If you love cookies as much as you love chocolate, no doubt the rich-and-decadent double chocolate chip cookie has a special place in your heart.
With its chewy, almost brownie-like texture, these cookies are typically studded with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chunks.
The result is a sweet-and-salty combination that is as addictively delicious as it aesthetically pleasing.
But whether you make these cookies from a traditional recipe pick one up at your local cookie shop, you’re looking at a lot of calories… a lot of unhealthy fat… and a LOT of sugar – as much as 24 grams per cookie!
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (With Just 2 Grams of Sugar!)
Sugar is the cornerstone of most cookie recipes. But to create a double chocolate cookie – you’re getting a TRIPLE dose of sugar.
There’s sugar in the dough… sugar in the chocolate chips… and sugar in the melted chocolate that gets stirred into the dough (of course, that’s also what makes these cookies so rich-and-chocolatey!).
And that’s not all… you’re also getting inflammatory gluten and more high-glycemic carbohydrates thanks to the refined wheat flour.
But if you believe double chocolate cookies are just too delicious to give up… Wellness Bakeries has great news! We’ve made over these crave-worthy cookies…
First, we took out all the unwanted sugar, gluten and refined flour. Then we added antioxidant-rich cocoa and healthy monounsaturated fats that actually stoke your metabolism, reduce inflammation and benefit your blood sugar.
Double Chocolate Cookies… with a Mediterranean Accent!
When you think of monounsaturated fats, you might think of the Mediterranean diet. The prevalence of olive oil is one of the things that makes this diet so healthy.
But did you know that macadamia nuts are even HIGHER in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) than olive oil? They also have extremely low levels of omega-6 fatty acids, making macadamias one of the healthiest nuts you can eat.
If you love macadamias, this is really great news for your health. Here’s why:
- In 2005, Greek scientists studying more than 3,000 men and women found that those eating a diet closest to the traditional Mediterranean diet (rich in MUFAs) had 19% lower oxidized LDL levels than those not following a MUFA-rich diet. (Oxidized LDL is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease.)
- A recent study published in Public Health Nutrition found that women getting the most monounsaturated fat had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer than those getting the least.
- A study published in Cancer Causes and Control found that men eating a MUFA-rich diet had less chance of prostate cancer. And the more MUFA in the diet, the greater the risk reduction.
- According to a study in Diabetes Care, a diet rich in monounsaturated fats helps reduce abdominal fat better than a carb-rich diet. Test subjects who ate a carb-rich diet accumulated fat in the abdomen, while those who ate a high-MUFA diet saw abdominal fat decrease (even without exercise!).
- A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that MUFAs have a significant effect on blood sugar. After six months on a MUFA-rich diet, the insulin resistance scores of test subjects were reduced by 12%. Fasting insulin levels were also improved.
It’s no wonder so many experts recommend that monounsaturated fats make up a cornerstone of your diet!
And while adding macadamia nuts to your diet is a great way to boost your intake of these healthy fats, here’s another way: Use macadamia nut oil!
With its toasty flavor and high flash point (413 F), macadamia nut oil is an ideal oil for cooking and baking.
And that’s exactly what we’ve done in this quick and delicious, low carb, low sugar, gluten free cookie recipe…
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe
Using high quality macadamia nut oil (Olivado is great), we’ve created a monounsaturated-rich, super-chocolatey, gluten free DOUBLE chocolate macadamia nut cookie with just two grams of sugar (for comparison, that’s about 1/10 the sugar in a medium-sized apple).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan, add the coconut milk and heat over medium low heat just until simmering. Stir in the Ganache Mix, whisking to dissolve. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla and macadamia nut oil for 45 seconds on high speed to combine.
- Add the prepared ganache and molasses. Blend.
- Add the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and blend to incorporate.
- Fold in the macadamia nuts.
- Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Roll into one-ounce balls and place a few inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten balls to ½ inch thickness.
- Bake just until set – about 8-10 minutes (NOTE: Do not bake the cookies to a crispy texture. They will be soft when removed from the oven, but firm up as they cool.)
- Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes.
160 calories, 15 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 10 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein