“Who Ate My Chips?!” Chocolate Chip Cookies – gluten free & vegan option

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Ever gone to make Chocolate Chip Cookies but someone had eaten almost all of your chips? Here's the solution!

{Please welcome Sandi Gaertner of Fearless Dining, an informative gluten-free living blog.  She brings to us a super fun and frugal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.  Have you ever found that you have no chips when you want to make Chocolate Chip Cookies?  The ubiquitous dilemma. Well, Sandi has a yummi solution for us today.}

Ahhh. It is time to air one of my pet peeves.

I love making Chocolate Chip Cookies.  But…

How many of you have family members who eat a bag of gluten free chips, pretzels, nuts, candy, or even steal some of your secret stash of baking chips….only leaving a few bites left in the package?

You know what they do next…They seal the bag back up and stuff it in the back of the pantry in order to hide the evidence.

It's like they can't manage the last two bites, but feel guilty about throwing it away.

So you go to make chocolate chip cookies–

But you can't.

Sigh.  What's a baking mom to do?

She cleans out the pantry.

How many of this kind of bags reside in the back of your pantry?

Well, I cleaned out my pantry today and here are some of the things I found:

Gluten free pretzels, almond slivers, two bags of pecans, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, a few caramels, old granola, shaved almonds, quinoa flakes...oh my!

Gluten free pretzels, almond slivers, two bags of pecans, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, a few caramels, old granola, shaved almonds, quinoa flakes…oh my!

I stared at the pile.

How long has that all been in my pantry?


I didn't want to waste it all by tossing it in the trash.

I finally decided to smash/chop it all up and make cookies.

Salty and sweet.

Who doesn't like that combination in my house?  Or in any house for that matter.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix ins

"Who Ate My Chips?!" Chocolate Chip Cookies - gluten free & vegan option

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Ever go to make Chocolate Chip Cookies & find someone ate your chocolate chips? This "Who Ate My Chips?!" Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is your solution.


  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (or try gelatin or agar, depending on your needs)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted (you can substitute coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup light oil
  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute equivalent like this Powdered Egg Substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of mix ins, including at least 1/2 cup of chocolate chips...if you have them, that is. Use fewer mix ins if if it is all candy--Let's try to be a little healthy :).) Think raisins, baking chips, potato chips, GF pretzels, nuts, seeds, or dried fruit. The possibilities are endless!)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, add all of your dry ingredients (except the mix ins.) Whisk to blend.

3. In a smaller bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients.

4. Blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.

5. Add in the mix ins, breaking apart any ingredients that are too large (ie: pretzels)

6. Chill dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

7. Put on a greased cookie sheet.

8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until done.


Ever gone to make Chocolate Chip Cookies but someone had eaten almost all of your chips? Here's the solution!
Waiting to Be Baked!

Waiting to Be Baked!

I hope you all enjoy these cookies! If you are looking for a good healthy allergy-friendly chocolate chip recipe, check out this recipe at Whole New Mom.

And if you're just can't wait to eat the finished product, make this Gluten-Free Edible Cookie Dough and indulge without baking.

About the Author:

Sandi Gartner - writer at Whole New MomSandi Gaertner is the owner of the blog, Fearless Dining. Her family began their gluten-free journey five years ago when first her husband and later the rest of the family discovered that they were gluten intolerant. She started her blog because she grew tired of getting sick or “glutened” when dining out. Cross contamination is a huge factor when dining out; and it is important to know how the restaurants handle gluten free orders in their kitchens. There are many apps and sites out there to find gluten free dining, but they all are review based, and none actually question the restaurant directly to discover their safe gluten handling practices. Fearless Dining has a database of 600 Bay Area restaurant’s safe gluten handling procedures. It also features restaurant interviews, features special recipes from chefs, and has gluten free product reviews.

Sandi hopes to both expand her database to other cities, and to create an app out of her database in order to make the information easier to access via your phone. The blog also features recipes from the chefs she interviews, and some of her own special creations.

She would love to connect via Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

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  1. These cookies look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing : )

  2. This is epically awesome! I’ve always hated wasting any expensive gluten free foods just because it’s crumbs. This is a perfect excuse to clean AND make cookies! Great recipe Sandi!

  3. Valerie Murphy says:

    When my children were little, I kept that sort of thing on tops shelves, and they couldn’t see them & they were safe. Then my sons became 6’1″ & 6’3″. Nothing was safe. Then I made the amazing discovery, if I put them on the BOTTOM shelf – they were safe! Ha! 🙂 Valerie

  4. Thank you so much everyone, and Adrienne for offering me the opportunity to post. My pantry has never looked better 🙂

    As for a quinoa flake substitute, I would try gluten free oats or 3 TBSP of coconut flour. Please let me know how they turn out if you try one of these substitutions. I have been experimenting a bit more with coconut flour.

    • Ha :). You are so welcome new friend. You know, you can flake other grains as well, but you need a flaker. I have one but I supposed many don’t. The coconut flour will, of course, soak up some liquid.

  5. What can I use instead of the quinoa flakes for your cookies?

  6. Super creative! And if you’re anything like me, you had got a major high using up so many odds and ends and getting them out of your pantry!! So resourceful! And yes, most definitely can relate to empty bags of varying item in my pantry…everyone in my family (except me) does it!