Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies offer a moist chewy inside surrounded by a lightly crisped outside. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla dance at your nose while satisfying your palate. An overture to your senses!
The final point in a journey, the zenith–the best! I have been aching to develop a chocolate chip cookie recipe for years! But I waited until now. There are so many different recipes available that I wanted mine to add value to the vast selection of this favorite treat. It had to be a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie without losing that perfect chew (no crumbling like saw dust). A plant-based/vegan chocolate chip cookie that wouldn’t fall apart or sacrifice that buttery, chocolaty taste. And a delicious sweetness without filling it full of refined sugar.
But still the journey wasn’t over. I wanted this Ultimate Gluten-free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-free Chocolate Chip Cookie to be more allergy friendly–nut free!
Still I wanted more! The zenith–to feel and taste and smell like a cookie that dreams are made of, yet composed of ingredients that add nutritional value! Boom!
I hate sweet potatoes! There I said it! Until recently I didn’t think much of my dislike. Who cares, right?! It’s just a tuber. Well, I stand corrected . . .
While completing my coursework for my certificate in plant-based nutrition last year, I had the pleasure of listening to many lectures by Dr. Thomas Campbell (son to Dr. T. Colin Campbell). As he discussed populations with lower rates of heart disease, one item in their primarily plant-based diets stood out. The sweet potato! Naturally there are other factors contributing to a dramatically low incidence of heart disease (and disease in general) in these populations. But the sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse. Not only is it a phenomenal source of vitamins A , B-6 and C, but also extremely rich in fiber, potassium, magnesium and calcium and antioxidants. It is quickly getting a reputation for making great contributions to weight loss and slowing sugar absorption in the body. For more information check out Dr. Thomas Campbell’s article here.
So, I hate sweet potatoes but I really want to like them because they are SO good for you! What to do? Well, I decided to employ a very loose interpretation of classical conditioning from one of my psychology classes. I would pair the sweet potato with something I really love and hopefully I would grow to like them. As I thought about the dominant flavors in sweet potatoes–a sort of caramel-like sweetness–chocolate chip cookies came to mind.
The good news is that the sweet potato flavor blends so well into my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie it is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! You will never guess there is sweet potato in there!! And remember, that’s coming from someone who hates sweet potatoes.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
I give you a cookie that smells, feels and tastes just like the best traditional version yet naturally sweetened, nut-free, filled with gluten-free grains that are rich in fiber and plant protein, and contains super foods: flaxmeal, sweet potato, and coconut oil. Did I forget anything? Oh, yes, Enjoy!! And if you want to see recipes for my other cookies with interesting ingredients, try my Fudgy Avocado Cookies and Snickerdoodle Quinoa Cookies!