Today kicks off this years’s Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts! I’ve been doing this event for a couple of years and really enjoy sharing a week of treats with you here on gfe. Obviously you know that I love sharing gluten-free desserts as I have an entire other blog, All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time, devoted to them, but I digress.
Today’s recipe for Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatie Cookies—or Coconut Chocolate Chip Raisin Oatie Cookies if you have a raisin-lovin’ family member like Mr. GFE—is reader inspired. These cookies are gluten free and dairy free like my recent version of Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies. In a comment on that post, gfe reader Ada commented that she’d made them and declared them “the best chocolate chip cookies either of us have ever eaten.” Oh, that made my day! Then she noted that she had “added a little shredded coconut with the chocolate chip measurement.” I decided right then and there that I would be adding shredded coconut the next time I made chocolate chip cookies.
The next time the mood struck me to make chocolate chip cookies, I didn’t have any gluten-free all-purpose flour on hand. That was fine because I wanted to make a more nutrient dense cookie. I decided to use oat flour as Mr. GFE is a big oatmeal raisin cookie fan. Admittedly, I decided to add much more in the way of chocolate chips than raisins, and truth be told, I only added raisins to the last bit of the batter to make a few cookies that included raisins. Yes, I am the baker and I can exercise that control. Hehe. Honestly, Mr. GFE doesn’t eat too many sweets so it would not make sense for me to add raisins to all the cookies and then have to pick them out later. But no matter what your personal preference, these are hearty and delicious cookies!
You’ll find the recipe at the bottom of this post, but I also have some sweet giveaways and offers to share with you today!
Renee at MadeOn Skin Care Products is giving away a free lip balm with any order today, February 11, only. I absolutely love Renee’s products and have written about them before (here and here). They’ve been getting my lips, elbows, hands, and feet through the dry winter for sure! If you’ve been delaying on ordering, now might be the perfect time!
Caveman Cookies are another favorite product of mine. It almost seems unfair to call them a “product” as they are simple, but delicious cookies made of fruit, nuts, and honey only. I’ve written about them before as well (here and here). I like to purchase them before road trips and have picked up some when I’ve seen them on travel before. Cavemen Cookies is offering 20% off for Valentine’s Day through February 14. That’s a stock-up price! Enter the code Valentine over at Caveman Cookies to get the discount.
Of the wonderful items left over from the holidays that I still need to give away, the one that complements today’s SSS recipe best is Hallie Klecker’s new cookbook, Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Delicious and Nutritious Treats. Hallie blogs over at Daily Bites and is also the author of The Pure Kitchen (which I reviewed here; Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe included) and the new e-book on Kindle, Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free: A Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook, which she co-authored with Alisa Fleming. You may well already know Alisa, too. Alisa is the founder of the “go to” site, Go Dairy Free and resource book/cookbook by the same name.
Let’s talk about Hallie’s cookies. As I said, it was a healthy cookie recipe that I made from Hallie’s first book and she has shared many wonderful and super healthy cookies on her blog. So the topic and success of her latest cookbook shouldn’t come as any surprise to any of her readers. I confess that I have not yet made any of the 50 cookie recipes from Hallie’s cookbook, but I’m eying two recipes first and foremost … the Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge Cups and Two-Bite Baklava Cookies. There are lots of whole grain recipes in this cookbook, but 23 recipes in this cookbook are grain free. All are dairy free and refined sugar free, and you will find a good number of vegan options, too.
Here are a few other reviews of Super Healthy Cookies from other folks whose opinions we trust.
Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom (includes Hallie’s recipe for grain-free, paleo/primal friendly Almond Pecan Cookies)
Go Dairy Free (includes photos of recipes from the book)
Lexie’s Kitchen (includes Google Hangout with Lexie and Hallie, and Hallie’s recipe for Chunky Monkey Cookies)
~ But I’m not content to just offer this cookbook as the giveaway. I have more catching up to do than that! The second part of this giveaway is Alisa’s Go Dairy Free resource book/cookbook. This is a book that shares so much eye-opening info and gives folks the “tools” and recipes to go dairy free joyfully. I shared a review of Alisa’s book here. But here’s a listing of the chapters:
* Understanding Dairy & Dairy-Free From a Health Perspective
* Eating Away From Home
* Grocery Shopping & Preparing Your Kitchen
* All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dairy Substitutes
* Time to Eat! – Recipes & Recommendations
* More Recommended Resources
My favorite recipe from this book? Orange Cheesy Sauce … that cheesy taste is something one really, really misses when going dairy free and this sauce can be used in many of those recipes that call for cheese, like mac ‘n cheese. Note that this book is not strictly gluten free, but it’s easy to skip over the few baking recipes that do contain gluten or substitute gluten-free flours. And Alisa does note gluten-free options many times. Over the last several years Alisa has become a gluten-free guru as well and her next book, a cookbook, will be dairy free and gluten free. Hooray! That leads me to the last part of the giveaway …
~ The third part of this giveaway is Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free: A Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook. This ebook (which you can read on Kindle or on your computer), co-written by Hallie and Alisa, is really an amazing starter guide for living gluten free and dairy free using whole foods, just like it says. Now that’s a big topic to cover so one would think that a veritable tome would be required versus a concise e-book, but no, Alisa and Hallie manage to pack all this info with recipes and meal plans to boot into an easy-to-read (and “quick read”) and extremely helpful ebook. This book will benefit many!
Here’s a quick look at what you’ll find inside:
- Essential definitions of dairy and gluten
- A guide to “raiding” and “reloading” your kitchen with wholesome foods
- Lists of dairy and gluten ingredients for quick reference
- Shopping lists for healthy pantry items, proteins, produce, and more
- An in-depth ingredient primer
- Tips for dining out while living a dairy-free, gluten-free lifestyle
- 5 seven-day meal plans (including grain-free and vegetarian/vegan plans)
- 75 healthy dairy-free, gluten-free recipes
The giveaway for Super Healthy Cookies, Go Dairy Free, and Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free: A Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook—graciously donated by Hallie and Alisa—will end Thursday, February 14, at midnight Eastern. There will be three winners, one winner for each book. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment doing one of the following: telling us your current favorite “healthier” cookie recipe, your biggest challenge in living dairy free, or the single biggest positive impact to your life from living gluten free and/or dairy free. Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the following winners!
The winner of Super Healthy Cookies is Alyssa (Gluten-Free Muse) ~ “I am loving on these simple cookies that I call Coconut Nut Butter Cookies. It is 1 cup of shredded coconut, 1 cup of brown sugar (I only use 1/2 a cup at most), 1 cup of nut butter (your choice) and 1 egg. Mix and scoop. Cook at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Amazing!!
Living dairy free has been more challenging than gluten free because the side effects of eating dairy are less intense. I must say, the cheese is the toughest for me to resist!
The biggest benefit of being gluten and dairy free are my energy levels, physical stamina and overall healthy feeling. I’m so happy I made the changes I did in my diet!”
The winner of Go Dairy Free is Linda S ~ “One of my favorites is raw carrot cake cookie bites which are quick to make using raw carrots, nuts, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove – process in food processor and voila – yummy and delicious! I switched to a whole foods diet, removing dairy, sugar & everything from a box and in six short months my cholesterol dropped 100 pts! (and my husband’s heart dr. said it can’t be done). I have more energy now than I know what to do with just by sticking with God’s healing foods and ditching ALL processed foods. My biggest challenge was ‘cheese’ but I’m over it.”
The winner of Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free: A Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook is Emily ~ “For Christmas, I “healthified” and de-glutened Seven Layer Bars. They were delicious!”
- 2 eggs (egg substitutions *should* work, but I haven't yet tried them)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup coconut sugar (or granulated white sugar or more brown sugar)
- ½ cup sweetened coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I use my homemade vanilla extract)
- 2⅓ cups oat flour (certified gluten free)
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease baking sheets.
- In large bowl, add eggs and beat slightly.
- Add sugars, sweetened coconut, and vanilla extract. Mix.
- Stir in oat flour. Then stir in oil and mix well.
- Add chocolate chips and raisins (if used). Stir until evenly distributed.
- Let batter sit for a few minutes until oil is absorbed some.
- Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for about 10 minutes until they look mostly done on top.
- Let cookies stand on the baking sheet until they release and then remove for cooling.
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