AIP “Chocolate” Cookies Recipe (Egg-free, Nut-free, Chocolate-free)
Everyone deserves a cookie. It is one of those treats that just makes everybody feel better in their soul. When we are invested in a diet, especially one as diligent as the AIP diet, cutting those small treats out can be one of the most significant challenges. Thankfully, we are here to give you a cookie and give your inner child something to smile about.
This AIP “chocolate” cookie recipe is precisely the treat you need to get you through those harder days of your diet. Having a snack like these to indulge on once and a while is what we all deserve.
Creating a “chocolate” cookie recipe for an AIP diet presents many challenges. There is nothing about a traditional cookie that would be congruent with the stricter diet. Each of the critical ingredients required looking at and sourcing alternatives. The results are an ideal replica that changes the game on what you are limited to on your diet.
Utilizing AIP Friendly Ingredients to Create This Treat
Flour is clearly the main hurdle to climb as regular flour, or nut alternatives would not work; therefore this recipe utilizes coconut and cassava flours – both of which can be found at local health food stores. The egg has also been replaced using a method that involves gelatin as a binding agent. Finally, chocolate is one ingredient that may have seemed irreplaceable; however, carob and honey provide a delightful alternative.
Some Tips On Assembling Your AIP Cookie Dough
Considering that the recipe below is utilizing ingredients that may be new to you, I just wanted to mention that you don’t need to worry. Hopefully, by this point in your life, you have experienced the joys of assembling a cookie dough. There is not much different about this recipe and following the steps will assure a final quality product.
Even gelatin is a simple ingredient to work with once you understand how it works. The goal is to create a liquid that is held together much like an egg is. The thickness allows the dry ingredients to hold together during the mixing and baking process.
Just Enjoy a Cookie Once in a While
A lot of dieticians and experts believe that having sweets, even ones that are fit for your specific diet is a slippery slope. The theory being that, one nutritious treat will lead to cravings, and suddenly you are making excuses to slip on your meal plan.
However, you’re a lot stronger than that, aren’t you? Some diligence and self-control are all you need. We believe that you should be allowed to experience everything that your diet will allow you. There’s no point in limiting yourself further. Plus, it can be pure fun to do some baking once and a while.
Being on AIP doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some chocolate cookies.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
- Prepare the gelatin by sprinkling the powder over the hot water in a small bowl. Wait a minute or two, then stir well to dissolve and mix in.
- Combine the coconut flour, cassava flour, and carob powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the gelatin “egg” mixture and the honey and add the wet mixture to the dry mixture.
- Add the additional tablespoon of hot water to the mixture and use a spoon to combine well.
- Use your hands to form small 1oz (30g) balls from the dough and place each on a tray lined with parchment paper. Lightly press down on each ball into a cookie shape and place the tray into the oven for 12-15 min.
- Remove and set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Instead of eggs, there’s a gelatin egg (made with gelatin and hot water) to help glue things together. Instead of regular flour or nut flours, we’ve used coconut flour and cassava flour together. Instead of chocolate, we’ve used carob to provide a similar coloring and flavor.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 123
- Sugar: 8 g
- Fat: 6 g
- Carbohydrates: 15 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g