Gluten free and sugar free cookies are few and far between to find, especially if you want to keep it organic and healthy.
When I was searching for cookie ideas to make for Christmas I went straight to the expert – my 5 year old son. His favorite cookie is chocolate chip – of course. I can’t disagree – it’s one of my favorites too. And to be honest I hadn’t had a chocolate chip cookie in over 9 months due to our eating changes.
After viewing lots of ideas for cookies it seemed to get harder and harder to make a true gluten free and sugar free version. That’s when I remembered a cookbook that my mom gave me. It had recipes from a church back home (got to love those country church cookbooks!) After flipping through I finally found my inspiration: Cowboy Cookies.
If you’ve never heard of these don’t feel alone. It took me a few minutes to even remember the last time someone made one of these. It’s certainly an olde, but definitely a goodie. It’s pretty much throwing the kitchen sink into a cookie and seeing what comes out. Kind of like the cooks on the range had to do. In this case it had to be gluten free, sugar free and organic sinks.
So after experimenting a bit I finally got the right texture, taste and chocolate chips that would make any Cowboy say “Yippee Yi Ya – cookies!” – and yes the master taste tester son says “These are perfect – don’t change a thing”. Now he can have a healthy treat that was so easy to whip up. It made so much dough that I placed the extra in a waxed paper roll to save for later in the fridge. Now I can just cut and slice any time we need to rustle up a little doggy.
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 cup organic old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick)
- 1 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp xantham gum
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp powdered stevia
- 1/2 cup organic butter, softened
- 1/2 cup xylitol
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla
- 1 organic egg
- 1/2 cups chopped nuts
- 1 cup cacao chocolate chips (70%) or carob chips can be substituted
Combine almond flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, xantham gum, sea salt and stevia in large bowl. Set aside.
In separate bowl blend with mixer butter, xylitol, vanilla, and egg. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and mix by hand until thoroughly combined. Sir in nuts and chocolate chips.
Drop dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with your hand to cookie shape. Bake 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Yield: 24 cookies
Cost: $.14 each
TIP: We enjoy our chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven. This is the perfect organic, sugar free & gluten free cookie because you can roll it into a log shape, place on waxed paper then place in a zip lock bag. What a great way to have healthy cookies for your family (or just for yourself!) in just 10 minutes. These will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Just slice and bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.