Difference: Vegan. Gluten-free. “Regular”? Print Recipe Print Recipe

Do you know what the difference between a vegan, gluten-free or “regular” cookie is? Many people have been asking so I decided to do a little experiment. I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual person so I baked three different types of cookies – vegan, gluten-free and regular – as in what you [most likely] ate as a kid at grandma’s house. Keep in mind that depending on the type of recipe, cookies will vary in color, consistency and/or size than what’s shown below. [this is in continuation of the cookie challenge, post]

There is a difference between gluten-free and wheat-free. Those who have wheat allergies can safely eat barley and rye based products, whereas those who are gluten intolerant, cannot. Just to be clear, you may be gluten sensitive or gluten-intolerant, and not have celiac. More information on celiac disease below.

Want to know more about how to shop, cook, bake and entertain gluten-free? Stay tuned – I’ve only just begun!

Now, back to the cookies. Here’s the classic chocolate chip cookie. . .

I’m assuming we all know what the typical chocolate chip cookie tastes like. Usually thick, soft and/or chewy – sometimes crispy depending on one’s preference.

The vegan chocolate chip cookie. . .

Vegan does NOT equal gluten-free. My husband was relatively surprised with how good these were considering it was vegan – still soft [& sweet] in the inside, just like your typical cookie.

Last but not least, the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie

{All images/design by With Style and Grace}

The gluten-free cookies were ah-mazing, even my husband chose these over the other two. I promise you, you won’t even know it’s gluten-free. Want the recipe, don’t you? I’ll share this recipe with you as soon as I make it’s a must have, no question.

Most of you probably know that I’m gluten-free. About a year ago I was tested and was told I’m 70% celiac. Honestly, I don’t understand how you can be a percentage, I thought it was an all or nothing kinda thing. I should have asked more questions, but was more concerned with my bigger health concerns – another reason I have to avoid gluten. Let’s say I eat gluten, what happens? I get severe stomach pains, bloating, lethargic and rather cloudy – mentally for at least 24 hours. Not fun. Since being diagnosed and going gluten-free, I put my weight back on and now at a much healthier state – physically and mentally.

So, what is celiac disease, you ask?

Celiac (SEE-lee-ak) disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is primarily found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. People with celiac disease who eat foods containing gluten experience an immune reaction in their small intestines, causing damage to the inner surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients. [source]

For more information on the disease, visit here or here.

*Please keep in mind, I’m not an expert or professional in the medical/nutrition field, I’m simply sharing my learnings with you.

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  • http://bellavogue.blogspot.com Chelsea

    Great, informative post! I am incredibly sensitive to gluten, although I have yet to test for celiac. It can be a hassle, but that doesn’t mean it tastes any less good.

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com Maria

    I really want to try your GF cookies! Next time you visit we should bake some:) I am missing you today! Thanks for a fabulous weekend at EVO. So glad we are friends. Thanks for everything. You are the best!

  • http://www.possimpiblyawesome.blogspot.com Sarah

    I am not gluten-free, but I love playing around with baking gluten-free & vegan! Thanks for the post! Lovely pictures.

  • http://www.mountainmamacooks.com kelley

    All three look delicious but if you say the gluten free is the best then will have to give it a try when you post recipe!

  • Bear Leikert

    These look really good! Like, you should post the recipie, like soon! I like found this, like, really interesting! I have always like wondered how a cookie could be, like, vegan, but, like, now I, like, know! Thanks for the, ya know, post.