Would you believe that I’m still doing low FODMAP? It’s been 7+ weeks and honestly, it’s almost become a new way of life for me. I feel confident in what I “can” or “cannot” eat, and otherwise know to look to my trusty app. And I’m finding great substitutions and creating recipes to fit within the constraints, like today’s recipe: Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies.
What are FODMAPS?
FODMAPs are found in the foods that we eat. FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food that can be poorly absorbed by some people, and sometimes cause symptoms relating to IBS. The theory is that figuring out what your triggers are can help alleviate some issues.
How long should you follow a low FODMAP diet?
It is suggested that one only follow a FODMAP diet (I hate using that word, btw) for 2-6 weeks, as your body really desires a variety of foods and bacteria. But for many of us, including me, you feel sooooo much better (goodbye bloat!) that it’s hard to go back. I also have a host of other issues going on, which is a whole other story/post. The good news: I think that I’m nearing the end and can hopefully go back to a “normal” way of eating.
A safe treat that you can enjoy: Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies
Let’s get back to these low FODMAP chocolate chip cookies, though! Regardless of whether you need to be selective in your food choices or not, these are quick and easy to make and seriously loved by all who have tried them. The addition of cinnamon makes them a bit snickerdoodle-ish, but the chocolate chips remind you of what they really are. All-around yummy:).
Two ingredients that I use and recommend are Jovial brand gluten-free pastry flour and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. The former is one of my favorite gluten-free flours. So many recipes call for 4 or 5 GF flours to be added, and this one has all of them already combined. And Enjoy Life chocolate chips have just two ingredients, unsweetened chocolate and cane sugar. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
The best sweeteners on a low FODMAP diet
Truth be told, I normally like to sweeten recipes with honey or maple syrup, but FODMAP experts recommend cane or brown sugar to avoid related discomfort. And honestly, since treats don’t happen every day for our family, I’m okay with using brown sugar in this recipe. Remember I’m a 90/10 girl and 80/20 when it comes to my kids?
Chocolate chip cookies that are low in FODMAPS.
- 5 TBSP unsalted butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups Jovial brand gluten free pastry flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 180°C/350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and beat again until well incorporated and the mixture becomes thick.
- Add the vanilla and mix in.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry.
- Add the chocolate chips and fold in.
- Roll the mixture into balls about the size of a ping pong ball and place on the tray. Flatten them a little.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
I hope you try these regardless of whether you need to be weary of FODMAPs or not. They are a SUPER yummy gluten-free cookie. Who can say no to that?!
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