gluten free chocolate chip cookies …

it was that time of year again when i, as the birthday girl, had to provide cake for my work colleagues. i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – shouldn’t it be the other way around?  yeah, i don’t understand it either. anyways …

i decided that i’d take in home-baked sweets. i made hedgehog slices and sponge kisses  – the usual suspects. for something completely different i made choc chip cookies. what was so different about these cookies? the type of flour that i used –

besan flour (chickpea flour) is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans). besan flour has a high proportion of carbohydrates but no gluten.  despite this, in comparison to other flours, it also has a relatively high proportion of protein.

mum had made these cookies a few weeks earlier and they were a hit. just like the chocolate brownies which also included besan flour.

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups brown sugar – i only used 1/2 a cup
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chickpea flour (aka besan flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bi-carb soda)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1) preheat oven to 350f (about 180c).
2) mix butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.

3) mix chickpea flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a separate bowl.

4) add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.

5) stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

6) drop by the tablespoon onto a baking tray. i lined the tray with baking paper. if you don’t, grease the baking tray. i used a teaspoon to make smaller cookies.

7) bake for 10-15 minutes.
8) cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before removing. cool completely on a cooling rack. makes 28 – 30 cookies.

this is a simple quick recipe.

i’m sure people will freak out once they hear what’s in the cookies. they have no cause for alarm. they are tasty, chewy and kinda healthy :)

“if you can’t change the world with chocolate chip cookies, how can you change the world?” ~ pat murphy


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