Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


In a few minutes I am going to share a recipe with you that has more coconut oil and evaporated cane juice than this blog has seen in quite awhile.  And it’s going to be good.  This recipe is going to blow your New Year’s health resolutions out of the water (sorry about that) and make you drool.  However, we are first going to have a quick chat about drinking water.  I debated about bringing this drinking water conversation up, but I think it’s important to talk about.  (If you really want to skip it, I won’t be offended if you scroll down to the part about chocolate chips.)


As I have moved away from processed foods over the past couple of years, I have tried to shift other areas of my life as well.  On the most recent part of this journey I have embraced more and more natural cleaning and beauty products to help rid my home and body of unnecessary chemicals.  Not surprisingly, the more I have shifted away from using chemicals, the more chemical-sensitive I have become.


Most recently I have begun to notice the smell of chlorine in my drinking water.  I kept thinking that I was smelling residue from our dishwasher detergent and thus began investing better methods for washing dishes.  (Soap nuts, anyone?)  I mentioned this to my partner the other day who questioned, “You know that there is chlorine in tap water, right?”  Um, no.  How did I miss that one?


This point about chemicals in our water really got to me.  It brought me back to when I was in grad school and one of our class speakers was a woman who crusaded for years to get flouride removed from Oregon’s water supply.  I was immensely fascinated because both of her parents were dentists who were opposed to flouride use.  She cited several studies that have actually shown flouride to be toxic to our bodies over time, but (contrary to what we hear form the ADA) she said there have been no studies proving flouride’s effectiveness in treating tooth decay.  And, flouride is too small to be removed from water, even with a Brita filter.


Since I am a water and herbal tea fanatic, this has really had me thinking lately.  Water is such a basic necessity for all forms of life and it deeply pains me to know about the water wars going on around this globe and how many people are deprived of such a vital resource.  (If you are interested in learning more about this I highly recommend the documentary Flow or reading any of Vandana Shiva‘s work.)  Of course I am grateful to have daily, reliable access to water, but it also really bothers me that I have no control over what goes into my water and that chemicals like chlorine or flouride are allowed because they are at “safe” levels.  And if you drink bottled water, you should also be aware that bottled water is regulated even less than tap water.


Do you ever have concerns about your water?  What do you think about chlorine and fluoride being added to drinking water?


I think I’ll spare you the rest of my rantings and just say that my Brita pitcher is no longer collecting dust on the shelf.  (Even if it doesn’t remove everything that I wish it would.)
Now that I am pretty sure I have either depressed, enraged, or deeply bored you, how about I cheer you up with some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?  Look!  I baked!


These cookies are my new favorite recipe and not only are they easy to make, they are vegan (of course) and gluten-free!  This recipe comes from Erin McKenna’s book, BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery.  In case you’ve never heard of Erin McKenna or BabyCakes, you should know that Erin is the founder of BabyCakes, an organic, vegan bakery in New York City.  She has also recently released her second cookbook, BabyCakes Covers the Classics.  I have never been to BabyCakes, but if I am ever in NYC it will certainly be on my list of places to visit.


Due to copyright laws I cannot post her recipe here, but I highly encourage you to check out her cookbook, or you can also view this recipe over on Oprah’s website.
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  1. says

    The cookies look amazing! However, I want to compliment you on your ‘rant’. Our municipal water is taken for granted to be ‘safe’ as most of us have no other recourse other than installing expensive filter devices. Fortunately, the woman you speak of was successful in having flouride removed from municipal water in Portland – we are not so fortunate in Seattle. More alarming is that chemicals in water are much more absorbed via the skin in showers and bathing and of course babies and children carry the greatest toxic burdens. Washington state needs a crusader like the woman in Oregon. It’s an ardent undertaking for anyone to challenge legislature and the ADA.

  2. says

    Thanks Wendy! I know you’ve done so much research on water and environmental toxins so it’s great to have you weigh in on this. I didn’t even think about our skin absorbing flouride in the shower, but that’s a great point.

  3. says

    I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it! This year my boyfriend and I have decided to go almost vegan (we are still going to eat some meat). This is a result of him training for downhill bike racing in CO this summer and him also working with a nutritionist at a bicycle shop. And somehow I became convinced that this was best so I am joining him. We start a nutrition class soon, but your blog is going to help me SO much. I love all of the recipes and the commentary to go along with it…so fun! I can’t wait to read more recipes and find some great stuff to make. Thank you! (I found your blog on facebook: someone posted a link to Raw Zucchini “Sushi” Rolls on my friend’s wall!)

  4. says

    Hi Ashleigh! I’m so glad that you are enjoying the blog! Congratulations on your new food journey and I hope my recipes will help inspire some new meals for you both! :)

  5. Erica says

    Love your recipes! We went the whole hog and installed a reverse osmosis water filtration system for our drinking water (because our wonderful local government decided to fluoridate the water supply …ggrrrrr… and for the rest of the house we have a basic (same job as your brita filter) water filter so all our other water has no chlorine – oh the happy veggies and my skin is much improved…also my son has stopped sneezing when he turns a tap on. We do also have a rain water tank which manages most of the garden most of the time. You can never rant enough about ‘mass medication of the water supply’ with, essentially, Prozac!

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