Chocolate Chip Cookies Again

CoconutGal preparing Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies The other day, I received this lovely note from one of my favorite readers, CoconutGal:I wanted to send you an email to let you know how thankful I am for your generosity in sharing your wholesome, creative, and super delicious recipes.I would like to tell you a little bit about my story;

I have been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, an autoimmune disorder where my white blood cells recognize food as a virus and attack my body when I eat, causing extreme pain, malabsorption, frail body, etc.

This diagnosis is still relatively new to me. I am 22 years old and went most of my life complaining of bellyaches and knew that greasy foods made me sick. I went to doctors and was simply told I was a picky eater or I had IBS. So I continued on with the belly aches but had no major problems until about 2 ½ years ago.

Two months before my wedding I became extremely ill. Food wasn’t staying inside of me. No one could figure out what was wrong. After 1 month and a 10-pound weight loss I was in the ER. After several tests, including an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy they diagnosed me with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis.

CoconutGal putting Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in the ovenSince that day, my eating has drastically changed, I have been to countless doctors and no one knew what to do. Only 300 Americans have been diagnosed with EG and all the doctors I have seen have never met anyone before myself with the illness. It’s very rare and very scary.I went days and months trying all sorts of elimination diets, not knowing what to do. I felt very helpless and alone. One day I could eat something and feel fine but the next day my body would attack me for eating the same food and I would be held up in bed for a week in excruciating intestinal pain.Life went on like this until this past August.  I finally found an amazing naturopath who has helped me so much!Through some great tests, (normal doctors tested me for food allergies and I came back all clear, supposedly allergic to nothing!) we found my body attacks itself when I eat: gluten, dairy, cane sugar, eggs, soy, yeast, sesame, and peanuts.  I have been free of all those foods since October and am finally starting to gain some strength and feel a little like my old self again.

Ginger the cat likes Elana's PantryI first stumbled upon your great website in the summer when I was on a feeding tube formula (full of icky things like soy and BHT) but needed it to stay alive. I loved looking at your site but sort of took a hiatus from anything food as it was just too hard to think about it since I could only drink my nutrition. Anyway, when I was able to slowly wean myself off the formula and go back to cook purred foods, I remembered your blog as it was about the same time I found out the real foods that made me sick and your diet is quite similar to mine.I already ate low gluten and had been dairy free for half a year and was mainly living on protein and veggies before I cut out the for-sure offenders.Your site has been one of my inspirations that I don’t have to suffer eating this way. It’s fun and unbelievably healthy! I would’ve never known I could have a cookie or apple pie! I just thought if I cant eat flour, butter, sugar- than there obviously aren’t any treats I can eat!I had not had a cookie in 2 ½ years. I’ve made raw food desserts with lots of nuts and dates but never knew I could have an ACTUAL cookie until I found your recipes.  Thank you so much.

Elana's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip CookieI just wanted to share this with you because I am sure you spend a lot of time creating these recipes and responding to people on your website and all this work you do is out of the goodness of your heart. Your site is a great place to find community as well which has been something I have craved for so long because eating this “restricted” is just so rare.I’ve included a couple of photos from my “first cookie since I’ve been ill experiment.” My husband helped me make your dairy free version of chocolate chip cookies on Valentine’s Day! We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but this was our special treat. They turned out wonderfully. I couldn’t wait for them to cool and ate 3 piping hot cookies! Oh my gosh! So yummy!! We used raw cocoa nibs as I cannot find cane sugar free chocolate chips. I think my dough turned out a lot greasier than yours looks in the photo. You don’t pack down the almond flour when you measure it do you? I was thinking maybe I should have done that because it seemed rather moist. I used Honeyville. The cookies were gone in 3 days and my “normal eating” husband enjoyed them just as much as me! I brought them to my parents house and it made them so happy that I should share a treat with them.I know to most people, a cookie is just a cookie, but this provides me with so many more opportunities to feel included in social events and I get to actually enjoy my food, rather than eating out of necessity. Thanks Elana for all your yummy recipes!Blessings, CoconutGal

Elana's Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you so much CoconutGal for your heartwarming message.  It is so sweet and inspiring!  And yes, I do pack the almond flour in the measuring cup when I cook –good detective work on your part that will be of help to others too.

Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings 24 cookies


Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
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In case you haven’t seen it already, here is my video tutorial on how to make chocolate chip cookies.  Stay tuned for more video tutorials.
These cookies are GREAT.


85 responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies Again”

  1. My family loves these cookies. Thank you for sharing with us. I have made them many times but I cant figure out the best way to store them. I left them cool completely then put in a ziplock bag. They are so soft the next day. Any suggestions? Thanks again!

    • Joanna, thanks for letting me know your family loves these cookies! I let them stay on the counter until they’re all gobbled up :-)

    • Just baked these cookies while we are all self isolating due to the coronavirus. These are delicious and sooo easy to make! Elana, thank you for another fabulous recipe, all of your recipes that I’ve made never disappoint, are healthy and so simple to make. Thank you!
      Love and health to you and yours!

      • Suzy, I’m glad you’re enjoying this recipe and thanks for letting me know it’s fabulous! Lots of love to you too :-)

  2. Hi Elana, I just made these cookies and used maple syrup instead of agave. Despite it being a very wet batter, they miraculously turned out great!
    I found the taste a bit too almondy though, is there another flour I could substitute? Just bought Cassava flour but have never used it. Thank you for sharing all your time and advice! Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

    • Lisa, thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried that so not sure. If you do experiment I hope you’ll let me know how it goes :-)

  3. Are the measurements off? I used to make these with less butter and honey and now my “dough” is like batter ..??

    • Jill, thanks for your comment. The measurements in this recipe are unchanged. Perhaps you were using one of my other Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes, I have several on the website :-)

  4. This recipe is my family favourite whether the tasters are on a paleo diet or not. Easy to make and perfection when finished baking. They are for a youngster on the autism spectrum as a treat but I cannot keep them away from the rest of the family. Thank you so much for creating this recipe. A million time over, thank you.

  5. Love this recipe but I had to substitute brown rice flour for Almond because of allergies. The cookies were a little grainy…any solution to this problem?

      • Tracy, maybe after making the cookie dough, let it sit in the fridge overnight and maybe the rice flour will absorb the moisture and help to make it less grainy. Just a suggestion. Also, maybe grind the flour a bit to make it more powdery, and the palm shortening might be better than the oil.

  6. Hi Elena, I was so moved by @CoconutGal story because my son is 14 and also has Eosinophilic Gatroenteritis. We are still working on gettin him well. I wish so much I could reach out to her to see what tests her naturopath ran. Such a great story!

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