Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Our Low-Gluten Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Just Won an Honorable Mention

Yes, they're healthy, but....dang these cookies are good!

They just won an honorable mention in a cookie baking competition in which all the rest of the entries were filled with gluten and sugar.  Bite Club of Sonoma County's Press Democrat newspaper was the award giver as part of their annual holiday cookie baking contest.

I've posted this recipe previously, but just wanted to let you know about the award.

In my house, I have to hide them in the freezer or they disappear in an hour.  Of course, everyone finds them in the freezer, too.  The truth is, I just can't keep them in supply and nobody knows they're low-gluten and sugar-free.

So, if you're making health your priority but still find you're craving the Toll House cookies you grew up on...have at it.  There's nothing in these cookies you need to feel guilty about.

Einkorn Low-Gluten, Sugar-Free Toll House Cookies 

1 1/2 c einkorn ancient grain wheat flour  (I use Jovial brand)
1 cup almond meal (Trader Joe's sells this)
1 t baking soda
1 t sea salt
1 c or 2 sticks grass fed organic butter, brought just to room temperature
1/2 c coconut crystals  (also sometimes called palm sugar)
2 T stevia powder (Trader Joe's stevia extract is nice for baking)
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups Lily's stevia sweetened chocolate chips--(also, Enjoy Life brand has less sugar than other choices)  
2 cups chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans

Stir together in a bowl the flour, almond meal, baking soda and salt.  In the bowl of a mixmaster with a beater blade, add the butter, coconut crystals, stevia and vanilla.  Beat until combined. Add in the two eggs and continue beating until combined.  Add in the flour mixture slowly with the paddle going at slow speed.  .When mixture is fully combined, add in the chips and nuts.  Do not overbeat.

Use a 1 1/2 inch releasing scoop to drop dough onto a silpat covered cookie sheet.  Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 8- 9 minutes. Do not overcook or they will get very dark.  Put cookies on a rack to cool. These cookies freeze very well and can be eaten frozen for a delicious treat. 

For further information on the healing aspects of the ingredients in these cookies, see the original posting, here.  Or see here for a series of articles explaining the low gluten aspects of einkorn flour.  

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