Monday, January 14, 2013

Almost Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I've started looking into some different kinds of flour since I've recently discovered that wheat flour is quite bad for you.  Well, I should say that it is worse for you than I initially thought.  Bulk Barn has become my new favourite hangout.  Last time I was there I picked up some Spelt Flour and some Teff flour.  Spelt has a lot of similar properties to wheat flour and therefore works well as a substitute.  The other goal is to cut back on refined sugars like white or brown sugar.  Fortunately there are other options out there that are zero calorie sweeteners like Stevia, Agave, and Monk Fruit.

This recipe is an alternative that is much more healthy than a normal cookie recipe.

Ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 cups Nut Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 cup Teff Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk( warm)
  • 1/2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Nuts
*I say nut butter because you can use anyone you want.  The original recipe called for peanut butter.  I used 1 cup of almond butter and 1/2 cup hazelnut butter.
** The sweetener is only used to sweeten so you don't need to worry about how it will react chemically.  Use whatever one you like the most.

Directions:

1. Combine the nut butter, egg and sweetener in a large bowl.

2. Combine the flours, baking powder, and baking soda together.

3. Add the flour mixture to the nut butter mixture.

4. Soak the Chia seeds in the Almond Milk add the vanilla, then add to the mixture.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts.

6. Form into balls and flatten out.  Bake at 350F for 10-15min.

 Before

After