Gluten, sugar, dairy free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I received an email from a friend of mine today requesting desserts that she can make for her husband who is diabetic. I advised her to stay tuned for an AWESOME cookie recipe a friend of mine gave me. We LOVE these! I was thinking about it this evening and was planning on posting this recipe sometime in the future, but since it is so amazing I thought I shouldn’t make you wait any longer to enjoy a healthy cookie!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we go through a lot of coconut oil and bananas! I feel like we eat one or the other for at least one meal a day! I hope you can’t overdose on them, because we certainly would! Try these amazing cookies! You won’t miss chocolate chip cookies after these… well you might if you are addicted to sugar, but they are really good!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut oil, barely warm
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 – 7 ounces chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside.
In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.

The dough is a bit looser than standard cookie dough, don’t worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes. I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect.

Makes about 3 dozen bite-sized cookies.

A few notes: I usually peal and freeze bananas that are starting to get over ripe. That way I have frozen ones to use for smoothies or this recipe. When I’m using them for the cookies I heat them up to defrost them and they just become mush! So much easier than trying to mash a banana that has just been freshly pealed!

I have tried using steel cut oats, but haven’t perfected the recipe yet. Once I get that figured out I’ll be sure to post the modifications! Or if you figure it out, PLEASE let me know! Also, just remember, there isn’t any sugar or diary in this recipe as long as you don’t use milk chocolate chips. You would have to use unsweetened chocolate, which is a pretty bitter. I usually use 70% dark chocolate or something along those lines!

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