Why You Should Swap Sugars (and a Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)

Bouchon cookies

Yes, gluten-free!

I’ve been a bad girl all summer long. Usually the debauchery of Stampede is enough to set me straight for a few weeks. But this year I went to Whitefish right after Stampede, and you know what that means: sugar, shopping, booze, pool, pool drinks, pre-dinner cocktails, wine with dinner, dessert, rinse and repeat.

I’d love to say that as soon as I got home it was back to clean eating, but you all know me better than that. The one (somewhat) healthy thing I have established this summer is swapping sugars. I’m totally off anything made with corn syrup (hot chocolate! marshmallows! ice cream!), and have swapped refined white sugar for cane sugar and coconut or palm sugar for brown sugar.

container of sugar

Cane sugar is better than processed.

I can barely taste the difference, but I feel so much better! How sweet is that? Is cane sugar that much better for you than refined sugar? It is, but I won’t get into the scientific debate here. I’m just glad these more natural sugars are easy to find (at Superstore), and can be substituted one to one with the regular child laboured kind.

Healthy-ish chocolate chip cookies

Here’s the recipe I now use for chocolate chip cookies, adapted from my friend Julie Van Rosendaal’s quiona chocolate chunk cookie recipe.  My daughter loves them too, and didn’t even realize they were different from her usual refined sugar/flour standbys.

Healthy cookies on a plate

They’re not as hard as they look.

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed palm (or coconut) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1.5 cups quiona flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Beat the wet ingredients together in a large bowl until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and stir by hand until almost combined. Add the chocolate chips and still until blended.
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

Makes approximately 1.5 to 2 dozen cookies.

Have you ever replaced refined sugars with other versions? I’d love to hear your results.

By |2018-07-28T20:03:07+00:00August 19th, 2013|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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  1. Tanya 19.08.2013 at 14:13 - Reply

    Hi J, I am not a baker whatsoever but I am for sure going to give this recipe a try. Thanks T

    • Jody 19.08.2013 at 16:06 - Reply

      Let me know how it turns it!

  2. Jody 19.08.2013 at 16:05 - Reply

    What a great tip. Thanks so much, Christine. I’m keen to try this rum! Do you know if you can get it in Canada?

  3. Claire 19.08.2013 at 17:07 - Reply

    I am going to make these for back to school! NIce!

  4. Christine 19.08.2013 at 14:30 - Reply

    Hey Jody – here’s a delicious rum that’s made from cane sugar. It’s from Brazil and makes the best mojitos. Delish.


  5. merry120 22.08.2013 at 03:33 - Reply

    I definitely need to try these out. I am always looking for ways to health up my cookies. 🙂

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