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Coconut Cookies: Vegan and Gluten - Free

Updated: Jun 20

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cookies on a plate

I believe my husband could eat chocolate chip cookies every day for rest of his life. He is truly a chocoholic, whereas I like chocolate desserts only during the cold months. However, I do like to treat myself to something sweet sometimes, and this is one of those guilt-free recipes. Not only are these coconut cookies already vegan and gluten-free, but you can make them sugar-free as well if you can find sugar-free chocolate chips!

Plate of homemade coconut cookies

What is unusual about these Coconut Cookies?

These coconut cookies are gluten free, vegan, and can be a sugar free! Perfect for serving to the crowd with a different dietary restrictions. And they falling into a nutrients dense food category. I typically go for quick and easy and use a food processor to whip these together, but you could try this more traditional way by using electric mixer with a peddle attachment.

cookies baked on a baking sheets

We are constantly being subjected to advertising, and someone is always telling us what’s good for us and what’s not. There’s a new trendy food every day. How often do you hear this food or that food is a “superfood” or that “this diet is the best diet”? I like to think that whatever God made is always best. All around the world you can find civilizations that have survived on vegetables and grains that are specific to their area. In the US, we all hear about quinoa and how healthy this grain is for us. But what about some other grains like buckwheat or amaranth? They’re all gluten-free and protein-rich grains with lots of benefits.


Amaranth is the key ingredient

Today I would like to talk about a grain that doesn’t always get much attention: Amaranth.

amaranth seeds

The little seeds are so tiny! They are not the smallest grain in the world, but they are pretty small. Amaranth has an earthy, nutty flavor, with a balance of essential amino acids. Recent studies have also shown that the phytochemicals found in amaranth have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If you like to try new things, like I do, this gluten-free ancient grain can add an interesting flavor to your baked goods without significantly altering the texture. It's great to add amaranth to your favorite baked recipes, but I recommend starting by substituting it for no more than 20% of your grains to begin with.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 12-15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Author: Inna of innichkachef.com

Yield: 24 pieces


Ingredients

½ cup coconut sugar or monk fruit (for sugar free)

2 tablespoons chia seeds (mix it with a 1/2 cup of water)

½ cup chocolate chips (I really like these one, but use any kind, even sugar free if you like)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons almond extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Beat together the coconut butter and sugar in an electric mixer with paddle attachment.

3. Add chia seed egg and almond extract.

4. Whisk together the flours, shredded coconut, baking soda, and salt, and add to the butter mixture in the bowl.

5. Gently fold chocolate chips into the batter.

6. Scoop batter with a cookie scoop onto a cookie sheet with plenty of space between the cookies. Press each cookie lightly with the back of a spoon.

7. Bake 12-15 minutes

Enjoy!

Plate of homemade coconut cookies with a cup of hot tea

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