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Nutty Gluten-free Cookies With Chickpea Flour


Looking for a gluten-free cookie recipe? I know there is so much buzz about gluten these days. In fact, it has become a big villain for most people. I call it a villain, since it causes gluten sensitivty in people with celiac disease. It can cause all sorts of problems, from stomach ailments to skin rashes and much more. If you too are gluten intolerant, you are perhaps looking for guilt-free, gluten-free treats to satiate your taste buds. I understand how challenging it can get to find perfect gluten-free recipes that cater to your family's taste. Anyway, I decided to go for gluten-free cookies for all my friends out there who have been looking for the recipe.
gluten free cookies with chickpea flour: an airfryer recipe

Is Chickpea Flour Gluten Free?

Absolutely, yes!

Packed with a good amount of iron and fiber, gluten free chickpea is a healthy addition to include in your meal plans. However, the high amount of iron may cause gastritis for those with digestion issues. But when combined with the goodness of other fiber-rich ingredients, you can keep a check on the amount of iron that goes inside you with every single bite.

is chickpea gluten free


While making the dough, I decided to experiment with poha/rice flakes/flattened rice. I knew roasted poha tastes simple amazing. If you still doubt it, try out my instant poha ladoo recipe (courtesy: Neelam Avasthi), and you will fall in love with these rice flakes.
sugarfree poha ladoos: an instant recipe

The experiment delivered me gluten-free melt-in-the-mouth cookies that were finished in no time. Ideally hubby dear is not a cookie lover, unlike me, who experiments with various ingredients to come up with guilt-free tea-time treats for myself. I had one first and then asked for more and more, for these were simply melt-in-the-mouth while poha added to those crunchy bites.

Trust you me, I was very tempted to add oats to these healthy cookies, but the thought of making these gluten free stopped me from including my favorite cereal in the simple cookie recipe. My oats recipe collection has grown to a massive size already. So let's rest oats for a gluten-free recipe!

Dad and mom loved these yummy goodies. While dad related them to nankhatais, mom said these taste like patisa or soan papdi. Hubby too agreed.
gluten free airfryer cookies with chickpea flour


The cookie recipe is quite simple - you need:
a cup of besan
a cup of almond powder or almond meal (which ever is handy)
half cup of poha
2 tbsp or more of raw cane sugar


Ingredients
1 cup measures 175 ml
Makes 25 cookies

1 cup- besan/chickpea flour
1/2 cup- poha (flattened rice/rice flakes)
1 cup- almond flour or almond meal (both are different - I have included powdered almonds here with skin on)
2 tbsp- raw cane sugar or dry jaggery powder - else it might ooze during the baking process (add more if you have a sweet tooth - I take it less sweet)
2 tbsp-  ghee (clarified butter - you may reduce the amount of ghee by 1 tbsp and add an extra tbsp of oil )- refrigerate ghee for half an hour before using
2 tbsp- olive oil/seed oil
1 tbsp- milk
simple cookie recipe delivers gluten free cookies


raw cane sugar-  available in MORE stores

How to make gluten-free cookies with chickpea flour: An Airfryer Recipe

Whisk ghee, oil, and raw cane sugar until light and fluffy.
Add milk and whisk again. The color of the mix should look pale. It won't be as fluffy though. But the idea is still to whisk very well.
Take a strainer and sift through besan/chickpea flour.
Add this to the oil mix.
Mix with hands. It will be very very loose.
Now add almond powder and mix again.
Next throw in poha.
If the dough still looks too loose, you may increase the amount of poha.
Mix everything with hands or spoon and leave it aside (covered) for 30 mins or longer.
Do not refrigerate. I kept it overnight (so the next day the dough looked dry but I was able to work with it after tiny struggles). You need not keep it overnight - half an hour will do the trick.
Preheat the oven/mw convection to 160 degrees for 10 mts. I have made these in airfryer. These days I do not use my microwave at all, since my airfryer comes in handy every time and does the trick for me.Preheat the airfryer for 5 mts.
Roll out the dough into a thick sheet (1/4 inch).
Use cookie cutters or a bangle to make shapes.
Place on the baking tray/airfryer tray and bake or airfry for 10 -12 mts at 160 degrees.
Remove the tray from the oven/airfryer, else the gluten-free airfryer cookies will continue to cook under the heat impact from the oven.
Let the cookies cool down completely before removing them from the tray.Else they might crumble while removing
Remove on a cooling rack and your guilt-free chickpea cookies are good to go into your airtight container.
Of course, these are perfectly ready for tea-time munching.
Please share your feedback on gluten free cookies.

Other Poha Recipes:
instant poha upma (opos)

baked poha cutlets


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