Oops! I did it again. (Respect to Britney.)
I just can’t resist, I don’t know, there’s something in me. When I see a relatively healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe, I HAVE to make it gluten free and give it a shot.
The inspiration for this recipe came from the November 2010 issue of Oxygen magazine, page 50.
The original recipe used peanut butter. I like peanut butter as much as the next person, but since I still have some coconut cream concentrate,, I wanted to use that.
My last iteration of coconut cream coconut cookies came out so yummy, I was very excited to try a new version.
These cookies utilize protein powder.
This is good for increasing protein content, but can sometimes create a challenge in keeping the cookies moist enough. Protein powder absorbs a metric ton of water, as does coconut flour. This is a foreshadowing of the future….
A bit of an explanation here about the round shape of these cookies.
I use a Tablespoon size scooper (like an ice cream scoop) to make my cookies. These, obviously, did not spread at all. In my next attempt I will press these down a little flatter.
Onto the recipe!
This is my version:
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup of coconut cream
- 1/2 cup of coconut flour
- 1.5 scoops chocolate (or vanilla if that’s how you roll) protein powder
- 1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw or sweetener of your preference (this measures cup for cup like sugar, which is nice. I gave up on the super concentrated spoonable stevia, I couldn’t get the sweetness/bitterness/aftertaste right. Liquid stevia is also more use-friendly in my opinion. Amount
- 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or whatever you have on hand)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lightly beat egg in a bowl, then add the other ingredients. I added all the wet ingredients first, then the dry. At that point I started throwing in extra liquid (specifically, the coffee from my mug) because it was looking mighty dry. I’m guessing I added about a half cup. Coffee added to chocolate is always a winner to me anyway. The coconut cream can also be a bit challenging to work with, because it changes from more liquid-y to more solid-y at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which is pretty darn close to the ambient temperature in my kitchen. Living in South Florida, we’re fairly climate controlled the majority of the year, and when the A/C is on it’s set at 78 degrees. So some of the cream turned solid during the mixing process. I didn’t stress about it, and neither should you. Think of them as little white chunks of goodness.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
This made about 18 cookies for me. Given that, here’s the nutritional stats per cookie:
108 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs (3 of which are fiber,) and 4 grams of protein.
These were good, but not quite as good as the first coconut cream chocolate chip cookie version. These were a little dry, and didn’t freeze as well. For the next go round, I think I’d add a bit more liquid or more coconut cream, or even some almond butter. Or I may take out the almond flour and see what happens. That’s the beauty here-there is no wrong answer. Worst case scenario is that you chalk it up to a learning experience and eat them.
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.
If you give these a try, please let me know how you make out and any variations you make!
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How do you like to use coconut flour and/or cream? What’s your favorite way to make a healthier chocolate chip cookie? Let me know, I’m always on the lookout for cookies!
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