I often find that people either love potlucks or hate them. Either you know the perfect dish to bring, or you spend hours worrying about what is an acceptable dish to bring. You ask yourself: what is considered a big enough portion? Are people going to like the dish I bring? Does it have to be homemade, or is it acceptable to opt for some store bought snacks? Although potlucks are supposed to be a fun get together, they can often be more stressful than desired.
In addition, when trying to stick to the low FODMAP diet recently suggested by your registered dietitian, a whole new layer of stress is added. It can be difficult to distinguish which platters are low-FODMAP and which are not. Especially when your co-worker won’t share that secret ingredient to her grandma’s cookies!
How to Make Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies
That is why I want to share this low FODMAP (and gluten-free) chocolate chip cookie recipe with you! You can bring them to the next potluck you attend and know that if FODMAP ingredients are a concern for you, these cookies shouldn’t give you any trouble!
I personally like to bring something to a potluck that I know I will enjoy myself. So if I am limited by the options present, I know that there is at least one dish I can indulge in! I hope that these cookies can serve as that dish for you!
Would you prefer to bring a savoury dish instead? This lemon quinoa salad is definitely a crowd pleaser!
These cookies are very similar to the classic wheat flour chocolate chip cookies, but they are made with buckwheat flour.
What is buckwheat flour?
Buckwheat is a whole grain, low-FODMAP, and gluten-free alternative to wheat flour – perfect for making low FODMAP chocolate chip cookies!
Gluten Free Note: if you are making these for people with celiac disease – you’ll want to ensure the flour is certified gluten free, or does not say ‘may contain gluten’ or ‘made in a facility that processes gluten’ – some brands of buckwheat flour may have this on the label due to risk of cross contamination when processing in certain facilities.
Thanks to Terri Guss, at The Spruce Eats for their delicious cookie recipe using buckwheat. The cookies turned out extra soft and easily fell apart in your mouth! I can confidently say they are a great Low FODMAP alternative to the classic recipe.
Next time you get invited to a potluck, ensure that you can enjoy some of the platters there and whip up a batch of these cookies!
Do gluten free cookies take longer to bake?
Cooking time for gluten free cookies depends on many different things include your oven and the size of cookie you choose to make. It can also depend on the gluten free flour used to replace traditional wheat flour and the amount of liquid called for in the recipe. In our homemade gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe we suggest cooking the cookies for 9-11 minutes. This is approximately the same time as other traditional cookie recipes.
Love this low FODMAP recipe as much as we do? Our collection of low FODMAP recipes were created to help you navigate the low FODMAP diet. Many of our patients have tried implementing the low FODMAP diet on their own. However, this diet should be conducted with the support of a registered dietitian. At Ignite Nutrition we offer one-on-one nutrition counselling to help you start on the low FODMAP diet with guidance.
Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)
- 1 1/8 cup light buckwheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup/6 ounces chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 °F and grease a large baking sheet with butter or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, using a spoon or electric mixer blend the egg and then add butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, mix buckwheat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until completely mixed.
- Lightly mix in the chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into small balls about golf ball size and align on baking sheet.
- Cook for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
**Last reviewed February 2022 for Monash FODMAP portions
Written by Nancy Gammack
University of Alberta Dietetic Student