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Friday, December 11, 2020

Gluten Free Yummy Cookies

Searching for a healthy cookies recipe?  Look no further, we are sharing today our healthy cookies recipe with you today.

This healthy cookies recipe is a gluten free cookie, and is very simple to make.  Healthy cookies no sugar is a wonderful option when choosing a healthy cookie.  These healthy no bake cookies are sweet, yet fudgy too.

I came across a similar recipe several years ago that was a three ingredient cookie recipe.  While they were pretty good, I knew I could improve the recipe a bit myself.  So I decided to add a few ingredients and see how my version turned out.  

It may not have been the three ingredient cookie recipe that catches so many people's attention, but I was pretty happy with the results.  The sea salt and vanilla enhances this recipe and I have to say, ohhh... sea salt and chocolate?  My, oh my, you are my favorite, yep, I am looking at you, both together, heaven!   

These are the easiest Gluten Free Cookies ever... no preheat, no baking, just mix and eat!  Can it get any more simple than than?  I do not think so!  

What you will need:

  1. (1) 8 oz. package pitted dates
  2. 1 cup almond flour
  3. 1 t vanilla
  4. 1/4 t sea salt
  5. 1/4 c dark chocolate chips (you can use more if you wish)

What you will need to do:

  • I throw all of the ingredients into my food processor and mix it all together at the same time!  Could it be any more easier to make this cookie?  We all know I love an easy recipe, and this one hits the top of the charts!
  • Spoon the dough into your hand and roll into balls.  If your dates are a little dry, you can add a few drops of water to make the dough easier to roll into balls and so it sticks together.  
  • This will make 12-15 balls.  
  • If you like chunks of chocolate in your cookies, you can leave the chocolate out and mix the dough and add the chocolate later.  I like mine smooth and everything mixed all at once.

As you can see, sometimes I do revert back to the simple three ingredient recipe of only almond flour, dark chocolate chips, and pitted dates, but the recipe I am sharing with you today is my favorite version.

No added sugar, the dates are sweet enough so there is no need for added sugar to these healthy cookies.  I promise, you will not miss the added sugar at all!  I know I did not, and in the past before a few diet changes, I was someone who craved chocolate and sugar often.  

You could also use any chocolate chip you choose, it does not have to be dark chocolate, it is just what I prefer. 

Once I began consuming dark chocolate, I could not go back to semi-sweet chocolate; it became too sweet for me.  Those chocolate chips from Nestle are so smooth, and really pack a lot of chocolate punch!  The dark chocolate chips are also larger than other chocolate chips on the market, really causing that explosion of chocolate in your mouth when you take that first bite.

My mother has commented wow, those are super chocolatey!   Yep, if you are going to consume chocolate, then it needs to be ALL chocolate for me.  How do you feel about chocolate?  I always admire those folks who can avoid it, I am not one of those people, never have been, and probably never will be.   

It began at a young age, me and my love affair with chocolate.  My mother always kept the chocolate chips in our freezer, and I would go out to the freezer and remove a few chocolate chips and get my fix when I thought I had to have chocolate.  I would say it began at the same time she let me explore a bit more in the kitchen.  I began mixing up cookies with our stand mixer when I was four. 

When I shared this story of my chocolate chip addiction with my husband, he asked how in the world did you just eat chocolate chips from the bag and plain?  He thought you would only do this if they were milk chocolate chips.  

Me?  Well, I guess that makes me a true chocolate lover then because I will eat it in all forms.  Doesn't matter to me, but I have found over the years dark chocolate is really my favorite.  

When I learned I would need to go gluten free, I thought the world was ending!  There were not a lot of options out there at the time.  I knew it was the best for me considering my reaction to wheat, and it seemed to be getting worse over time.  I think I was just so overwhelmed with this new development, I wasn't sure what  to do.

Gluten free is not as bad as I once thought it was, I am used to this lifestyle now.  I do not miss gluten foods like I once did.  I like to keep my recipes simple, and use items easily found on the market.  I really am not a fan of going through a recipe and finding items that are not commonly found at the grocery so I have tried to make our blog as a place where I myself would want to be, and try the recipes we share.    

The gluten free lifestyle is not for everyone, but when you have to live this lifestyle, then you get accustomed to it and make the most of it.  I found I was feeling so much better once I eliminated wheat from my diet.  Since I have a wheat, barley, and rye allergy, it affects my breathing, making it difficult to breathe.  So, this is not a choice for me, but I will say I have made the most of it.  I enjoy combing the internet and then making small changes to recipes to make them my own.  I will keep the recipes coming for those of you who want to try new things.  

Enjoy!  💞

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