The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I received the BEST compliment the other day. A friend of mine is a baker, like for a living. Anyway, she came over and tried one of my gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and to my surprise told me that they were great! Now, I know that some of you are thinking that she only said that to shield my feelings because you know that my cooking skills are, well, not the best. BUT I assure you that she actually meant it! Yay! I have my mother-in-law to thank (and maybe Nestle Tollhouse a bit, lol!) for showing me how to bake some pretty tasty cookies. The other secret is amazing gluten-free flour! I use Namaste. I buy mine at Costco, but you can also purchase it here: Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend.

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This recipe is basically the Nestle recipe with some alterations to make sure that it’s gluten-free!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (Namaste)

1 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp Vanilla

3/4 Cup Coconut sugar (Again from Costco)

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Sticks of Butter (non-salted)

1 tsp salt

2 Cups of Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375 F. Put the unwrapped butter in an oven safe dish and place in the oven while it is preheating. Allow the butter to melt partially.

Combine the Gluten free Flour, Salt, and Baking Soda in a bowl and mix together. Place aside.

Combine Coconut sugar, Brown sugar, Eggs, Vanilla and partially melted Butter in a bowl and mix. The consistency should be wet yet fluffy.

Start mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. I do this in about three equal portions allowing the dry ingredients to completely mix into the wet before adding more.

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After the wet and dry ingredients are completely mixed together, add the chocolate chips and fold them in. You can use your hands, I use my kitchen aid.

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Once the dough is done, (after taking a bite, I’m sure) place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. It will be tempting to skip this part, but DON’T!!! The gluten-free flour needs to be chilled a little and stiffened to bake properly.

After the 30 minutes is up, simply scoop Tablespoon size balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

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Let cool and enjoy!

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What is your favorite cookie recipe?

 

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Guaranteed Weight Loss: Sugar Detox

Hey guys! I am super excited about this topic!

Last year, I was really unhappy with life; my weight, my appearance, depression, irrationally moody and just blah. I decided that there needs to be a change because life isn’t suppose to be that way. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, not tolerated. That year, I tried all sorts of “lose weight fast schemes”.  (Let me tell you a secret, weight loss takes work!!) I found out that none of those things worked, duh. However, I came to realize that my body doesn’t tolerate certain foods. By this, I mean that there are some foods that make me bloat, cramp, go potty and make me cranky, lol! What I found is that when I eat anything with flour, all those things occur. So, I cut that out of my diet. It seemed to help for a bit, but I was still overweight and not feeling well overall. Were there other foods that made me feel this way? I wanted to find out.

This past January I started to phase sugar out of my diet. Let me be clear, I started to phase unnatural, processed sugar out of my diet. This, my friends, has not been an easy task. The entire first week I went through major withdrawal. My symptoms included headaches, body aches, nausea, dizziness, and crazy sleep patterns. I thought there was a chance that I was going to die! (That is probably over dramatic, but to the point). I never knew that sugar had such a hold on me. It is seriously like a legal drug. I was addicted and needed to rid the toxin.

Well, after that initial horrific week, I started to feel a little better. And, you know what, it only got even better after that! I had more and more energy, less and less moodiness. I felt better more each week inside and out. This sudden jolt of energy and self-confidence enabled me to start getting more active and less sedentary. Getting rid of the toxic sugar helped me to get up and do something proactive daily. Before I knew it, I was reading labels of everything just to be sure that there was no added sugar and picking out fruit, veggies, meat and nuts over candy, soda and crap food. Of course, my NutriBullet was a huge help! Wouldn’t you know that the weight just started falling off. I went from 181 lbs to 152 lbs from January to May. My waist line went from 36″ to 33″. That is amazing to me! The proof is in the pudding. (Or without the pudding, lol!):

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This is the result from just getting rid of garbage sugar!

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There is a big difference in appearance and how I feel. It is just incredible that what we eat impacts our body so much. The old phrase is totally true; you are what you eat! If you are looking to lose weight and just feel healthier, consider cutting out processed sugar. It really is a difficult task and one that takes a considerable amount of effort, but, let me tell you, it is worth it. I keep on finding that anything worth while in this life is usually difficult and inconvenient. BUT, you are worth it!

Here is the link to the sugar detox by Dr. Avena that I followed to get started:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12786/how-to-completely-eliminate-sugar-from-your-life-in-2-months.html

What are your thoughts on sugar?

 

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