Updated: Jun 24, 2022
Hello, fellow cookie fans! When I discovered that I couldn't eat gluten, processed sugar, or dairy, I thought my cookie eating days were over. It turns out that those of us with food allergies or sensitivities need not be deprived of delicious treats! Most gluten-free cookie recipes contain processed sugar, and most sugar-free cookie recipes contain a sugar substitute like Splenda, stevia, or monk fruit, which can all cause stomach upset and disrupt gut bacteria (ugh!). Store bought cookies are usually the same story, and they're expensive, to boot. So, why not make your own?
The best sweeteners are natural, from real food. It's possible to make your own cookies that both satisfy your sweet tooth, and are friendly on even the most delicate digestive system. Read on for the recipe that I created to delight in the pleasure that are chocolate chip cookies that will delight your taste buds and make your stomach happy.
Ready to get baking? Great! Let's go!
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Low sugar, Gluten-free!) 🍪
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted, or olive or avocado oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup 100% pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs (To make vegan, either mix 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds and 4 tablespoons of warm water, OR mix 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder with 4 tablespoons warm water)
1/3 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt (I love Kite Hill), OR or 1 tablespoon almond milk
2 cups all purpose gluten-free baking flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
12 ounces at least 72 % dark chocolate chips (*Dark chocolate contains a minimal amount of sugar. If chocolate doesn't work for you, you can substitute with raisins, cocoa nibs, or carob chips!)
Optional: 1/2 cup of the following: unsweetened coconut, ground walnuts, raisins, currents, fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Experiment with different additions to find your favorite combinations!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C). Prepare a greased baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, mix oil, applesauce, and maple syrup. Gradually add eggs or egg substitute, yogurt, and vanilla while mixing. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until blended. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and other goodies.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten lightly with a spoon.
Bake in preheated oven until cookies start to brown around the edges, being careful not to over-bake, for about 10 to 12 minutes. After about 5 minutes, transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store cookies in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 3 days, or store in the freezer in freezer bags for up to one month. Makes about 2 dozen tasty cookies. Enjoy! 😋
Did you make this recipe? Please share and leave a comment below! If there's an ingredient you can't eat in this recipe, please comment below and I'll share a substitution to make it possible. No matter your dietary needs, everyone can eat cookies! 🙂