Healthy gluten free chocolate chip cookies made from scratch. These easy gluten free cookies are soft, gooey, and made without xanthan gum. It’s truly the perfect GF chocolate chip cookie.
I remember when I was little, my mother would bake cookies and treats for a week the first of December to box up and ship to my brother for Christmas.
I loved being in the kitchen and helping her. I was small, so I don’t know how much help I really was (other than to eat the cookies!) but I think that’s when my love affair with cookies began.
I’ve rarely met a cookie I didn’t like, but chocolate chip cookies are hands down my favorite. I’m kind of picky about them, though. I only like them if they’re soft and gooey. If they’re crunchy, I just won’t touch them.
How Do you Make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies?
So when I went gluten free and low carb, I was kind of bummed I had to give up cookies.
I’d try a GF chocolate chip cookie recipe here and there, but they never did the trick for me. More often than not they were crunchy and crumbly. I wanted a chocolate chip cookie that was gluten free AND soft and gooey.
I can’t remember where now, but a few years ago I came across a blog where they were discussing leaving eggs out of cookie recipes completely and using liquid to get a gooey texture.
I had just started baking with xylitol honey, so I decided to do a little experimenting to see if I could come up with really good gluten free chocolate chip cookies from scratch.
After a few batches, I nailed it. The result was an easy gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe that met my soft and gooey standard.
Food Intolerances? Give These a Try
Before I found out I was gluten intolerant, I never really thought much about food allergies or special diets. I didn’t know anyone who had dietary requirements either, so it just wasn’t on my radar.
Now I know how tough it is to watch other people eat good tasting treats and I’m stuck with the same old same old. And that stinks!
That’s why I like this chocolate chip cookie recipe, it ticks all the right boxes for several diets:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free (substitute dairy free chocolate chips)
- Vegan (substitute vegan chocolate chips)
- Keto/low carb
Important Tips to Getting the Perfect GF Cookie
This really is my go-to cookie recipe now, and I make them a lot. I’ve tried changing up the ingredients at times and I had to throw them out. I have a couple of tips to make sure you get the best results:
- Do not double this recipe! This recipe only makes a dozen cookies, and they don’t last long. I’ve tried to double it, but they turn out awful and I’m not sure why.
- This recipe only works with xylitol honey or xylitol maple syrup! I thought I’d be smart once and buy sugar free honey from the store instead of ordering xylitol honey. The result was a plastic looking, plastic tasting cookie.
- You must use both almond flour and coconut flour. If you only have one flour or the other, don’t assume you can substitute all coconut flour for the almond flour or vice versa. You’ll have either goop or hockey pucks if you do.
- Xylitol can be harmful to dogs. Use caution when using around your four legged friends!
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Add the first eight ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips and/or nuts.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake 15-17 minutes or until slightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Once they've set slightly, remove to rack to finish cooling.
- Do not double this recipe!
- This recipe only works with xylitol honey or xylitol maple syrup. My experience with sugar free honey resulted in a plastic looking, plastic tasting cookie.
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Looking for Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Xanthan Gum?
I’ve never done a lot of cooking with xanthan gum. I’m not against using it, it was just an ingredient I couldn’t find when I first started baking gluten free so I didn’t use them in my recipes.
Since then I’ve realized a lot of people can’t digest xanthan gum well, but have problems finding GF recipes without it.
This is a flourless chocolate chip cookie recipe that doesn’t need the xanthan gum to have a normal texture. I hope you’ll find these as yummy as I do! 🙂