Sunday, May 13, 2012

Best Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Yet!

This is a great Mothers Day recipe because it's super simple and you can make it with the kids/grandkids.  Thanks so much to Paleo Parents for posting the jumping off point for this recipe.  Here is the original- so if you can do actual sugar, give it a try.  I found that making a few adjustments worked better for me, but try whichever version you like!  Don't want to mess with the "vegan sweetened condensed milk" and would rather use the regular stuff?  Be my guest.  I think at this point it's safe to say that grain-free and gluten-free are really becoming much more mainstream, whereas sugar-free, not so much.  But, at the very least, it does seem like people are using unrefined sugars more, turbinado, date/coconut sugar, palm sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.  So, sugar-free or not, this is a dope, easy peasy recipe.  And even better the day after!

Best SF/GF Chocolate Chip Cookies (not kidding, these are amazing)
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 can light coconut milk
1/4 cup preferred liquid sweetener (i used SF vanilla syrup, but use what you like- SF or regular maple syrup, honey, date paste, coconut nectar, etc)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt (i like my treats a little salty!)
1/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips (these don't bother us- they contain sugar alcohols that don't bother our tummies, but if sugar isn't a problem for you, or sugar alcohols disagree with you- use whatever you like best!)

Pour your light coconut milk into a pot and add your sweetener.  Simmer until it's reduced and thickened considerably, to a consistency that you could drizzle.  This takes awhile and it will reduce down a LOT.  That's ok!  In a bowl, mix your almond flour, salt, and shredded coconut.  Mix in your condensed coconut milk and and your vanilla.  Combine to form a dough, then add in your chocolate chips.  Don't have SF choc chips?  Use dried cherries, chopped walnuts, dried pineapple, raisins, apricots, whatever!  I formed mine into little 1 inch balls and then flattened with the palm of my hand.  I got 19 small cookies out of this batch.  These will not spread at all so flatten them out so they cook evenly.  I always bake on parchment, but would love a few silpats!  They do seem pretty crumbly, but don't worry, they'll hold together great after baking, and even better after a day or so.  Have fun with these, and happy happy happy Mothers Day to all the mommies out there, step-moms, moms to be, grandmas, wannabe moms, and the wonderful dads that make it all possible.  XoXoGFG 


  1. I'll make these for the kids this summer! A lot of the Paleo dessert recipes are too sweet for us BFCers (or ppl trying to lose weight). But they are better than the alternatives for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  2. How long and at what temperature do you cook these? Also can I use full fat coconut milk?

  3. yes definitely use full fat coconut milk! 350 until browned, in a normal oven that would probably be 15-18 min. My oven takes extra long for whatever reason. enjoy!!!