This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. It can also be made nut free, lower sugar, low fat, soy free and vegan.
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 oz unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice (or other 100% juice)
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 package Chocolate Chips*
1 1/2 cups sweetened shaved coconut
2 1/2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
1 cup Brown Rice Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Measure out and mix together all dry ingredients first. (Brown sugar, chocolate chips, coconut, oats, brown rice flour, cinnamon and baking soda) Mix dry ingredients together well.
Measure out all wet ingredients: applesauce mixture, oil, and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients together.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and thoroughly mix the ingredients together to make a moist cookie mixture. (Do not blend: hand mix only)
Prepare a cookie sheet, spraying with non-stick spray. Measure out each cookie to be about 1 tablespoon in size each. Press cookie down on sheet to flatten.
Cook to desired doneness. Make sure they are well cooked/browned to prevent crumbling. Bake 10-25 minutes.
Check bottom of cookies with a spatula to check “doneness” level. Cookies should be browned on the bottom and on the top. The more browned they are the more crisp they will be. If you want them moister, cook them a minute or two less.
Let cookies settle for about 20 minutes before plating and/or preserving. Do not place them in a pile on top of each other right away or they will clump together.
*From what I have found Nestle® Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips™ are gluten and dairy free. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are free of the 8 most common allergens, including soy. Always check labels to make sure a product is free of allergens.
Make it vegan: Replace eggs with egg replacer.
Make it low fat: Substitute half of oil with unsweetened applesauce.
Make it lower in sugar: Cut the sugar down by up to half.
Make it soy free: Don't use soy milk.
Make it dairy free: Use dairy free yogurt.
Make it nut free: Don't use a nut milk.
If batter seems too thick, add either more milk, an additional egg white or some unsweetened applesauce.