Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookies- with a secret ingredient

These cookies are low in fat, and have an added protein and fiber boost from the quinoa and, surprise - beans- which you can't even taste!

Free from gluten, corn, soy, dairy, nuts, and oats.

Makes 24 cookies

  • 1 3/4 cup of your favorite gluten free flour mix
  • ¼ cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 tsp corn-free baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a dash of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ cup canned white beans, liquid reserved
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks (use what works for you; I chopped up an organic dark chocolate candy bar)

Preheat oven to 350F. 
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla powder. 

Whisk together and set aside. Put beans, applesauce, sugar, and 1 tbsp of the bean liquid in in VitaMix and blend until smooth. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir about 10 times. Add the chunks of chocolate, 1/4 cup quinoa flakes and the rest of the bean liquid, stirring until combined. 

If the mixture is too wet, add more quinoa flakes. If it's too dry, add a little water. Drop tablespoons of batter onto a cookie sheet, leaving an inch of room between each. 

Note: flatten them out a little, as I later discovered they don't really spread during baking. Bake 15 minutes, until edges are just turning light brown and middles are firm. They will firm a bit more as they cool. Check the bottoms to make sure they are golden brown. 
this is the first batch- as you can see, they came out the same shape as they went in

this is the second batch- I flattened these out before baking.
Either way, they taste great!

Ideas for next time: For a sweeter cookie, use organic brown sugar. For an even lower glycemic index, use agave in place of sugar (usually 3/4 as much agave as sugar for same sweetness). For oatmeal raisin cookies, use oats in place of quinoa flakes and raisins in place of chocolate chips. I would also use brown sugar and increase the cinnamon for oatmeal-raisin cookies.

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