Grain free Chocolate Chip Cookies + Book Giveaway “One Simple Change” + Chat with the author!!

Grain free Chocolate Chip Cookies + Book Giveway "One Simple Change" + Chat with the author!!

Make these delicious grain free cookies from Winnie’s book One Simple Change and enter a giveaway to win a copy of it! Find out what Winnie reads in her spare time and what her favorite comfort food is in an interview with the author.

One of my favorite new books is One Simple Change by Winnie Abramson, ND and author of the blog Healthy Green Kitchen. This book is suitable for just about anybody who is looking to make some healthy life style changes or – and I see myself in this category, people who would like to refresh their memory an refocus on the simple, important things in life.

If you are like me (and most other people), it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by all the information out there about better living; we’re flooded with contradicting recommendations and advice. I often get lost just trying to determine the credibility of a source which is exhausting and sometimes frustrating. Winnie’s take on a healthier life is a breath of fresh air; she touches on all important areas of our lives and delivers well researched and easy to read information that will help you transform your life.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading her book which offers short, concise chapters on a variety of topics: Juicing, Sugar, Caffeine, Organic Food, Gardening, Green Cleaning, Stress Management and many, many more! I particularly enjoyed not having to read these chapters in the order they are presented in – you can easily skip a section and choose topics that are the most relevant to you at the moment.

Winnie also included a series of recipes — my favorite: Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! You will find the recipe below with some minor changes – for the original recipe, see One Simple Change!

Without any further ado, read what Winnie has to say about her book, her blog and her life in a short interview – now over to you, Winnie!

Grain free Chocolate Chip Cookies + Book Giveway "One Simple Change" + Chat with the author!!

What motivated you to write this book, Winnie?

When I was younger (in my teens and early twenties), I dealt with disordered eating and over exercising. I ended up miserable and had a host of health problems as a result. Now I live a life that’s balanced and full of joy (and at 43 years old, I have never been healthier or happier): I wanted to share how I got to where I am today, and that’s why I wrote this book.

In your book, you recommend eating “Real Food”. In a few words, can you describe what Real Food means to you?

Good question, Rose! In all honesty, even though I use the term, I don’t love saying “real food” because all food is real (in the sense that it’s not “imaginary”, anyway). That said, the term “real food” is meant to convey the concept of whole foods that come from natural (not factory-made) sources.

In one of my favorite chapters of your book, you propose to opt for organic produce. What do you recommend if one cannot afford to buy organic produce?

This is absolutely an important point because sometimes people think that if they can’t afford or don’t have access to organic produce, they shouldn’t eat fruit and vegetables. This isn’t true: the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are huge, and they should be part of your diet no matter what. If you are concerned about chemical residues on your produce, you can buy a “veggie wash” spray that removes surface contaminants.

Your book covers more than just nutrition; what are some of the other important factors in our lives that affect our well being?

Indeed, what we eat is only part of the picture when it comes to good health. Some of the other topics I cover in the book are sleep, stress management, exercise, and natural skin care. I also discuss things that promote a healthy attitude, such as mindfulness and gratitude.

On your blog Healthy Green Kitchen, you share wonderful photos of healthy recipes with us. Which recipes have been the most popular among your readers?

The most popular recipe on my blog is a homemade protein bar recipe. Other reader favorites include a Chickpea, Squash, Kale and Coconut Milk recipe and a Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake.

What books are your reading right now?

I enjoy both non fiction and fiction, and I generally read a few different books at once. Right now I am reading Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger and American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom. I am also reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Macaroni and cheese.

Can we look forward to another book from you?

I’d love to write another book! I plan to start working on another book proposal soon.


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Grain free Chocolate Chip Cookies + Book Giveway "One Simple Change" + Chat with the author!!


Grain free Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy free)
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Serves: 4
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F/165°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Spread out the coconut on one of the baking sheets and toast in the oven until light brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes, but start watching after 4 minutes so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool for several minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 350°F/180°C.
  3. Using a wire whisk or a fork, mix together the toasted coconut, almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer, mix coconut oil and maple syrup. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until blended.
  5. Add the almond flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Briefly beat in the chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 days) before baking.
  6. Spoon rounded teaspoons of the dough onto the baking sheets approximately 2 in/5 cm apart.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are starting to brown around the edges but still look slightly underdone in the center (they’ll continue to cook a bit after you take them out of the oven).
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven. Allow them to rest for 1 or 2 minutes on the baking sheets, and then, using a spatula, carefully transfer to a cooling rack. (If you transfer them too soon, they’re likely to crumble.) Wait a few more minutes before serving or until completely cooled before storing in an airtight container. The cookies should keep for 4 to 5 days.

