This week it has been very cold in Tennessee and instead of braving the cold with a toddler I decided today would be a good day to stay at home and bake. After all, what is better on a cold day than baking some warm chocolate chip cookies!?
My family tries to not eat much processed food and sugar, and I've been working on replacing refined sugars from my desserts, so I thought I would would try and make my cookies just a little healthier.
Since I have been gluten free, it has been my goal that whoever tastes my food, would not know it's gluten free unless they were told. So, I hope you'll give these and try and let me know what you think! Of course, you can add whatever you would like to these cookies, the options are endless! I chose to add oatmeal because I used maple syrup instead of sugar and the oats help to soak up the extra liquid. So you may want to keep that in mind so your recipe won't be runny.
1 stick of butter softened
1/2 cup organic unrefined coconut oil (not melted)- you can chose to use all coconut oil instead of butter in this recipe if you'd like, but I like still having some butter in mine
3/4 c Coconut Palm Sugar (I use this as a direct replacement for brown sugar)
2 and 1/4 cups of gluten free flour (King Arthur or Cup 4 cup make the best- I've found purchasing a blend is cheaper and less time consuming than blending my own for now).
1 cup gluten free rolled oats (I like Bobs Mill)
3/4 c maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp xantham gum ( you only need this if your GF flour blend doesn't already have this in it. If it doesn't, you would need 1/4 tsp per cup of flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate chips (or whatever chips you prefer)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, xantham gum, and cinnamon and set aside.
Mix together butter, coconut oil, and palm sugar until smooth. Next, add the eggs one at a time and then the maple syrup and vanilla. Slowly blend in flour mixture until combined and then add the oats. Stir in chocolate chips.
Place a tablespoon of dough in a ball on cookie sheet ( I like using the silpat because they don't stick) If you are using the same sheet, make sure the sheet cools before placing the next batch on or the cookies will flatten.
Bake for about 9 minutes depending on your oven.
Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!