Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Healthy Redux

O.K. you may wonder...how are these healthy? Well, I guess I should word it healthier. Before going gluten free, I baked with whole grains, using a little less sugar in my baking to create treats for my children that weren't as bad as regular, offering maybe a little more nutrition instead of completely empty calories. So when I first went gluten free, and I was baking with cornstarch, tapioca flour and white flour..it felt like such a step back for me. Why bake? It was completely nutritionally devoid as far as I was concerned.

But I missed some of my gluten treats, and plodded along until I started discovering grains with a little bit more to offer nutritionally speaking..teff, sweet sorghum, brown rice...my favorites. So I decided to re-do my original recipe with these and see how they were. Definitely still a treat, my children loved them, but if you have a hankering for the old kind, try my first chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Chewy Crisp Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 cups brown rice flour
1 cup sweet sorghum
1/2 cup teff
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xantham gum
3/4 tsp salt
1 to 2 teaspoons flax seed
2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened, but both will work)

Spray pan with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, beat butter with granulated and brown sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, xantham gum and salt, and flax seed if using; stir in chocolate chips, pecans and coconut. Pour over butter mixture, stir to combine.

Drop by 1 Tbsp, about 2 inches apart onto prepared pans. Bake about 12 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely.



Rose said...

I love the nuance of a "healthy" chocolate chip cookie! I am new to gluten free and am thrilled to find your recipes!

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Rose -
I know, healthy is a not really a chocolate chip cookie, but how healthy can a chocolate chip cookie be? :) (Sounds like a tongue twister...Peter Piper picked, etc..)

Anyway, glad you found this site and I wish you the best on your gluten free journey.

(There are so many great websites (bloggers) that feature all different styles of cooking gluten free, you will see they are all such a great resource!)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Mrs. G.F. (alias: Slacker Mom) :)

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