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    • Rose says

      Thank you, Erin! Means a lot coming from you :)
      Yep, I had to know Winnie’s comfort food, too. Turns out we have a lot in common 😀

    • Rose says

      Haha! Liz. I have made these cookies everyday for the past week. I have never liked cookies before but these are just amazing! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Erin says

    Oh I do love these cookies! And that is ANOTHER recommendation for the Goldfinch, so I guess the library needs to hurry up with my hold! Beautiful blog update, too :)

    • Rose says

      Oh my other TexanErin :) Got you both on the same post now 😉
      I’m glad you like the cookies and the new design!! Saving some of my final batch of cookies for you :)

    • Rose says

      Kelly, thanks for stopping by! Yes, Winnie’s book is great and these cookies are fantastic. Been making them for days in a row :)

  2. Marianne says

    Warm cookies out of the oven are my favorite treat. These cookies will be a big help in transitioning my family to a healthier lifestyle.

    • Rose says

      Marianne, good luck with transitioning your family to a healthier lifestyle; it’s a challenge but so worth it :)

  3. Shannon says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve been waiting for one like this for a very long time. So many chocolate chip cookie recipes on the internet, and I’ve made substitutions, but you have put it all together and come up with the best so far.

    • Rose says

      Thank you, Shannon! I wish I could take credit for it – Winnie put it all together :) However, I substituted a few ingredients; minor changes, though. The original recipe contains butter and coconut sugar.

  4. April says

    Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the giveaway. As far as the recipe, could honey be used instead maple syrup and if so, would it be the same amount? Thanks.

  5. Ginger says

    This is great! I don’t have to give up cookies to be gluten-free! I’d love to win her book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Julie says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve been on a hunt for a good recipe for chocolate chip cookies without the usual flours and fats. I’m thrilled I actually have most of these ingredients so I can hardly wait to try it! Thanks again.

  7. says

    I have been craving chocolate chip cookies lately, since it is raining today, I think I will make these. They will be my first attempt at a grain free treat since going vegan and grain free, plus they sound yummy.

  8. says

    I entered this giveaway to win this lovely book, “One Simple Change” and hope I win it. Thank you for the chance. You are very talented.

  9. Jo Vivian says

    I’ts amazing how some things just present themselves in front of you when you start looking. Our family, my husband and two young daughters, are really trying to change the way we eat, exercise more and in general, be more healthy. I love the idea of this book!

  10. says

    these look so delicious and healthy – i’ll add them to my list! making 1 small change is easier than making lots and lots of changes. but i remember this saying… “thinking about moving dirt is harder than moving dirt.”

    • Rose says

      Hi Liz! I just checked raffelcopter for your entry and you’re in!! I’m not sure why it didn’t reflect your entry right away – rafflecopter is buggy sometimes!
      Thanks for entering :)

  11. Jennifer says

    These cookies look sooo yummy! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, so I’m looking forward to trying a grain-free recipe :-)

  12. Elizabeth Arthur says

    Those cookies look delicious! Can’t wait to try them this week. Thanks for the “real food” inspiration!

  13. Julia says

    I made these yesterday and must have done something wrong. My dough was way too crumbly. Suggestions on what to do? I’ve still got a bowl of this dough, but it’s extremely dry and won’t form into balls. I’m willing to add anything to save this batch! thank you!

    • Rose says

      Hi Julia, I’m sorry your dough is crumbly! I would suggest to add a little bit more coconut oil and maybe just a tad more maple syrup (if you like it sweet!)
      The cookie dough is a little crumbly anyway – I was a bit surprised myself the first time I made them [it’s a recipe from Winnie’s book] and thought they would either be too dry or fall apart but they came out beautifully moist and in one piece. I hope this helps! :)

  14. Kelsey says

    Would love to win this book, the cookie recipe looks delicious, will probably make these this weekend for my parents!!

    • Rose says

      Hi Tamara, are you referring to the shredded coconut? I haven’t tried it but I think the cookies would work without the shredded coconut.
      As for the oil, the original recipe called for butter, if I remember correctly so this should work coconut-free :)

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