Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is something totally new for me…a completely gluten-free recipe! Well, I know a few of my recipes are gluten-free naturally, but all of my cookies, breads, etc. are definitely NOT. I love to experiment with new recipes and new types of ingredients, so when I came across a recipe for gluten-free cookies yesterday that used coconut flour, I decided to give it a go. I bought some coconut flour online a while back and have only used it a couple times so far. The recipe that I found needed a few modifications (it called for regular sugar and canola oil…two things I do not use). It also didn’t have eggs listed in the ingredients, but it listed them in the instructions. I’ve seen enough coconut flour recipes to know that eggs are super important to the success of the recipe.

I was quite honestly shocked at how much my kids liked these cookies. They each ate several yesterday and my daughter said how good they were. If I’m being honest, they were not like the regular cookies that I’m used to. They just weren’t…but, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy them. I baked them in two batches and, by the second batch, I knew to bake them for one minute less so they were a bit more soft on the inside. (Of course, I took this picture below after the first batch and didn’t take another one after the second round.)

Gluten Free Cookies

For my first “gluten-free” recipe, I’m happy with how these turned out! I’ll be anxious to try using coconut flour and even almond flour a little more in my baking. Do you eat gluten-free? If so, is it because you have celiac disease? Gluten intolerance? Or do you simply feel better after you eliminated it from your diet? I would love to hear comments on this!! Gluten-free has definitely piqued my interest lately…I’m just not sure I’m ready for this type of commitment (or if it’s really necessary for that matter)!

Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs (local, pastured is ideal – I buy mine from Honored Prairie)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together wet ingredients and then add flour and coconut. Blend with electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Press down slightly (they won’t expand or change shape while baking). Bake for about 14 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown. Enjoy!

What are some of the benefits of cooking with coconut flour? It’s rich in protein, fiber, and fat so it helps to fill you up. It’s filled with lauric acid, which is thought to support the immune system, thyroid, and promote good skin health. It’s also full of manganese, which better helps your body utilize other nutrients, support bone health, nervous system function, and blood sugar levels. (Source: The Nourished Kitchen)

If you are interested in more gluten-free recipes, I highly recommend that you check out my friend Julie’s blog at Whole Food. Real Food. Good Food. ALL of her recipes are gluten-free! And if you want to see another gluten-free cookie recipe, check out her recipe for Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. She used almond flour and raw honey–yum! I think I may try making almond flour the next time I make a batch of homemade almond milk and give her recipe a try.

Oh, I just remembered… I do have one other cookie recipe on my blog that is grain free: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a healthy secret ingredient)!

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

6 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. These look delicious! I love cookies and am always looking for more options with less sugar than they typical ones. How did your cookies hold up after a day or two? Sometimes when I have used a lot of coconut oil in cookie recipes, they tend to “sweat” a little and appear kind of greasy or wet-looking the next day. I don’t mind when I just eat them at home, but I wanted to take some to some coworkers and don’t want them to look kind of funky.

    1. Hey Courtney,
      I made these cookies yesterday and they are already gone today… ha! However, I can tell that they probably wouldn’t hold up for much longer than 2 days. They did seem a little oily-looking today, but that didn’t stop us from eating them. 🙂 I wonder if using butter would be better?

      1. Well at least I know it isn’t just me. I think the best solution is to just eat them all in one day!! (No problem usually!). When I make chocolate chip cookies, I use butter and not coconut oil and they stay normal looking a lot longer. If I figure out a way to keep them prettier for an extra day I will let you know.

  2. I made these this evening. I used carob chips (for the first time) instead of chocolate but not sure if I liked them. I think next time I will need to indulge in the chocolate. But otherwise I was surprised with how good these were. I will see if they pass the kid-test tomorrow!

    1. I haven’t try carob chips yet, though I’ve seen them listed in other ‘real food’ recipe online. I’m thinking chocolate sounds better to me, too. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed them! I hope your kids like them, too. Honestly, I was surprised mine liked them because they ARE different from regular cookies–but, they did! Gotta love that! 🙂

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