Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (courtesy of Instagram!)

I'm an avid Instagram user.  I can't lie.  I use it solely to share vegan food photos.  It's so much fun connecting with like-minded food-obsessed people. How else would I be able to see the delicious meal that someone in Singapore had for breakfast?  :)  The other wonderful aspects of Instagram are the instantaneous recipe sharing and continuous encouragement to create artfully delicious meals.  One of the recipes that I had to try was for these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from Instagram user @yvonne_deliciously_vegan. They're made with garbanzo bean flour, coconut palm sugar, and coconut oil (I added walnuts). The recipe is simple and quick, but the outcome is amazing.

(I have to add mint leaves to everything for aesthetics)

Although I don't avoid gluten, I've tried my hand at gluten-free baking with mixed results.  What's great about this recipe is that there's no need to combine multiple flours together and no need to add xanthan gum, which are common in many gluten-free baking recipes.  I guess you could use a store-bought gluten-free all-purpose flour mix and call it a day, but the garbanzo bean flour works wonderfully here.  The cookies are moist, and unlike some of my previous gluten-free baking fiascoes, they aren't crumbly or gummy!  

The recipe is posted on Yvonne's lovely blog My Eclectic Kitchen, along with many other fabulous gluten-free and vegan recipes.  She also has a chai chocolate chip cookie recipe that I'll be trying soon.  Insta-yum!  :)