16 August 2010

No Meat Zone Recipes: Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup (120 g) dry, unsweetened (cooking) dates
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) Sucanat or unrefined evaporated cane juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) finely ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups (360 ml) all purpose GF flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup (140 g) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.

Pour 1/3 cup (80 ml) boiling water over dates in a small bowl or glass measuring cup so that all dates are covered. Let sit for 8-10 minutes, until dates are soft. Do not drain.

Place dates with any leftover water, Sucanat, maple syrup, flax seeds, vanilla and coconut oil in a the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Allow to cool while you prepare the dry ingredients.

In a large bowl, sift together the all purpose flour, rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to blend well. Add the wet mixture (be sure it’s at room temperature) and chocolate chips and mix well. You should have a very stiff but slightly sticky dough. If it's too dry, add a LITTLE water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together.

Using a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, scoop dough onto cookie sheets. Wet your palms and flatten the cookies to about 1/4 inch (.5 cm) thick.

Bake in preheated oven for 8-11 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops are dry and begin to puff (the cookies should still be soft). Allow to cool completely before removing from sheets. Makes 24-28 cookies. May be frozen.

Submitted by Ricki Heller, PhD, RHN-- Author of Sweet Freedom: Desserts You'll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar.  Find Ricki posting delicious, healthy recipes on her blog, Diet, Dessert and Dogs or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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