gluten-free chocolate chip almond cookies

Well, I made my very first gluten-free dessert yesterday!

I wanted to make a special treat for Bjørn to help offset all the “no’s” he has been getting when asking for all of his favorite foods.

I wasn’t sure how these would go over, but he absolutely loved them and I thought they were great too!

(Don’t you just love the fashion-sense of a 3 year old?  
This kid always has to have his hood up, 
and the goggles were just a random addition 
he decided he had to wear today.  So funny!)

The best part?  These cookies don’t even use all the fancy expensive flours and stuff that most GF recipes call for.

Ground almond (almond meal…  I buy mine at Trader Joe’s usually, but sometimes just grind up almonds in the food processor!) is the base instead of flour, and it adds a great nutty flavor and chewiness to these simple, gluten-free, egg-free cookies!

And in case you’re wondering, Bjørn handled day 1 of his gluten-free diet month pretty well!!

I forgot to check the snack at my mom’s-group this morning, so he did have some animal crackers which means GF didn’t start officially until about 11am.  But we’re doing good besides that and I’m pretty sure I won’t forget that again!

He had some quinoa/corn noodles for dinner and loved them (I tasted one…  not bad at all!!) and since his favorite fruit snacks are already gf, that helped a lot with the denied requests for all his favorite treats.

I definitely need to hurry up and find him some cereal though…  He absolutely loves cold cereal with milk and has been having withdrawals today already.

Which reminds me, do any of you happen to know which regular cereals (as in cereals you would find in the regular cereal aisle at the grocery store at regular price!) are gluten-free???

Give these a try sometime, if you want to surprise a special gf person in your life, without breaking the bank on expensive flours!

Or if you just love almonds like I do, these are chewy, delicious cookies!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies Recipe
adapted from une Gamine dans la Cuisine

2 1/2 cups finely ground almonds
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (or maple syrup would work here too!)
1 teaspoon gf pure vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.  Set aside to cool.

In a larger bowl, whisk together the almonds, salt and baking soda until combined.  Then the butter mixture has cooled, pour it over the almond mixture and stir well to combine.

Stir in the chocolate chips and then place the dough in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes, until the cookies are light golden brown around the edges.  Let them cool a bit before trying to move them from the baking sheet.

Serve warm, or store in tupperware!

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