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Gluten Free Skinny Dark Chocolate Chip Bites

If you like this gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe, find more delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen.

Wait until you taste these Gluten Free Skinny Dark Chocolate Chip Bites…They’re simply de-licious!!!

To make them gluten free, you need to use gluten free oats, otherwise old fashioned rolled oats work great. They’re healthier than most regular oatmeal chocolate chip cookies since they’re made with no white flour, all oats, just a little light butter and dark chocolate chips. Each cookie has 69 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Perfect for a quick, super rich treat. Of course they’re not calorie free so just a few will do to satisfy a sweet craving!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 18-20 minutes


Ingredients

2 tablespoons light butter, melted (I used Smart Balance Light Butter and Canola Oil Blend or Smart Balance Light)

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats or gluten free oats, see shopping tip

1 (14 oz) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

1 cup dark chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Parchment paper for baking, see shopping tip


Instructions

1. In a large bowl, add melted butter. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well to combine all ingredients.

2. Refrigerate batter for at least 30 minutes so it’s easier to handle. The batter is not your typical cookie batter.

3. To Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a tablespoon, scoop 1 level tablespoon for each cookie and add to pan. When scooped it creates a little blob of batter. You’ll need to squish each cookie together a bit.  It does hold together once baked.

4. Place both trays in oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate trays and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Total bake time, 18-20 minutes. If you have batter left, bake remaining cookies.

5. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container or plastic bag. These cookies freeze great too!

Makes 50 cookies total


Healthy Benefits

Rolled oats are very good for you. There is 25 years of clinical proof to show the soluble fiber in rolled oats can help lower cholesterol, which has wonderful benefits for the heart

Dark chocolate has less sugar and the most health benefits. Eating a small amount of dark chocolate is heart healthy. Dark chocolate, not milk or white chocolate, is a potent antioxidant and can help lower blood pressure.


Shopping Tips

I love Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips. Most supermarkets sell them or use your favorite dark chocolate baking chips.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats are one of the brands available in many supermarkets and health food markets. There are other brands of gluten free rolled oats available.

Parchment paper is available in most supermarkets in the plastic wrap and foil aisle. It’s packaged the same. Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Smart and Final also sell it.


Weight Watchers
 (old points) 1

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 skinny cookie
69 calories, 2.5g fat, 1mg chol, 2g protein, 11g carb, 1g fiber, 15mg sodium, 6g sugar

FAT FACTS: 1 full fat cookie made with regular sweetened condensed milk and butter
85 calories, 4g fat, 4mg chol, 2g protein, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 18mg sodium, 8g sugar

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called <a href="http://www.skinnykitchen.com">Skinny Kitchen</a>. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Joan Stommen

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Yum! I don't cook or bake too well, but I can handle these! They sound perfect! Thanks for the nutrition breakdown and shopping suggestions: really helps people like me! I'l let you know how they turn out....happy I took time to read this, Nancy.

nancy@skinnykitchen.com

Wednesday 28th of May 2014

Joan, I'm so happy to hear you're going to give these a try. Have fun! My best, Nancy

Ellen Dolgen

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

I have printed this out to make when my kids come to visit. My son and son-in-law are GF. These sound delic!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com

Wednesday 28th of May 2014

Ellen, I'm sure you'll get big brownie points for these. Have a great time with your kids. All the best, Nancy

nancy@skinnykitchen.com

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Thanks so much Sharon and Annie for featuring my favorite cookies these days. I'm not on a gluten free diet but I'm addicted to them. I hope you all fall in love with them too!

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