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5 Healthy Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes You Need to Try Now

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Dec 12, 2018

Forget flour: With a few simple swaps (think: alternative flours), you can whip up these delicious gluten-free cookie recipes. Many health-minded food bloggers are proving just how easy it is. Below are our favorite healthy, gluten-free cookies. They’re all low in refined sugar, high in flavor, and packed with nutritious ingredients. Dessert? Done!

What’s the best gluten-free flour for baking cookies?

There are a variety of gluten-free flour options to use in your baking. Gluten-free flour can offer the binding agent of regular white or all purpose flour, but will also add in extra nutrients, without the pesky gluten (which can be a sensitive subject for many people’s digestive tracts). 

If you’re looking for specific health benefits or nutrients you may want to use a single ingredient flour. For example, almond flour packs in more protein than AP flour and adds a nutty taste to your recipe. Coconut flour has a heaping amount of fiber (especially compared to low-fiber AP flour). 

Brown rice flour is also a really common substitute for AP flour. It doesn’t contain any gluten, and it has a pretty mild flavor and texture. It’s also more nutrient-dense than AP flour with added protein and fiber. However, your baked goods may come out a little dense if you substitute 1:1 AP flour for brown rice flour.  Try using ⅓ less brown rice flour than you would usually use. 

A blended flour is a great option as well, we like Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Flour as it blends almond, coconut and other flours together along with arrowroot. Blending flours can help get the texture and taste of the gluten-free baked good as close to the original as possible.

 

Do gluten-free cookies taste different?

Depending on the type of flour you’re using, you may notice some differences in cookies baked with AP flour versus cookies baked with gluten-free flour. For example, an oatmeal cookie may be surprisingly similar because using gluten- free oats is pretty close to the original recipe. However, if you take a chocolate chip cookie recipe and swap in brown rice flour, you may notice a deeper, earthier flavor than using AP flour. Almond flour will have a slightly nuttier flavor, and coconut flour will add a tropical vibe. 

While each of these flours adds their own style to your gluten-free recipes, they can also add a denseness. With almond, coconut or brown rice flour, you may need to add in a bit more liquid to your recipe than calls for. This can come in the form of an extra egg, another tablespoon of oil or even applesauce (which can help sweeten with less added sugar). 

We like to think of gluten free cookies as snowflakes. There are many different kinds, and no two are exactly alike. There are so many gluten-free cookie blogs, and at-home chefs and diy recipes that have found ways to account for the lack of gluten in their recipes. Baking is half science-experiment half-art and experimentation is encouraged! Here are some of our favorite recipes for you to try: 


1. Paleo Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutrition: 
Servings: 18 cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 119kcal
Fat: 8.5g
Carbohydrates: 9.8g
Fiber: 1.7g
Sugar: 7.4g
Protein: 3.5g

This dairy-free, Paleo cookie recipe from Ambitious Kitchen wins for a few reasons: It subs refined sugar for coconut sugar, which contains less fructose and ranks lower on the glycemic index than other sweeteners (you can also use brown sugar or honey). Plus, it uses nut butters, which are high in heart-healthy fats instead of margarine which contains hydrogenated oils. Bonus: The coconut element adds an extra layer of sweetness.

2. Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Nutrition: 
Servings: 16 cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 41kcal
Fat: 2g
Carbohydrates: 5g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 1g

Avocado might sound like an odd ingredient for cookies but with its silky smooth texture and long list of health benefits, it’s the perfect swap for butter. In addition to being gluten-free, these cookies from Bushel & A Peck are nut-free and dairy-free. 

3. Two-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Nutrition: Servings: 16 cookies

Serving size: 1 cookie

Calories: 52kcal

Fat: 1g

Carbohydrates: 10g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 2g

Yep, you read that right. This recipe for two-ingredient cookies from Ambitious Kitchen uses only banana and gluten-free oats. Feel free to add in delicious mix-ins like chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans, or coconut flakes if you want a little extra sweetness.

4. Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutrition: 

Servings: 18 cookies

Serving size: 1 cookie

Calories: 106kcal

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrates: 9g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 8g

Protein: 3g

Looking for a treat that’s sweet and savory? These bacon-laced low-sugar cookies from Paleo On A Budget have got you covered. The recipe uses almond flour instead of regular flour and calls for good quality maple syrup. Yum!

5. PB&J Oatmeal Cookies

Nutrition: 

Servings: 8 cookies

Serving size: 1 cookie

Calories: 90kcal

Fat: 3g

Carbohydrates: 15g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 5g

Protein: 3g

This gluten-free cookie recipe is a twist on both a classic PB&J sandwich and a peanut butter cookie, these oatmeal cookies from SkinnyTaste are sweet and simple with just four ingredients. Be sure to use gluten-free oats and go for a jelly that’s low in added sugar.


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5 Healthy Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes You Need to Try Now