Thursday, January 10, 2013

Engineering Dessert: 5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie (grain free)

So, a few weeks ago a friend of mine pinned this:

I wanted one. Immediately. I don't usually like chocolate chip cookies. It must have been one of those days!

The referenced blog no longer works, but someone had been nice enough to include the original recipe in the pin comment. On a whim, I made the recipe, switching almond flour for the all purpose. The result: decent, but WAY too sweet for my refined-sugar-free taste buds. Also, it's a bit annoying to have to separate an egg for such an otherwise simple recipe, and then you're stuck with an egg white.

Since then, I've been playing around with the recipe. Let me tell you, this has been hard work! It's rough having to eat a warm chocolate chip cookie every night in the name of science...

I finally got it to a place where I thought it tasted good, so I tried a shortcut. I still liked it, but my husband declared it "grainy". YIKES! That's no good! So, I tweaked it a little more, but have determined that the short cut just won't work. It can still be made in about 5 minutes, so the shortcut was a bit uncalled for.

And now I present Happiness in Five Minutes!

5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie
Serves 1
  • 1/2 tbsp butter (I use Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 5 drops vanilla stevia
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 c (or 4 tbsp if you don't like creating excess dishes) almond flour
  • 1 tbsp (heaping) chocolate chips
  1. Melt butter in a ramekin or mug. (It takes about 30 seconds in my microwave.)
  2. Stir the sugar into the melted butter until well mixed. (This is the important step that impacts the texture.)
  3. Mix in stevia, baking soda, and almond flour.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Microwave for 45-60 seconds. (It takes 60 seconds in my microwave.)
  6. The hardest part... let sit for about a minute before enjoying!

This recipe has been shared on Diet, Dessert and Dogs' Wellness Weekend, Allergy Free Alaska's Whole Food Fridays, Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten Free Fridays, and The Daily Dietribe's 5-Ingredient Mondays.


  1. Wow, this recipe will come in handy on my "stress" days :) LOL YUM
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

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  2. I am very happy to feature this recipe as one of the favorites at Gluten Free Fridays THIS WEEK!!! We have a "I've been featured" button located on our "Gluten Free Fridays" tab and we'd love it if you'd add it to your post or blog! Thanks for sharing your glutenfree post!

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    1. Cool and thanks! I'll look into getting that badge on my site.

  3. Anne,
    What a great idea!! And yes... how handy to have this recipe in my back pocket when I need a little pick me up or need to make a quick treat for the girls.

    Thanks for sharing at Whole Food Fridays!

    1. Thanks - there are definitely days that this is required. I, however, have had to ban it for a while as it's too good :-)

  4. This looks delish. Thank you for the easy steps in making a mouth-watering choc cookie, I hope my son would love what I will bake.

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    1. Hi Najala - I hope your son enjoys them! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

    2. You're welcome. I would bake just like your cookies tomorrow. Wish me luck :)

  5. Absolutely delicious and perfect for days when you just need a cookie NOW! :) Thanks for sharing on 5-Ingredient Mondays!

  6. These are so good! I googled "five minute chocolate chip cookie (gluten free)" and thank goodness I found your recipe! The chocolate melted slightly before baking, because the ramekins and Earth Balance mixture were already so hot... but it was still delicious! I was desperate for a chocolate chip cookie and you saved the day :) Thanks - love the blog. Shannon

    1. Glad you enjoyed them! I've always stored my chocolate chips in the freezer, so I don't have the melting issue :-)

  7. Does it matter if you use powdered sweetner as opposed to liquid?

    1. I've actually been leaving the stevia out lately and it's plenty sweet for me. Otherwise, I'd guess as long as it wasn't more than 1 tsp of liquid sweetener it would be okay; if you use much more than that it will likely get cakey.

  8. I don't have a microwave. Could this be baked in oven?

    1. I think it should work. Make sure your container is oven-safe. My guess would be 375° for 10-12 minutes, similar to a typical chocolate chip cookie??? It is pretty thick so just watch the timing, it may take longer. It may be gooey, but there's no egg, so it's not a health concern if it is. Please respond back if it works!