I have been busy baking batches and batches of holiday cookies (and don’t worry, they have all been made without refined sugar, no dairy and no refined grains). After posting all of my cookie recipes I received a good number of questions asking advice on how to select the best non toxic baking pan.
Without a doubt, I am a firm believer that healthy food starts with healthy cookware. For the most part it is not really all that hard to find non-toxic pots and pans if you know what to look for (my favorite “green” cookware happens to be Xtrema 100% Ceramic Cookware.) But finding a healthy baking pan is a little trickier.
In fact, because the market is flooded with so many non-stick (but toxic!) baking pans, in some ways it is easier to locate a healthy cookie recipe than it is to find a healthy pan to bake them in.
How to Select a Non-Toxic Baking Pan
Ok, here’s the deal: the absolute greenest baking pan would be a stoneware cookie sheet, and although some bakers insist these are the best for baking, to be honest I have had issues with stoneware when baking cookies (although I have to say I do LOVE my pizza stone.) Stoneware cookie sheets can be a bit pricey too, not to mention they can break.
The next best option for a non-toxic baking pan would be 100% stainless steel. However, a number of stainless steel baking pans have been dipped in an aluminum coating, which I am not too crazy about.
The other problem with stainless steel is that it really is not the best option for conducting heat uniformly and consequently your cookie recipes might not turn out the way you expect. Also, some manufacturers coat their aluminum cookie sheets with substances much worse than aluminum, including toxic non-stick chemicals, which is often done to improve the cooking performance of the stainless steel cookie sheet.
However, you can always cover your stainless steel cookie sheets with parchment paper (we love these pre-cut 12×16 parchment paper sheets that fit our Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet perfectly!), which will help prevent aluminum and other toxins from leaching onto your food.
A professional baker who is not as concerned about the healthfulness of his/ her cookies might tell you that the best bet for a cookie sheet is aluminum because it is such a great conductor of heat, but if you go with aluminum I would definitely cover it in parchment paper to prevent aluminum from leaching into your food.
What Baking Pan Do I Use?
I personally think that for the money, Norpro Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet is the best option. I always cover my stainless steel cookie sheet with parchment though because it keeps the cookies from sticking. Plus I think using parchment paper helps prevent burning and it most definitely helps with clean up! It comes in both a 12×16 cookie sheet size and a 12×14 cookie sheet size.
A Few Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes to Bake in Your New Baking Pan!
Just in case you missed my healthy holiday cookie recipes earlier this week, here are my 3 favorite:
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