Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free, vegan}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

Last month marked 6 years of Tasty Yummies. WOW! How that happened, I actually have no idea. I still remember the day I decided that I wanted to share my recipes with the world and it truthfully doesn’t feel that long ago. It’s been an interesting handful of years with varying challenges, lots of healing, yet so very much to celebrate. Mostly, this website and my own personal journey to health, these both always felt like the first steps to finding my true purpose. With years of my health bringing various challenges and curve-balls, I have realized that this was all part of my path to being able to help others in a much deeper way than just recipes. This was part of my journey for reasons that now finally make sense to me.

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

For the first many years I started this website, really until late 2014, I had looked at the long journey towards health I had already been on and how I was feeling in that present moment and somehow I let myself get accustomed to “good enough”. While I can look back now and see how terrible I was still actually feeling, I was letting myself compare it to my past (and to other’s) and it all just seemed fine enough. I looked at others battling with chronic illness and other serious afflictions and I somehow felt that I had no place complaining, that I had no right thinking my afflictions were “something”. After all I hadn’t been to the hospital, I could get out of bed every morning. I didn’t have cancer or lyme disease. I would read other blogs, I saw drastic and scary before and after photos, even comments here from my readers, going through just terrible, awful things – it all made me feel like I had no right thinking I wasn’t well. I felt like I was being nit-picky, complaining about having no energy and having chronic digestive issues. So, instead I would chronically repeat to myself “it could always be worse”. While this positivity served it’s purpose for me in some ways, in many ways it was a very dangerous addiction to “positivity” that was actually hindering my healing.

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

I realize now that while I was taking care of myself, eating well and doing so much right, I also was the last thing standing in my own way on those most important steps to healing more fully and completely. It took till this year, to working my ass off to find the vitality and vibrancy I knew I had within me and to finally feeling the best I had in over 20 years – to realize that I actually let myself suffer far too long, because deep down I didn’t believe I was worthy-enough of healing. It took getting a diagnosis of kidney disease, an autoimmune form called IgA Nephropathy, in 2014, to scare me into finally seeing that I really actually wasn’t well and that despite no hospitals stays or a truly life-threatening diagnosis, I needed to step up, show up and honor this sacred body, before I did end up in a much worse place.

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

While I have been 100% gluten-free since 2005 and I cut out processed foods in 2010, for many of the last handful of years I experimented with grain-free, here and there, but I never noticed a huge difference in the way I felt, so it wasn’t something I stuck to exclusively. I realize now in hindsight, it was because I was chronically bloated, dealing with leaky gut, a parasite and pathogenic bacteria, that of course occasionally eating grain-free didn’t garnish major results for me. How could it? It wasn’t enough. These days after a year of gut healing with my naturopathic doctor, eating almost exclusively grain-free (without the labels, rules or guilt) and really and truly being connected to my body and my health in a much deeper and more intuitive way – I finally see the major changes in my body when I do eat grains. Gluten-free grains are manageable and tolerable in small amounts for me and really for those special occasions when someone buys me a gluten-free cupcake as a treat, when I head out of town and the restaurant has incredible gluten-free waffles or I just want a dang sandwich – it usually just means a bit more bloating. Nothing too bad, but after a few days of that (see also a couple days in a row of vacation splurges), I start to feel the overall inflammation, my joints hurt more, I feel tired, I see the bags under my eyes. It’s all pretty surreal and definitely not fun and rarely worth it. Those splurges happen less and less these days and I am more than OK with it.

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

All of this brings me to my most important point, having good grain-free treats for those times you want a little something fun, it’s a must. You have all heard me say this over the years, I am not a sweets person. I actually crave sweets very infrequently these days, less than ever before, but for my husband it’s still a daily occurrence (we’re working on it). A few weeks ago I was craving a good classic chocolate chip cookie and he was of course seeking dessert, as always and I realized it had been sometime since I made just a classic chocolate chip cookie. I have a load of grain-free cookie recipes here on the site, but they all have a little twist on them, how had I not shared my classic, traditional recipe, yet? Well, here we are! These cookies are the real deal. Slightly crisp on the outside, chewy and big, like you get at a bakery. They are naturally grain-free, egg-free and they can be easily made vegan/dairy-free.

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

Perfect Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies {gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, dairy-free}

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

I have all these ingredients at home. I don’t usually bake anymore for many of the same health reasons you mentioned. These look amazing though and would go over well when I host a dinner. I always love to serve dessert but not at the expense of feeling crappy anymore! Happy 6 year blogging anniversary!

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2 Em May 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

Those chips! I feel like they’re looking me right in the face saying EAT ME. Ok, chips. You win! 😉

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3 Tess May 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

These looked so good that I got up immediately and started making them when I saw the recipe in my Facebook feed. I thought I had maple syrup but couldn’t find it, so I used blackstrap molasses instead. I highly recommend it! Everything else was the same, and I loved that they turned out just like you said, a little crisp on the outside but overall soft and chewy. This is hands-down the best recipe I’ve seen for a healthy dessert.

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4 Liz December 8, 2016 at 7:25 pm

These turned out awesome! Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!

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5 Erika February 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm

could you use coconut flower instead?

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6 Beth @ Tasty Yummies February 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm

No unfortunately coconut flour and almond flour are not interchangeable. Coconut flour is far more absorbent. Sorry about that.

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7 Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

I have an almond allergy – wondering if you have found any other gluten free flour to be interchangeable with almond flour? This recipe and so many other gluten free cookie and baked good recipes call for almond flour leaving me on the outside looking in….hope you might have some insight. Thank you for your time!

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