gluten free dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookies

Recently I was given some rather unsettling news. Maybe unsettling isn’t strong enough a word, maybe I need to be downright honest & tell you that it was actually kind of devastating…. although in hindsight I shouldn’t be surprised, I think I knew it all along.

I’m allergic to gluten! There, I said it.

I know, this really shouldn’t be that big of a deal…. except I’m a pastry chef, it’s kind of a HUGE deal. Do you have any idea what it’s like being surrounded by freshly baked goods and not being able to touch a single one. Granted it’s helping out my self control, but it’s torture. Not to mention that I can’t try a single one of the new recipes I make. I have to just sit there & watch everyone else enjoy while they chew & “mmmm“, and “aaaaa”, and “yummy“.


Until of course I did something about it…….. I took my favorite chocolate cookie recipe of all time & removed the flour…. then I did something even more genius & replaced the flour with almond meal & shredded coconut. None of you, not a single one can picture how big the smile on my face was when I sat there eating one cookie after another. It was like being a kid all over again. Kind of amazing.

Any way…. I think maybe I should share my incredible invention.

– 50g unsalted butter
– 300g dark chocolate, 70%+
– 0.5 tsp salt
– 2 eggs
– 70g light brown sugar
– 100g dark brown sugar
– 5 ml vanilla extract
– 60g almond meal
– 60g shredded coconut
– 0.5 tsp baking powder
– 150g dark chocolate chips, 56%

1. melt the butter & chocolate together in a heat proof bowl.
2. add the eggs, vanilla, light & dark brown sugar to a bowl & beat until combined. Pour in the melted chocolate & butter & beat until blended.
3. fold in the almond, coconut & baking powder, and then the chocolate chips. Try not to over mix.
4. in a preheated oven, bake the cookies for 12 minutes @ 175ºC.

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2 thoughts on “gluten free dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookies

  1. What’s Almond Meal, and can you get it in the UK? My best mate is also allergic to gluten and can never find (edible) cookie recipes!

    • Almond meal is just ground up almonds. If I can find it in Greece, you’ll be able to find it in the UK for sure. Alternatively you can just put raw almonds in the food processor and grind them yourself. I prefer buying it ready done though as it’s more a fine powder rather than little nutty bits.

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