Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I know – gluten free and dairy free? How good could these cookies really be? Trust me, they are good and so much better than the store bought junk you can buy at the store. I tested them out on some unsuspecting kids at church. Kids are brutally honest, so if the cookies sucked they would tell me. Turns out they were a huge success and I left without a single cookie to take home. The key is to under bake them so the cookies stay soft otherwise they turn into crispy cookies. Enjoy!
Ingredients
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup Earth Fare Coconut Spread
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs (or 2 tablespoons flaxseed soaked in 6 tablespoons water for vegan)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Oat Flour
1 10-oz package Enjoy Life Dairy free chocolate chips

Directions
1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and coconut spread with an electric mixer on medium high for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs (or flaxseed mixture) and vanilla until well combined. Beat in as much of the oat flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in chocolate chips.
2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet (without the butter they tend to stick). Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven until edges are light brown (remember to slightly undercook them). Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
3. Enjoy with a cold glass of vanilla almond milk!

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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