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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Naturally Gluten-Free! I also made a few other tweaks to accommodate dairy and egg allergies, which also happened to bump up the nutritional content!

I have no idea where this recipe came from, my aunt sent it to me several years ago and I just stumbled across it tucked away in a file. There is no name or publication on the recipe, so if this is your recipe, please let me know and I will give you full credit! :-D

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar

1 cup Peanut Butter (or substitute with another nut butter and I have also heard there is a pea butter called No Nuts Pea Butter.)

1 large Egg (I used Flax Seed Gel: heat 1 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed with 3 Tbs. Water over medium-low heat until you get an egg white consistency)

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 cup Chocolate Chips (I used 365 Brand Vegan Chocolate Chips from Whole Foods)

  • Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon. Stir in chocolate morsels.
  • Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350° F. for 12 minutes or until puffed and golden brown (cookies will be soft in the center).
  • Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Flax Seed Gel: the consistency really does mimic an egg white!

All the ingredients before adding chocolate chips

It was very cool to find dairy-free chocolate chips at Whole Foods!

These are DELICIOUS!

We absolutely could not tell I replaced the egg with flax seed gel! Added bonus: we cut back on some cholesterol and bumped up the fiber content!

Click here to see the nutritional facts for Flax (I’m a poet and I didn’t know it! ;-) )

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Comments

  1. Jen says:

    This is the second peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe I've seen today.. I think blogland is trying to tell me something… yuuuuum

  2. Wendy says:

    These are the best cookies ever!! My friend gave me the recipe after realizing it didn't have flour.

    Off topic – did you get your kids scoped??

    • Wendy,

      Do you know who wrote this recipe? They are really good aren't they?!!

      As for the scope: Luke tested "negative" for the genes, although the lab did not test for all the genes. He is only 2 1/2 and he has never had gluten (since we are a gluten-free family), so a scope would be negative regardless.

      Sam, has the gene and tested positive on the blood test. We did the scope, but it was negative. Sam's GI believes that is because we caught it so fast. His first blood test, at age 3 was negative and his followup at age 5 was positive. We are thinking that he had not been reacting long enough to do intestinal damage. Sam was also not eating much gluten at the time, only 3 days a week when he was at preschool. I was agonizing over what to do, and his Dr. told me that if Sam were his son, he would put him on the GF diet immediately. I agreed because full-blown celiac can have horrible consequences, especially for children. Just not worth it in my book. My job, as his mom, is to get him to adulthood as healthy as possible. If he wants to challenge it at that time, then he can make that decision for himself.

      The hardest thing for me, when I was diagnosed, was missing the foods I grew up on. Gluten-Free foods 5 years ago, left MUCH to be desired. At least growing up gluten-free, Sam can always have his mom's "home-cooking." :-)

      All four of us are getting the gene test done again next month (just got to figure out which lab to use). I really want to "own" my disease and find out everything I can about which genes I have (I have celiac and DH), the exact genes my boys have and my husband is also curious seeing how going gluten-free made him feel like a teenager again! :-)

      I will blog on our process as soon as I get it going, waiting on the tax return!

  3. Jen…

    You should revise what you are giving up for lent, instead of all sugar, just give up white sugar then you could make these cookies! :-)

  4. Wendy says:

    Thanks for much for the info. My son tested positive for the gene, but negative for the other markers but the gluten free diet cleared up his symptoms. The doc wants us to give him gluten and do the scope in 8 weeks…I'm on the fence because I don't want him to go through all that when the scope isn't 100%. My aunt and mom have celiac, so it's pretty likely this is the problem. I went off gluten to see how I'd feel and I'm doing great! It helps to hear others feel the same as I do.

    • Wendy,

      Have you tested your son for a wheat allergy? There has also been a lot of new information coming out on the validity of non-celiac gluten intolerance. I highly recommend a book (Dr. Alessio Fasano is one of the authors) called Fast Facts: Celiac Disease; http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Facts-Geoffrey-Ph-D-Ho
      This is a fascinating book and it addresses the "spectrum of celiac disease." Typical, Atypical, Silent, Potential and Latent forms of celiac disease. It was written for medical professionals, but I have had no problem understanding it. It is a small book, not like a textbook.

      Your situation is a difficult one, so many people have different views on the subject. My personal feeling is that a mother's intuition or "gut feeling" (pun intended) should not be ignored. I absolutely agonized over my decision to put Sam on the GF diet before a positive biopsy. One because I had people like my mom who would say that it wasn't fair to Sam since he would inevitably miss out on popular "childhood" treats like McDonald's and the like. My mom felt sorry for Sam, which only made me doubt what I felt in my heart was the right thing to do. Ultimately, I proceeded with the gluten-free diet and subsequently decided that Sam would not miss out, I would prove my mother wrong! :-)

      So then, my journey began and I have never looked back. My hope for Sam, by keeping him gluten-free while he is growing and needs his nutrients, that someday there might be a medication, etc., that if he wanted to, he could have a "free-er" life.

      I lived on gluten for 20+ years while being intolerant, and never knew it. I now have other health issues related to celiac disease that I will have to take medication for, for the rest of my life, and I am only 36. That does something to your psyche! My celiac disease is no longer active because of a strict gluten-free diet, but I will forever pay the consequences for having not done so much earlier.

      It is a personal decision for every parent who is in this situation to make. There are pluses and minuses for either path. You will know in your heart what is the right decision for your son. :-)

  5. Jen says:

    I totally made that off the cuff tweet about giving up sugar for lent but completely disregarded it two seconds later. I am so addicted to sugar. I need to start using alternatives to see how my body reacts. I know maple syrup works much better for me on pancakes and stuff than regular table syrup so that's good!

    • Jen,

      LOL! It took me forever to wean off of sugar! It is so difficult baking all this stuff and limiting myself to one bite, just so I can evaluate it! I had a couple of these cookies though… they are better than a lot of other baked goods (sugar wise).

  6. Wendy says:

    I don't know who came up with this recipe, but it's great!

    My son was allergy tested and everything came back negative. We are tentatively trying some gluten this week to see what happens. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again for all the awesome recipes!

  7. Erica says:

    Have you tried this recipe with almond butter? I am allergic to wheat, peanuts, hazelnuts, pineapple and coconut….my son is also allergic to pineaaple but we watch his intake of other things as well until he is old enough to test!

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