My husband calls these gluten free cookies a little bit of heaven. They are the first gluten free baked item that he actually liked and are still his favorite. I found the recipe on one of my favorite gluten free blogs, Elana’s Pantry. I love her simple and delicious approach to food. For years, I made these cookies like she does, with grapeseed oil, but recently, in an effort to lower the omega 6 fatty acids in my diet to get my omega 6:omega 3 ratio closer to 1:1 or even 5:1, I have substituted organic raw coconut oil instead (grapeseed oil has a 676:1 ratio!). These chocolate chip cookies are even more than a little bit of heaven now!
Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, meaning our bodies cannot make these fatty acids so we have to consume them. They are each very important to good health although very different. Omega 6 fatty acids play a role in processes that promote inflammation, whereas omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect. Ideally, we need to eat a diet that has a 1:1 ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. Realistically in America, due in large part to the type of cooking oils we use, we eat a diet having a ratio closer to 20:1 or even 50:1. It’s no wonder so many of us are suffering from inflammatory conditions. Choosing your cooking oils wisely can have a huge benefit to your health, as nearly all diseases start with hidden inflammation in our bodies.
Coconut oil is made up of about 92 percent saturated fat, so it is solid at room temperature, making it an ideal substitute for butter and lard in baked items. It is less sensitive to heat than a lot of other oils too, so it is an excellent choice for baking, roasting, or any cooking at a high temperature.
For years, coconut oil was crossed off our list of healthy oils due to it’s saturated fat content and the risk for heart disease. But not all saturated fats are the same. A study done by Dr. Westin Price of South Pacific Islanders found that although the natives ate a diet high in coconut, they were healthy and trim with no evidence of heart disease. Several other studies have been done in tropical areas with the same results: excellent cardiovascular health and fitness despite getting 30 – 60% of their calories from coconut oil.
Surprisingly, coconut oil is not only “not bad” for you, but it is actually good for you, as it has been shown to…
- Improve your heart health
- Boost your thyroid
- Increase your metabolism
- Promote weight loss
- Have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
- Benefit your skin when used as a skin care product
Take care to choose only organic and raw or virgin coconut oil (not refined), as the process to isolate coconut oil uses chemicals unless labeled organic and raw or virgin.
- 2½ cups almond flour from www.honeyvillegrains.com
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup organic raw coconut oil
- ½ cup agave nectar or honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, stir together almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, stir together coconut oil, agave nectar, and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- Mix in dark chocolate chips.
- Place spoonfuls of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
- Recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.