As I shared my life changes from this last year,
I explained that I've been on a new journey of
eating very few refined processed carbohydrates
and eating much more whole unprocessed foods.
I've been experimenting with grain free baking
for several months....and have been wanting to come up
with a grain free version of my sugar cookie recipe.
Before I share the recipe,
I think it would be good to answer some anticipated questions.
Is Grain Free the same as Gluten Free?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
For a list of gluten-containing grains as well
as gluten-free grains, see this article from the Mayo Clinic.
Eating gluten free means to rid your diet of gluten-based foods.
A gluten free diet is not always grain free
since there are gluten-free grains like oats, corn, & rice.
Grain free eating involves eliminating all grains,
including those that are gluten free.
Thus a grain free diet is always gluten free.
Why eat a Grain Free diet?
For those with Celiac disease,
a gluten free diet is essential to control
the disease's symptoms and prevent its complications.
But through lots of research and history,
it has been found that eating less carbohydrates....
in particular grains,
is very beneficial to one's health.
shares some eye-opening information about
the genetically modified wheat/grains we now eat in our country
and how they are adversely affecting our health.
I am certainly not an expert on this,
but from my own experience.....
eliminating grains from my diet and
incorporating whole foods including
fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, nuts, seeds,
and grain free "breads" has
feeling better than I have in 30 years!
Is this Grain-Free Cookie low in fat and sugar,
making it viable for my low-fat, sugar-free diet?
No! This Grain Free Sugar Cookie recipe is
NOT low in fat and contains sugar.
It is not meant for someone who is on a low-fat/ sugar-free diet.
I created this recipe to fulfill a need I had in eating grain free.
I wanted to be able to make and decorate a sugar cookie
that I could consume on rare special occasions.
This cookie recipe is very high in fat....which I personally do not think
is a problem because we need healthy fats in our diets.
However, it is not something you should consume
on a regular basis (even if you are eating gluten/grain free),
since it does contain a considerable amount of fat and sugar.
Again, this type sweet treat should be consumed on a
rare special occasion to satisfy a "sweet tooth".
Is this cookie similar to your
white refined wheat flour-based cookie recipe?
No, this cookie is very different from my
original cookie recipe I posted here on my blog.
The grain free version contains most of the same
ingredients as before, but the white refined wheat flour
is replaced by almond flour, coconut flour,
arrowroot flour, and unflavored gelatin powder.
The appearance, texture, consistency, and taste are completely different.
The cookie is dense, chewy, nutty and robust
with a different "tenderness" than my regular recipe.
These cookies will provide a very different
eating experience from a normal grain-based cookie.
Will this cookie recipe cost the same to make
as a regular grain-based cookie?
No.....it is much more expensive.
You have to use several unique ingredients for this recipe.
I am adding links to the unusual ingredients
so you will know where I purchased them.
So.....let's get to the recipe. :)
Cookie Crazie's Grain Free Sugar Cookies
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar *
1 egg *
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
4 cups almond meal**
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and sour cream.
Blend in dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Using parchment paper above and below the dough,
* I use as many organic products as I can find, including
organic evaporated cane juice sugar and organic cage free eggs.
**I purchase my almond meal locally from Trader Joe's for $3.99 per pound
(One pound bag = 4 cups). The least expensive I could find online
was HERE at $7.58 per pound.
***Check out the SHOP tab on this site for links to
many of these grain free specific ingredients.
many of these grain free specific ingredients.
Since I consider finding a wonderful grain free recipe
as a huge gift and blessing in my life,
I wrapped up these cookies with a big bow
to share this recipe gift with you. ♥
Favorite Sites for Grain Free Healthy Eating
And now.....I can have a cookie, decorate it, and eat it too! :)
Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes and not to be used as medical advice.
It is not intended to be used as a substitute for a medical professional's advice.