Thursday, 10 July 2014

Gluten Free Double Chocolate {Protein} Cookies




You know what is better than chocolate?

No?

The answer is nothing is better than chocolate. UNLESS that thing is double chocolate. Then you win 5 points of unspecified merit.

It was 8pm...on a Tuesday...maybe it was Wednesday. We did not break our fast for an hour...and I thought to myself...this night needs cookies. It needs cookies like no other night has ever needed cookies before.

Not just any cookies. These cookies:








Double the chocolate, none of the gluten. All of the love, none of the sugar. None of the icky, and all of the protein amazingness. Winning all around.

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS.

These are a soft in the middle, brownie-like cookie exploding with chocolatey chip wonder. No creepy or weird ingredients, only a dense fudgey cookie with a heart of...well...chocolate?

I don't even have words. This is maybe the most delicious cookie I have ever had, even taking into account all the unhealthy cookies I have had. It is so chocolatey my head might explode. Yet soft and light at the same time. Like a cookie brownie. A brookie. Yes!








Bonus? I calculated the calories and each cookie has only 90 calories! Not that it really matters, but hey -- if you wanted to know, now you know! (I calculated this based on the ingredients listed making 32 good sized cookies).










If you are anything like me chocolate is a non-negotiable, must have, cannot live without food-stuff. So without any further ado, let us delve into this simple yet satisfying cookie recipe!






Gluten Free Double Chocolate 

{Protein} Cookies

Yields 30-36 cookies
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, High Protein, Vegan Option


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate brown rice protein (SunWarrior!)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs or egg replacer 
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt or applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 5 drops liquid stevia* (optional) 
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk 
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or less! up to preference)
  • Optional: extra chocolate for drizzling on top 
*If you desire a very sweet cookie feel free to add white chocolate chips or 1/4 cup raw sugar/stevia 





Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare baking sheets that are greased or lined with parchment paper
  2. Combine all dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a medium bowl and sift together
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all wet ingredients
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until a large dough forms
  5. If the dough will not form a large ball, use the almond milk in small amounts at a time to allow dough to come together otherwise you might not need it at all, just depends on your flour 
  6. Add in chocolate chips and mix thoroughly
  7. Roll dough into balls and press them down flat onto your baking sheet
  8. Bake each batch for 8-12 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are slightly firm
  9. Allow to cool slightly before drizzling on melted chocolate if you desire 
  10. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days 

Note: Do not over bake! Cookies can become dry if baked for too long. At around 8 minutes check to see if tops are no longer wet/shiny and have puffed up slightly indicating your cookies are done! Cookies will be very fragile and soft before they cool so exercise caution when removing them from the baking sheet! 


See? Easy peasy! Cookies are such a delight for me to make because of how simple they are. All in one bowl, mix it together and BAM. Beautiful cookies.

Just press them down...









Bake them, and boom! Little drizzle here, a little drizzle there..











Amazing, right?? RIGHT?!








You could even bake these as brownies, I think. Maybe just up the liquid a touch? These are perfect to me as cookies though. I don't like cloyingly sweet desserts -- so these are perfect to me! Very rich and dark but so soft in the middle. The perfect cookie.










So soft and chewy and...I can't stop looking at them.


Did I mention they stack up really well? Ba dum CHA!


But really, they do! You don't even need the string to hold them there, I just liked the look.







Do you see that texture?







I sincerely hope you try these. They are perfect for sharing...or eating alone in your room watching Netflix. I have tried both methods and both yield pretty great results.

But again, DO YOU SEE THAT TEXTURE?!







Do you love cookies? I am not a huge cookie person to be honest with you. But I loved these and I LOVE chocolate. This is the single greatest thing I have ever done. For realz.


I wanted to eat them ALL...but luckily the healthy-ness of the cookies prevented me from eating more than 1 or 2 tops because they make you satisfied in a totally happy and not guilty way. Which is good and bad all at once because I WISH I could eat 10.

 I was walking around my hallway all disoriented when my mom asked me what was wrong -- I told her I knew I could eat another cookie and didn't know what to do...so naturally, I ate another one. OOPS. Same thing happened to every single person in my family. These cookies are insane.

If you know me...going back for seconds is a huge deal. I want to sing sweet love ballads to these cookies and hold their hands in a meadow twirling around until we pass out into a plush field of daisies.


Because, that's not weird...right?





Until next time, happy baking!

XO

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