Happy Labor Day! Need a good treat for the holiday but don’t want it to taste “healthy” or gluten-free for your guests? Then these are perfect! I promise you will never know these things are gluten-free. No, they aren’t paleo. And they do have a higher glycemic index since they digest faster and will raise blood sugar more than my normal posted recipes, but they are as good as gluten-free gets. And we do use coconut sugar and butter so it does help lower the rate of digestion a little bit. But regardless, they are a treat so enjoy them!!!
Alice has been quite interested in baking recently. Thanks to some friends, we were introduced to this new flour. It’s the best gluten-free flour we have tried – hands down. You can substitute it for any recipe that calls for white flour. Last week, Alice made sugar cookies (we will share that recipe soon), and I can honestly say they were the best sugar cookie, gluten-free or not, that I have had. Again, these cookies (or any recipe made with this flour) doesn’t even taste gluten-free so why not try it? It certainly couldn’t hurt to reduce overall gluten intake.
When trying to go gluten-free for the first time, don’t load up on lots of “gluten-free” refined carbohydrates because those foods are very high glycemic and will digest quickly. Of course, we also have to be realistic and sometimes it means taking baby steps. If you are trying to get your kids to go gluten-free, or reduce their gluten intake, maybe start with this flour in a recipe or two. Eventually you can shift to low-glycemic (paleo) type treats since they can help to reduce inflammation, increase overall energy and keep blood sugar levels stable. But for now, let’s take one step at a time, and I can promise you, this flour is a good first step. You can get it at vitacost.com (our favorite online retailer for food), Target, Fresh Market, etc.
- 1 & 1/2 cup gluten-free Cup-4-Cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp hot water
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or maple sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp hot water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (we love enjoy life)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Blend together the butter and sugars until smooth.
- Beat the egg, then stir in the vanilla and add it to the mixture above.
- Dissolve baking soda in hot water and then add it to the batter along with salt.
- Stir in flour and once smooth, then fold in the chocolate chips.
- Use a tablespoon to dollop onto an ungreased pans.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Stick a butter knife in the middle of the cookie to see if it comes out clean.
- I think you could probably skip the hot water part but this is Alice's recipe. I typically mix wet ingredients in one bowl, dry in another, and then blend them all together. I have to keep things simple for myself! But I haven't never made these beforer and Alice knows best on this recipe!
Amanda fraraccio - Holy Moly!!!! These are great!!! I guessed at 1/2 tsp salt is that close?
landriav - HAHA! They are good, aren’t they? I am SO glad you guys liked them!! And sorry regarding the salt. That would be my guess but I will confirm with Alice and let you know if that isn’t correct. Apparently the apple doesnt fall too far when it comes to attention to detail in our family. 🙂
Robyn - Is the Coconut Sugar used in these cookies Coconut Palm Sugar? I am new to this! But I have used Coconut Palm Sugar in some of your other recipes. Thanks.
landriav - Yes that is correct Robyn! I hope you liked them!