Friday, December 17, 2010

Keeping me sane...

I'm still playing around with eating gluten-free, and because I'm a glutton for punishment, I'm also not eating dairy or soy for a little while (I have my breastfeeding reasons behind this torture!).

Little jewels like these cookies are keeping me sane. I love these cookies... almost as much as regular 'ol chocolate chip cookies - if not more. (Although... I really don't remember what regular 'ol chocolate chip cookies taste like (white flour, white sugar...) it's been a long time!)

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Almond Flour) Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Elana's Pantry

2 ½ cups blanched almond flour**
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup agave nectar
1 cup dark chocolate chips 73% cacao
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Form ½ inch balls and press onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  6. Cool and serve
Makes 24 cookies

** Elana mentions on her blog that the recipe does NOT work with Bob's Mills Almond Flour. The first I made these cookies I didn't read that, and it's true, it didn't work. The cookies spread out on to the baking sheet and make one huge, flat cookie, that still tasted good but was not presentable at all. The second time around I used Bob's Mills Almond Flour AGAIN (because I still had some) and instead of 1/2 cup agave I used 2 tablespoons agave and 6 tablespoons of natural brown sugar and a tiny pinch of water to get it all to mix together. IT WORKED PERFECTLY. The cookies help their shape and they tasted great. I've them this way a few times now, so it's not a fluke! FYI in case you can't get a hold of another brand of almond flour....


Anonymous said...

I think I know about the breastfeeding torture. When I was nursing, my boy was extremely colicky. Back then, they didn't diagnose everything as acid reflux as they do now. Anyway, once I stopped eating dairy we was perfectly fine. My daughter was the same way but instead of dairy her trigger for colic was when I ate any soy products. It really proves how sensitive our milk is. Now what I don't get is when the Dr.'s prescribe medication while nursing and say it is safe for the baby???
Cookies look great and just in time for the holidays! Thanks!

christie said...

These look good, and I trust you because I know you know what a good cookie tastes like!

nuf said...

yum! keep the recipes comin' amanda. you haven't disappointed yet!

Caroline said...

Those sound incredible!!!! I will have to give them a whirl! xo