Christmas baking is one of the best parts of the festive season, especially when it involves chocolate!  Those of us with food sensitivities/allergies still want to enjoy the treats that every one else indulges in.

Here is a great natural recipe with alternatives to refined sugars and baking wheat free!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)

Gluten free oat flour and oats may be purchased from www.creamhillestates.com.

½ cup rolled oats

2-1/2 cups oat flour (spelt can be used if gluten isn’t an issue)

1-1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup butter, softened

¾ cup raw brown sugar

¾ cup raw sugar

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. lemon juice

2 eggs

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (use dairy free chocolate chips if celiac or dairy free)

1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grind oats in a food processor or blender until fine.  Combine the ground oats with the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla and lemon juice in another medium bowl with an electric mixer.  Add the eggs and mix until smooth.

Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend well.  Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the dough and mix by hand until ingredients are well incorporated.

Spoon rounded portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  You don’t need to press the dough flat.  Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until cookies are light brown and soft in the middle.  Store in a sealed container when cool to keep soft.

If you don’t want the cookies to spread so much, put the dough in the refrigerator to chill completely first.

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How to Use Wheat/Gluten Free Flours

All Purpose Substitute Recipe: 2 Cups rice flour (brown rice flour), 2/3 Cup potato starch and 1/3 Cup tapioca starch. Add 1-1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (easily found at The Bulk Barn or local health food store), then sift it together at least 3 times. Substitute it cup for cup for all-purpose flour in cookies, quick breads and almost everything. It’s a little heavy for cakes though!

Wheat free and gluten free flours – Taken from http://www.wheat-free.org/wheat-free-flour.html  From: http://www.ellenskitchen.com/faqs/glutfree.html

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