Wednesday, 26 June 2013

I Make Karlie's Kookies • Gluten & Dairy Free Choc-Chip Cookies



These cookies are honestly magical. 
They're gluten free, dairy free and don't require any sugar or butter to make them! 
Not only are they healthy, they are so delicious and SUPER addictive 
and I promise you this is a recipe that you'll want to tackle.

I'm quite confident that I heard about Karlie Kloss's Kookies 
when I was scrolling through her instagram page. 
Admittedly, I am guilty of flicking through the photos of supermodels, 
admiring their lavish lifestyles. 
That aside, I spend more time trying to find healthier alternatives to the foods 
I love and discovering encouraging and appealing ways in which 
I can change my food habits whilst still being motivated stick to it. 
I hardly ever bake; to be honest I hardly ever cook. 
But what I do know is my way around a kitchen and how to follow a recipe; 
and this recipe is super easy to follow.
Ingredients:
2 cups of almond flour
  (you can use almond meal, the difference is that almond meal contains the almonds with the skin on them and almond flour doesn't. They both work with the recipe. Almond flour is significantly better and has more protein then regular plain flour)
1 cup of gluten free oats 
(you can use normal oats if you don't mind the cookies not being gluten free)
1/4 cup of silvered almonds
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup of olive oil 
(I used extra light olive oil, but it doesn't matter which one you use)
1/4 cup of agave 
(agave is a plant extract and is a vegan alternative to sugar, instead of using butter or egg, it holds the cookie mixture together, it can be found in health food stores)
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon xantham gum 
(this can also be found in health food stores)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 
The Method:
Add all the dry ingredients in to a bowl, 
which means the almond flour, oats, salt, baking soda & xantham gum
Then all the liquid ingredients, which includes the agave, olive oil & vanilla essence
 Mix the batter together
Mix the choc-chips into the mixture, 3/4  cups is the recommended amount, 
but you can add as much as you like, 
GO CRAZY WITH THE CHOCOLATE.
Now the reason the silvered almonds were not added initially 
is because they need to be cooked on the pan or oven until golden 
and then added to the ingredients.
Once you have mixed it all together, 
place the mixture into circles on to the oven pan 
( I used an ice-cream scooper to get easy and equal proportions). 
Although it's said that the measurements should allow you to make around 8- 12, 
some how I was able to make 20 cookies of the size bellow

Set the oven to 150℃ or 300℉ and bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden. 
A good tip would be to preheat the oven. 
Make sure that you give time for your cookies to cool down. 
Trust me, I know that's a difficult task, 
the anticipation of just digging into them can get quite overwhelming,
 but if they aren't given time to cool down, they will fall apart. 
(I'm talking from experience)

And then enjoy..
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