trying each batch as I attempted each ingredient substitution. Usually the cookies come out too wet or too cake-like for my taste. But this one is a winner!

If you have a recipe with which you would like me to experiment and post a video, please let me know! You can comment right under the video on YouTube or comment below on this blog or on Facebook. I am always happy to experiment with something new! Read on after the video for why I still choose to bake my own cookies rather than purchase gluten-free cookies from the store. 

{This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free (depending on use of chocolate chips), nut-free and refined sugar-free!}


Ingredients:
1/2 Medium Ripe Avocado (replacing 1/4 c butter)
1/2 c Xylitol (replacing regular sugar)
1/2 c Coconut Palm Sugar (replacing brown sugar)
2/3 c Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Large Egg (optional - it's fine to leave this out if you have an allergy, but incorporating it will give you a more cookie-like, less cake-like outcome)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 c Wheat-free Oat Flour*
1/2 c Brown Rice Flour
1/8 c Arrowroot Flour
1/8 c (Golden) Flax Seed
Rolled Oats (optional)
Up to 1 c chocolate chips (For dairy-free option, make your own chocolate chips beforehand! Visit this website to find out how: Chocolate Covered Katie - Three Ingredient Chocolate)

*If you are not following a gluten-free diet, feel free to substitute 2 cups of whole wheat flour in place of the 3 flours and flaxseed listed. Since you would be eliminating the flaxseed, I recommend incorporating 1 large egg into the wet ingredients.

How to:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. (If you are using a pizza stone, pre-heat it as well)
Using a Kitchenaid mixer (or with a hand-held mixer): Cream together avocado, sugars and applesauce and vanilla extract.
Mix together the flours and baking soda.
Add dry mix to wet and mix thoroughly then add chocolate chips and rolled oats (if using).
Place tablespoonfuls on pizza stone or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, let sit for a few moments then transfer to cooling rack.

{Due to the applesauce & other natural ingredients, it is best to store these in the refrigerator}

 

Why do I prefer to make my own cookies rather than purchase gluten-free cookies in the store? You can probably already answer this question by now due to previous posts, but I'll reiterate the reasons anyway:

1. They are All-Natural: These cookies have no hidden ingredients or things our bodies don't need. There are no hard-to-pronounce ingredients meant to preserve the cookies which is why they should be stored in the fridge. Junk is still junk even if it is gluten-free. :) 
2. They are Cost-effective: Most gluten-free packaged cookies are going to be at least $5.99 for a normal-sized container. This is around $3.00 more than for non-gluten-free cookies. Most of the ingredients in this recipe are inexpensive...the most expensive would be the wheat-free oats, but just stock up on them when they are on sale and you're good to go! You notice I don't use almond flour...this is due to the cost. I would rather use my homemade almond flour for other purposes because it is a precious commodity!  {It's important to note that I do not purchase the oat flour itself...I purchase wheat-free oats and grind them into flour in my Vitamix blender} 

3. They are Fresh!:
There's not much better than a warm cookie straight from the oven! No store-bought, pre-packaged cookie can hold a candle to a homemade one and if you can save money and eat cleanly at the same time then it's a win-win for everyone in the family!

Since many of you ask me where I purchase my ingredients, I'll go ahead and list them here for your shopping convenience. I only know locations to purchase in Canada. If you live in the United States or elsewhere and have found a location, please post in the comments so others can be informed:

Xylitol: Sobeys, Bulk Barn* & The Healthy Habit (Chatham, ON).
Coconut Palm Sugar: Costco, Superstore & Bulk Barn.
Wheat-free Oats: Bulk Barn (packaged) & Superstore.
Brown Rice Flour: Sobeys, Bulk Barn, Superstore, No Frills & The Healthy Habit. (or make your own with brown rice and a HIGH-POWERED blender like a Vitamix.)
Arrowroot Flour: Sobeys, Bulk Barn & Superstore.
Flaxseed: Sobeys, Superstore, The Healthy Habit & Bulk Barn (regular flax can be purchased ground, golden is sold as seeds and must be ground in blender).
*Important!!! If you have Celiac Disease, I would caution you about purchasing bulk products at Bulk Barn. The wheat-free oats are packaged and would therefore be safe if you tolerate oats, however with the other ingredients there can be a risk of cross-contamination. If you have a gluten intolerance or are simply avoiding gluten products then Bulk Barn bulk products should be safe for consumption. When in doubt, always purchase packaged ingredients that are certified gluten-free.

would love to hear back from you if you try these cookies! They have been a hit in my house and I'm sure they will be in yours as well. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel for more recipes and Healthy Hints! And please connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I love to hear your stories and see pictures of your attempts as well! I hope this has helped those of you who must follow special dietary restrictions. We are not deprived of great tasting food when we just figure out the best alternatives!

Treat yourself well,

P.S. I love the recipes that Chocolate Covered Katie has on her blog! Although I have to reign myself in because they are all so good! If I made them all I would be huge! I just had to share this because I'm a big fan...