This is my first blog post that will go live right away, whoa. I shared the blog with some of my closet family and friends this week, which was super scary, but I am so happy to get this thing going. It’s so hard to stop making everything perfect (hella Type A). But really, I just needed to GET STARTED.
This first recipe is Chocolate Chip Cookies. I think most people hold a chocolate chip recipe close to their heart, perhaps a family recipe or something you make when it’s cold and rainy. Cookies are not necessarily the most nutritious food, but they are on my all-time favorite desserts.
For the rest of the posts, I will chat briefly about the nutritive value of the recipe. But since today the recipe is cookies, I would be stretching it to say there is tons of nutrition in this recipe, even if I used dark chocolate. That said, as a dietitian, I know there are benefits to eating a normal, balanced diet.
I think this word gets thrown around a lot; we try to achieve work-life balance, we #balance when showing pictures of so called “unhealthy foods”, kids like balance beams… But really, what does this mean in terms of eating? This means eating chocolate chip cookies, but also eating foods that nourish our bodies and overall health. So this might mean a dinner of healthy XYZ, followed by a couple cookies if we want. A truly balanced diet means not depriving ourselves of things we crave (ie cookies), but being able to eat them, without guilt.
So how do we achieve this so called balance?
One thing we can do is, pay attention. When you eat your cookie, for example, check in with yourself. Ask, “Am I still enjoying this?” “What do I enjoy about the aroma?” “Does this bite taste as good as the first?” Try and tune in with each taste and flavor that you are experiencing, eating slowly and mindfully. Remember that you don’t need to keep eating something if you don’t truly enjoy it. After you eat your cookie, check in again. Do you feel like you need another? Maybe you do, and that’s ok, but maybe you’re satisfied. Try doing this with everything that you are eating, noticing how your body responds after you eat certain foods. You may notice that, in other aspects of your eating, you may have more energy after eating a particular meal or food, while other foods slow you down.
That being said, lets tune in, eat mindfully, and enjoy these cookies!
These cookies are gluten-free, fluffy little balls of chocolate-y goodness. I personally prefer a fluffier cookie, as well as the creamy texture of the almond flour, in my cookie recipes. I also made these with dark chocolate (because I like dark chocolate), but can be made with any kind! The gluten-free flour blend was from Bob’s Red Mill, but I think any variety should work just fine. Hope you enjoy!
The BEST gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups gluten free flour blend (with xantham gum)
- 1.5 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cup chocolate chips (or a couple handfuls)
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Step 2 Mix together brown and granulated sugar, and butter. Add vanilla and eggs and stir to combine.
- Step 3 In a separate bowl, stir together gluten free flour blend, almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Step 4 Add half of the flour blend to the wet ingredients and mix. Add remaining flour and stir till combined. Keep in mind, when cooking with xantham gum, it is best to not over-stir.
- Step 5 Add walnuts and chocolate chips. If time allows, place bowl in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Step 6 Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Step 7 Bake 13-16 minutes, till cookies are slightly golden.
- Step 8 Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.