Have you noticed I’ve done a few chocolate chip cookie recipes?
Well, even if you haven’t noticed, I have. I seem to have a bit of an obsession with chocolate chip cookies.
Chocolate chip cookies are just such a soothing, all-American treat. When I was a kid pre-celiac diagnosis, I had a chocolate chip cookie obsession then too. Soft Batch cookies, remember them? Oh, yeah. Heated up for just a few seconds until the chips were all mice and melty…heaven in a bite.
Now that I’m a bit older, gluten free, and aware of nutrition, I try to have some redeeming qualities in my treats for the most part. Every now and then there’s a place and a time for an all out, worth it splurge, but not all the time.
As a part of designing my diet to provide maximal quality and nutrients, I try to use coconut products on a regular basis. Coconut is not a miracle cure for anything, and please run screaming from anyone who tries to tell you so. However, it is a food that has some very interesting and unique properties. And, it tastes pretty darn yummy. (Funny random fact about me: I like coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut flour, and coconut flavor in general. However, I don’t like actual coconut. Like, the shredded kind. I hate macaroons. I think it’s a texture thing. But I digress.) Coconut oil is also not the devil as opponents to saturated fat may try to state. Actually, saturated fat itself is not the devil. Saturated fat in combination with refined carbohydrate may in fact, be the devil. But again, I digress.
I feel compelled to say that coconut products contain calories. This seems obvious, but I have heard stories of people adding large amounts of calorie dense coconut products to their diet and expecting the laws of thermodynamics to no longer apply. As much as that would be fabulous, it is in fact false. If you add calories in, you have to take some out from somewhere, or you will gain weight.
Tropical Traditions is where I get my coconut flour and coconut oil. I saw they had a product called coconut cream concentrate, which I had never heard of/tried before. They very kindly supplied me with a complimentary sample to try.
Coconut Cream Concentrate is pretty cool stuff.
From the Tropical Traditions website:”Coconut Cream Concentrate is certified organic whole coconut meat in concentrated form. It contains no additives* (not even water). The dried coconut meat is ground very finely, giving it a creamy consistency due to its high fat content. Since it is 70% fat, it is a rich source of pure coconut oil. Note: this is a food, not a cooking oil.”
It reminded me a lot of natural nut butter, how the oil separates and comes to the top? Same gig. I highly recommend watching the video provided by Tropical Traditions on how to prepare your concentrate to use. Me being me, I skipped that part thinking I could stir it like nut butter. No, you can’t. Warm it first. What’s really cool about this product in my opinion, is that you could theoretically pour off the top coconut oil and use that, and then use the meat part to make coconut milk (they recommend a couple teaspoons per 16 ounces of water, and it will be “grainy” due to the fiber in the coconut.) It’s pretty darn versatile. I mixed up a couple tablespoons in a quart jar with water and use it in my coffee.
Wow, this is taking forever to get to the cookies, eh?!?
So-the Tropical Traditions website has tons and tons of recipes for coconut products. I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies using coconut cream concentrate and of course that’s the one I chose!
The idea of this recipe is the same as using a nut butter to make a cookie. I decided I wanted to cut down on the fat content per cookie (even though it’s a healthy fat, again-calories matter) and substituted coconut flour for some of the coconut cream.
This is what my recipe ended up as :
- 2 TBSP egg whites, or 2 egg whites
- 2 whole eggs
- 3/4 cup Stevia in the Raw granular (measures like sugar)
- 4 oz unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate
- 2/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (plus a handful)
Preheat oven to 350.
- Beat Stevia and egg whites together, then add eggs until mixed well
- Add coconut cream concentrate, vanilla, and baking soda, mix well
- Slowly add in coconut flour until incorporated
- add chocolate chips and fold in
Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Don’t forget to use parchment paper on your cookie sheets.
These. Were. Yum.
The photo at the top shows the inside, and this is what they looked like.
You could flatten them out a bit, I use a teaspoon ice cream scooper for the batter and like the little rounded-ness of them.
These also freeze well. This recipe makes quite a bit, and I froze about half the batch. I took them out yesterday, left them thaw and they were perfect.
Tropical Traditions also is offering a free copy of their Coconut Oil book to GFF readers with your first order from them. When checking out of their store, when you fill in your account information, there is a place to choose “How did you hear of us?” In the drop down menu, choose “Referred by a friend.” Underneath this, where it says “Referred by :” type in 6503612. Your free book will be included with your order.
Want more chocolate chip cookie recipes?
Check these out:
Amy @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free Gluten and Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Karina’s Kitchen)
Karina the Gluten Free Goddess Herself :Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies
Once you eat all those cookies, you may need to take a look at the rest of your diet and see how you can fit those in without getting fat.
And if you want more, Gluten Free and Fit 101 has a lot more in store!
If you STILL don’t have enough, get my free nutrition guide.
And that should give you enough reading for a while.
If you STILL want more, or you just want a step by step, simple, checklist approach to cleaning up your diet, check out 7 Quick Start Tips to Living a Healthy Gluten Free Fit Life.
Have you used coconut cream concentrate? What’s your favorite way to use coconut? Hit it up in the comments!
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