Friday, October 9, 2009

No Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

We've been playing with various chocolate chip cookie recipes for a while to come up with something similar to the original one. It's been a very long time since anyone in this house has had a "proper" chocolate chip cookie and when our new batch of grain sweetened chocolate chips arrived at our doorstep last month we began plotting our recipes to see which one we thought would most likely work, and then the cooking began. I must admit that as a migraine sufferer and working on eliminating them through avoiding various food triggers I was quite saddened that I couldn't really eat these (chocolate and coconut), but I did and they were scrumptious.. despite the migraine.

Scrumptious Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream 1/2 c coconut oil & 1/2 c butter in a bowl until soft, creamy, & fluffy.

Add 2 eggs, 1 tsp of vanilla and keep on mixing it until well combined and fluffy.

Mix in 1 - 1 1/2 c coconut sugar. We don't need things as sweet in this house, so you may want to go for the full amount, or add the smaller amount and taste it first.

Mix in 1 t salt, 1 t baking soda, 2 1/2 c flour until well combined, scraping the bowl as needed.

Stir in one package of grain sweetened chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoons full of batter onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 (180) for 8 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet and them remove to a wire rack to cool. If you're lucky the kids might save you on for when you're done baking the rest up!

A note on Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips: I buy our grain sweetened chocolate chips through a company called SunSpire. The only downside is that they don't ship directly to Australia due to a variety of reasons. You can buy other Sunspire products within Australia, but not this particular one. Why? I haven't gotten that one figured out yet, but I will say that what is sold here is actually made in Israel and while it has the Sunspire label it was also pointed out to me that they are sublabeled by Eskal. Totally weird, but there you have it. The products you can buy here are the Mint, Raspberry, Plain, & Almond chocolate bars. I've also regularly seen the dairy free chocolate chips that they sell, which are much smaller in size (the chip, more like a mini) and perfect for making mint chocolate ice cream with. However, they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice syrup and will set off a string of the grumpies around here.

The upside of these chips, if you can get them, is that they use corn and barley to sweeten them. They aren't nearly as sweet as a normal chocolate chip, in fact probably more like dark chocolate. Something our Morgan can't stand. However, he'll eat these chips in cookies or trail mix and has never complained about them. My mother-in-law also consumed them and raved about how tasty they were, so we fessed up that they were our yummy no sugar chips. I will also say that while some balk at the price of them ($5 a bag), that's average price here for chocolate chips. So to be able to obtain ones that we can enjoy from time to time is very cool for us. Oh, and for those of you with other allergies, Sunspire chocolates are dairy free, gluten free, and wheat free.

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