With my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I am exploring over 100 different dietary theories. The goal is to be aware of them and to learn that no one diet works for everyone. Eating a plant based (vegan) diet has been working for me, but I haven’t finished my quest to improve my health even further, so I am going gluten free for a “spell.” It’s again opening new culinary doors for me and I am enjoying the challenge!
I started off gluten free, vegan baking with a bang because these cookies are really yummy! They are made with teff flour. What is teff, you say? Teff is the smallest grain in the world. It has a high percentage of bran and germ so it’s a great source of dietary fiber (always a good thing!). It’s also high in protein and iron. Teff was first enjoyed by Ethiopians. So, try some teff and get some bountiful multicultural nutrition. It’s definitely a way to “indulge” deliciously with a nutritional powerhouse!
I got this recipe from Terry Walters’ Clean Food (a graduate from IIN! but it’s tweaked just a little.
1-1/2 cups teff flour (preferably ivory – but I couldn’t find ivory and used the darker version)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chunky 100% peanut butter
1 cup maple syrup – I realized after I started that I didn’t have 1 cup of maple syrup, so I used 1/2 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of agave nectar. Results: Superb!)
1/2 cup semisweet dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet ingredients in another.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry and blend until just combined – do not overmix.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Drop batter by heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheet.
- Leave cookies free-form or press down in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.
- Place in oven and bake 13 minutes or until lightly browned.
- The key to these cookies is not to overbake them!
- Remove from oven and place directly on wire rack to cool.
MAKES 20-24 cookies
Rating: B+. While a little crumbly, the taste is pure peanut butter and chocolate bliss. My husband and I really enjoyed these. The kids gave them a “pretty good” but said they were “very peanut buttery.” Hmm – that’s a bad thing? They didn’t have any problem eating them, though. Yummo!