Winnie Abramson’s Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Fair-Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway: Day 3

This year I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks and health-focused books of 2013 with you from some of my friends. Since it’s the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their books along with a recipe (see below!) starting today until the new year! Thanks to all of you for participating! To enter for your chance to win a book, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

1/2/14: Please note that this giveaway ended on 1/1/14. All comments are now closed. Thanks for visiting!

Now, I’d like to introduce my third guest and her book!

BOOK: ONE SIMPLE CHANGE: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life  (Chronicle, 2013)

RECIPE: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Fair-Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies

One Simple Change

Winnie Abramson’s Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Fair-Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies

Serving Size: 2-inch


½ cup/30 g unsweetened shredded coconut

1½ cups/120 g finely ground blanched almond flour

¼ cup/30 g coconut flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

½ cup/115 g butter, preferably from pastured cows, at room temperature

1 cup/150 g coconut sugar, or 1 cup/200 g granulated sugar

1 farm-fresh, free-range egg


  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, cream the butter and sugar on low speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. 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.


  1. Jenny on December 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Sounds amazing!

  2. jamielifesafeast on December 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I have always adored Winnie but just don’t have her book yet! I know it is fabulous!

  3. Melissa M. on December 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This recipe sounds great!

  4. Karen on December 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

    If it sounds easy – I’d like to make some changes!

  5. Wendy Castleman on December 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Toasted coconut is one of my favorite ingredients. I don’t know why I don’t use it more often!

  6. Linda J-H on December 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Just checked out the book on Amazon. It looks like a program that could help everyone make changes for their own benefit and for the planet’s.

  7. Rebekah Shaver on December 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    This recipe looks so yummy!!

  8. Susan on December 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    These cookies will be made for my daughters and delivered by my son when he visits them in NYC on New Years.

  9. itzia on December 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I would love to try this recipe

  10. Brenda Gaines on December 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I put it on my wish list.

  11. Eva Adler on December 23, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Sounds great! Would love this

  12. Turq4 on December 23, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I love almond flour!

  13. Janice on December 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I’d love a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  14. cheylovesbooks on December 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!! My 3 year old was just recently diagnosed with Celiac and your recipes has allowed her to still enjoy her favorites 🙂

  15. Paula B on December 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks!

  16. Kelly Grace on December 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Lovely book!

  17. Melanie on December 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Loving these new recipes and cookbooks!

  18. Kathy on December 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Yum! These look delicious and the cookbook looks great, too! Thanks!

  19. Dea Marx on December 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies are one of our favorites. Will be trying this soon!

  20. Lizzie Lau on December 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    These sound wonderful. Pinned it!

    • Silvana Nardone on January 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Hi Lizzie! I’m happy to announce that you are the winner of this cookbook! Please email me at with your name and address information. Congratulations again!

  21. Carol Wiley on December 24, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. 🙂

  22. annie on December 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Merry Christmas and a gluten-free New Year!

  23. Sharon on December 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Love chcolate & coconut!! Sounds great!

  24. Amy on December 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    We are on an adventure getting healthy. I love new cookbooks to make the journey easier for myself and my family

  25. Leah B on December 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Sounds like a good read to start 2014 off right.

  26. Cindy W. on December 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!