In order to ensure that this recipe is gluten-free, be sure to buy oats and oat flour that are specifically labeled gluten-free. Oats themselves are gluten-free, but can be contaminated by being processed on machines that also process wheat or gluten-containing foods.
Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut trees. Its nutritional value is very similar to table sugar, although the process to make it is considered more natural. Any sweetener, whether it be agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar, should still be used in moderation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released this year, specifically focus on decreasing the amount of added sugars in our diet.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and is not recommended for individuals with heart disease or high cholesterol. Consider replacing the coconut oil with olive oil, which is high in unsaturated (healthy) fats.
By Alex Lane MS, RDN/LD