Celiac disease seems to be on the upswing. All of a sudden, you have friends or family who can’t eat wheat and other grains. What do you feed them? Panic ensues. The packaged gluten-free items can be tasteless or hockey pucks – and expensive. Plus, how good for you are those starches that they use to replace the flour?
As I researched cookies online, I found that there are a lot of recipes that I wouldn’t even want to try to gather the strange ingredients to make. Who wants xanthan gum in a cookie…and what IS it? After a few “unorthodox” recipes (read: not the gluten-free industry standards) were perused, I decided that I was probably better off to quit reading and start cooking. Those “unorthodox” cooks had used some healthy ingredients in their baking and the pictures looked tasty! Modifying my already-modified vegan recipes was obviously the place to start.
There’s another thing ~ if you have been vegan for long, you know it can be sticky enough bringing vegan cookies to a school, church, or family function, but gluten-free vegan cookies? Oh, my. Now nobody will touch them, right? Relax. These actually taste pretty good! My teen boys, J & R, gave them a thumbs-up. In fact, J even liked them better than my usual ones because he likes a softer cookie. (Which means if you put a little sign on them “gluten-free vegan cookies,” it virtually guarantees nobody will eat them, and you get to take them home. Win!) (Addendum ~ that actually didn’t work at a party we attended. There were only crumbs left.)
I started with the chocolate chip cookie recipe that I posted yesterday and cut it in half. (Just in case my plan didn’t work and they flopped!) It was a good thing that I did. By the time I got to the last pan, the dough had begun to change a bit and become drier. Therefore, I do not recommend doubling this recipe. The next time I make them, I might drizzle in some more non-dairy milk toward the end and see if that changes anything. (If you try it, let me know how they come out.) The picture shows the story of the order of baking from top to bottom ~ it’s readily apparent that things changed. (I used 17″ cookie sheets and had 3 sets go into the oven.)
- 1/4 c. non-hydrogenated soy margarine, softened (1/2 stick), such as Earth Balance
- 2 T. melted coconut oil
- 1 1/2 c. evaporated cane juice or sugar
- 1 T. molasses
- 3 tsp. vanilla
- 2 T. Ener-G egg replacer powder (no added water)
- 1/2 c. non-dairy milk (I use Silk plain or vanilla soy)
- 1 c. chocolate chips (more if you want them bursting at the seams)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda, sieved to remove lumps
- 1 1/2 c. fine almond meal or almond flour (I used Trader Joe’s brand), breaking up any lumps
- 3/4 c. coconut flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place parchment paper on cookie sheets. This step is non-negotiable. Without it, I cannot be responsible for how awful your cookies look.
With a wooden spoon, in a large bowl, combine and beat margarine, coconut oil, cane juice, molasses, and vanilla. Thoroughly stir in egg replacer powder. Add a fourth of the non-dairy milk, or so, at a time, beating it in completely after each addition. Keep whipping it until well incorporated. It may look a little separated due to the extra liquid needed with the coconut flour. (You can toss the milk in all at once, but it tends to cause separation and then you have to work harder to whip it together.) Stir in chocolate chips, salt, and baking soda, mixing well. Stir in almond and coconut flours until no dry spots remain.
Drop by teaspoon onto parchment-covered cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Carefully remove to cookie racks to cool. I found the last cookies will be more fragile than the first ones.
Variation: Make into blondies/bars here