So… the last few weeks have just been draining for us. Between family stuff, post-pregnancy medical issues, and a baby that violently throws up 15-20 times a day, we’ve just been super exhausted.
I’ve tried to gain strength in a variety of ways, and none of them have really worked, so I finally realized I just needed to eat my sorrows away with chocolate chip cookies.
But then I realized I would be even more miserable because I would gain a million pounds, so…
Obviously it was time for me to come up with a guilt free but entirely delicious chocolate chip cookie. I have come up with a few gluten free chocolate chip cookies in the past, but that’s about all I could claim as far as the health status of the cookie. Being gluten free doesn’t really make something healthy, so I still couldn’t justify making them all the time.
But I need them.
So yesterday I started playing around with cookie dough to try and come up with the perfect blend. The important things to me were that it was not only gluten free, but grain free altogether, and that it didn’t have refined sugar or dairy. But how do you get that perfect chewy cookie texture without those things?
Well, you kind of have to get creative. But I am here to tell you that it is totally possible.
One small disclaimer that is important to be made is that these cookies do have nut butter in them, so if you have a nut allergy, they may not be the right fit for you. That being said, you can choose which nut butter you use, so if you can do almonds but not peanuts- use almond butter! If you can do peanuts but not tree nuts- use peanut butter!
Also, if you want that perfect chewy and tender cookie to still be chewy and tender a few hours later, do not overcook them! One mistake people often make with cookies is that they check on them when the timer goes off, but they don’t look “done” yet, so they let them cook longer. The problem with that is that cookies continue to cook even after you remove them from the oven. A cookie that looks “done” in the oven has gone too far. It may still taste great, but it’s mostly likely going to be crunchy. A cookie that looks “undercooked” in the oven is actually done and will have the chewy texture you love!
Trust me on this one, and remove your cookies from the oven after 12 minutes!
Also, I totally doubted these would turn out, so I only took one or two photos of the dough before it was cooked, thinking I would never use this recipe. I was shocked when they came out and were absolutely beautiful and perfect. So… sorry not sorry for the onslaught of finished cookie photos.
They’re just so pretty!