Easy Gluten Free, Oil Free, Sugar Free Choc Chip Cookies

May 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Cold rainy days always make me feel like baking. Sadly my kids don’t feel the same way. Why help mum bake when you can be outside sloshing in the rain, pretending the broom is a weed whacker, pulling out my plants and traipsing mud through the house? Though they’re happy to eat the whole batch once cooked. Which is fine by me, because I made healthy chocolate chip cookies mwahaha.

These are gluten free (made with my obsession, chickpea flour, so they’re a little more bread-y than normal cookies), sugar free if using cacao nibs instead of choc chips, and oil free. They’re also quick and easy to make, which is great when you have to spend the rest of the afternoon cleaning mud off the floor.

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Choc Chip Cookies (gluten free, sugar free if using cacao nibs, vegan, oil free)

1 cup chickpea flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 banana, mashed
2 large, soft medjoul dates
1/3 cup buttermilk alternative (combine your milk alternative – I used rice milk – with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup almond butter
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup vegan choc chips or cacao nibs for sugar free version
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
4 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 180degC and line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine the flaxseed and water in a bowl and set aside. Combine chickpea flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Combine mashed banana, almond butter, buttermilk, dates and vanilla in a food processor and process until well combined. Add flaxseed and pulse until combined. Pour wet mixture onto dry and stir until just combined. Add in nuts and choc chips and stir until just combined. Scoop spoonfuls onto the baking tray lined and flatten gently with wet fingers to about 1cm thick. bake in oven for 6-9 minutes, checking to make sure they don’t burn. Cool slightly but best served warm!

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