Sugar- Free, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Cookies
As delicious as most freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are, they’re just not the most ideal snack option even when consumed in moderation. They are filled with processed flours, refined sugar, and hydrogenated oils just to name a few. If you’re trying to reduce your sugar, gluten and flour intake, you’re going to have a bad time. That’s exactly why this recipe in particular is so popular amongst our readers. It ticks off all the boxes without skimping on flavor and decadence. As an added bonus, you have the freedom to add as many chocolate chips as you want since it’s made with dark chocolate.
Why is Dark Chocolate Better than Milk Chocolate?
When it comes to chocolate, dark is better. Dark chocolate is less processed and contains more cacao than milk chocolate or white chocolate. Cacao is what gives chocolate most of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. With milk chocoalate and white chocolate, the mixture is often diluted with milk, milk soilds, sugar and other additives, which means there is less of the cacao in the finished product, unlike dark chocolate. The downside to dark chocolate is that it tends to be a little bitter. Fortunately, these cookies are made with mashed bananas, which help to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate.
Almond Flour, A Paleo Flour Alternative
I just love using almond flour for all of my baking needs. Unlike wheat flour, this healthy option won’t provoke an inflammatory response within your body. It’s also low carb, packed with vitamins and minerals, and contains a great amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These chocolate chip cookies actually work to lower your risk of cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke thanks to the use of almond flour and the omega-3 content. (1)
Dairy is another extremely common cause of inflammation for many people. And unfortunately, many dairy products found on store shelves these days have been contaminated with antibiotics and hormones due to unethical livestock practices. The good news for these cookies is they use dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids that provide your body with many great cardiovascular benefits. (2)
Thanks to this simple recipe, you can enjoy that classic melt-in-your-mouth goodness absolutely guilt-free. You won’t find many cookies that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free, but these exceed all expectations. They are a home run in my household and I’m sure they will be in yours as well. Happy baking!
P.S. – Looking for more paleo cookie recipes to bake? Here are a few of my absolute favorite recipes that yield soft, chewy goodness.
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup paleo approved dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup mashed banana
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 325ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl add the almond flour, mashed banana, pure vanilla extract and coconut oil and mix to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of the batter onto the baking sheet for each cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- Store the cookies in the refrigerator in an airtight container.