What better way to begin eating healthier than to bake some chocolate chip cookies?! Personally, I cannot think of anything else that would be more appropriate! No but really, every balanced diet has to have a little wiggle room for some pleasure eating here and there. Whether you choose to have a cheat day once a week or a small treat daily, both seem very sensible in my book (so much so that I actually choose to do both!).
I based these cookies off of a recipe in the book Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free by Amy Green who is also the author of SimplySugarAndGlutenfree.com. I love her recipes because they are fairly easy, free of damaging refined sugars and delicious. I changed up a few ingredients in these chocolate chip cookies to fit my taste and halved the recipe in case I ended up eating them all–sometimes I just can’t control myself!
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (reduced sugar)
Ingredients (yields 1 dozen)
1/4 cup room-temperature butter, salted
1/4 cup Domino Light Sugar(a sugar & stevia blend [you can use 1/2 cup sugar if you’d prefer]
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup + 2 tbsb. all-purpose gluten free flower (I used Bob’s Redmill)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xantham gum
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (add more if ya like)
* this is a halved recipe, simply double to yield 2 dozen (1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup Domino Light or 1 cup regular sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp anthem, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup choco chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the egg, butter, vanilla and Domino Light Sugar until light and airy (about 2 minutes)
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, xantham gum and salt until uniform, then stir in chocolate chips
Mix wet ingredients in with dry ingredients until just combined (over stirring will cause a very dense cookie)
Drop my rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (look for golden edges)
Allow to cool for a few minutes on baking skeet before transferring to wire cooling rack
*Approximately 100 calories a pop
The result is a moderately sweet and slightly cake-y cookie that hits the nail on the head if your craving a ‘lil something on cheat day…or any day. Enjoy!