Gluten Free Recipes

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies {gluten-free and dairy-free}

March 27, 2015

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Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies {gluten-free and dairy-free}

It’s not an exaggeration to say that I am addicted to chocolate. Yes, I love all desserts, but it’s different with chocolate. I could pass on sour patch kids or lemon bars any day of the week (on second thought, I really do love lemon bars), but put a warm chocolate chip cookie in front of me or even a cheap CVS brand chocolate bar (let’s be honest – I don’t discriminate) and I lose all inhibitions. At least I am aware of my addiction – that is the first step to recovery, right?

No, but in all seriousness, I’m here to tell you that you CAN and SHOULD eat chocolate. You just need to make sure you’re eating the right kind. Over the years, chocolate has gotten a bad rap. It has been associated with obesity, diabetes, and the general gluttony that plagues America today. But the problem is not the chocolate – it’s the stuff we are adding to it that is making it “bad” for us. Cane sugar, soy lecithin, milk fat – these are a few of the ingredients you’ll find in a Hershey’s milk chocolate. Far different from the ingredients in my raw chocolate truffles[hyperlink to recipe] that contain pure cocoa powder. The cocoa bean contains over 700 known compounds and there are many more that remain undiscovered. Cocoa has been proven to have significant benefits for the cardiovascular system, helping to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, helping to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, and it has also been proven time and time again to help significantly reduce the risk of cancer. The trick is looking for chocolate that is made from pure cacao beans and is raw or has limited ingredients added. I love Fine and Raw truffle bars, but I also like making my own chocolatey treats. These gluten-free/dairy-free cookies that I made last weekend use pure cocoa powder and are low in sugar. I was inspired by PaleOMG.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond butter (get a thick kind)
1 cup coconut sugar
1 organic egg
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
½ a bag of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

How to Bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Mix together almond butter, egg, and coconut sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add the cocoa powder a little bit at a time and use your hands to mix everything together.
  3. Add baking soda, vanilla, salt, and chocolate chips and continue to mix you’re your hands until everything is completely combined. The “dough” will be very thick!
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form round balls of dough (the size of a walnut) and place on the baking sheet. Smash down slightly with a fork, being careful not to crumble the cookies.
  5. Place cookies into oven and bake for 10 minutes (at 350).
  6. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes before eating because a) they will be very hot and b) they will fall apart. I have burnt my mouth countless times so trust me on this one.

 

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