Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wheat Free Chocolate Chip cookies with a note of gratitude

Did you ever see a car sticker that says - "If you can read this, thank your teacher" ? and whenever I do, I, with the bottom of my heart thank everybody who helped be the way I am today. - Good or Bad, everybody had a contribution  to make to my life & I had a lot to learn. That's how the life goes. like a train journey where you are traveling with so many others - some stay with you forever & some are remembered for their annoyance. There are lot many people from - my family to S to my friends to my teachers to my roommates to whom I will be eternally thankful for letting be myself & embracing me with my flaws & still love me. 


As I was sifting through my old posts the other day, I stumbled up this -

Your eyes say what I want to know...
Your cheeky smile makes me glow.
What power do you possess that makes me melt...
Because of every word spoken, every touch felt.

Every awake moment is spent thinking of you...
Every second apart feels so wasted, makes me blue.
The warmth from your enclosed arms is a haven...
Gives me unparalleled security - a feeling of heaven.

The words which I want to say have not yet been found...
Every thought, every feel so deep and so profound.
But on this day, to let u know what I am thinking will just suffice
Cos you just got to see how much I love you through my "lovestruck" eyes........

 ..it was February 14th, year 2008 and when I wanted to dedicate a poem to my dear S. Knowing how creative my dear friend was,  I asked her for help and she wrote the above poem. Tears just swelled from my eyes when I read this for the first time and moments like these make you feel how grateful you are to have such wonderful people around you. Even to till date, I feel lucky & thank god for sending such a good friend like her. :)

It is human tendency to search and crave for that "absolute happiness" but isn't it wise for us to just -

‘Be Content with what we have; rejoice in the way things are and when we realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to us.’

~Lao Tzu (from Zen Habits)

So, do you have anybody to thank in your life. If so, please do and let them know how lucky you are to have them in your life. :)

Now coming today's recipe - Wheat-free Vegan Chocolate chip cookies made with just Oat flour. I made these for one my good friends who has wheat allergy and she was so thrilled to taste these cookies. Without any egg or all-purpose-flour or butter, these cookies are decadent & absolutely guilt-free. Even my non-vegan friends at office enjoyed them thoroughly & rated 4 out 5. :)




Wheat Free Vegan Chocolate Chip cookies (Adapted from Post Punk Kitchen)

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil or melted margarine (I used canola oil)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal
1/4 cup almond milk (or soymilk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preparation:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 F.

Step 2: Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. (I skipped this step as my sifter was broken).

Step 3: In a mixing bowl, whisk together flax meal and almond milk. Add sugar, oil and vanilla extract and whisk vigorously until all ingredients are emulsified (for about a minute).

Step 4: Mix wet ingredients into dry, fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.




Step 5: Drop batter by the tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet, leaving and 1 1/2 inches of space inbetween cookies.

Step 6: Bake for 10 -12 minutes. (Make sure not to over-bake. Even if they look a little under-cooked after 12 minutes, take them out & they will properly set while cooling). Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes. Using a spatula, put them on a cooling rack or plate to cool the rest of the way. Store in air-tight containers.

Enjoy!




Notes:

1. Oat flour can be found in any grocery stores. If not, just grind any steel cut oats to a very very fine powder.The oat flour can be easily substituted with Whole wheat pastry flour, All purpose flour or a combination of both.

2. Chocolate chips can be replaced with any kind of dried fruit and/or nuts.

3. The same cookie dough can be used for thumb-print cookies and fill the center with any kind of jam/jelly.

Hope you all have a great week ahead.

until next time,
Siri

20 comments :

  1. Cookie looks awesome. Egg free makes it even better.

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  2. Nandini - Glad you liked them Nandini. Do let me know how they turned out to be. If you have any questions, just ping me.

    Latha - So true.

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  3. loved reading this post...the cookies look perfect.

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  4. My next baking venture will be this..Awesome Siri..

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  5. Love that it is eggless and butterless. How have you been Siri?

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  6. Scrumptious cookies, looks absolutely awesome, beautiful write up..

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  7. loved reading the post...and those lovely vegan cookies making me try right now!!
    Beautiful click Siri!!

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  8. Hi Siri,
    I want to try this.Are these chewy or crunchy?

    Thanks,
    Vini

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  9. Sayantani - Thanks dear.

    Gayu - Do try these and let me know whether you liked them or not Gayu :)

    Divya - Yup, eggless & butterless. Isn't it perfect to eat :). Life has been pretty busy Divya with work et al. These cookies are the first major blog-worthy recipe that I made in the new apartment. Hope all is well with you too.

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  10. Priya, Swapna - Thank you ladies. Such sweet comments mean a lot to me and trust me, a major boost to blog more.

    Vini - These cookies are a bit chewy when you bite into them and slightly crunchy outside. Do try them for sure. :)

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  11. cookies look so good,..nice poem

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  12. Perfect Cookies.I can understand about what you said abt DK.She is surely inspiring and a friend in deed as well.
    Lovely click Siri.I too had bookmarked this recipe from PPK

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  13. Hi Siri,
    Could I substitute almond milk with soy milk?
    Thanks K

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  14. hey , nice blog , like it ,
    won’t be nice if i u can clickover to my blog page too ,
    & post some suggestion

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  15. notyet100 - Thanks dear.

    CurryLeaf - Thanks babes. I fell in love with this recipe the minute I saw it. Hope you will try soon & blog about it.

    Kareena - Almond milk can be easily substituted with soymilk. Thanks for pointing it out. I will update the post accordingly.

    Monisha - Thanks.

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  16. .....(speechless for 30 seconds)......

    Knowing me, you know thats quite a feet to make me dumbstruck for 30 whole seconds! You are a blessing in my life and its indeed amazing to hear from my "blessing" how grateful it is by my presence ;)

    I think along with our friendship we as ppl "bloom" with each other's presence and I am glad to have you in my life too :)

    P.S Store some of those cookies for me when I visit your new place!!

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  17. Luv this since its with oats n choco chips looks so tempting

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  18. I just tried making these cookies!
    I wish i could say that mine looked like the picture! But sadly they didn't!
    The mixture was so dry when i made it, i was tempted to crack an egg in [my diet doesn't require egg-free]
    Maybe I did something wrong but i did check several times!
    My diet requires that I cannot eat sugar, so I used stevia instead along with a spoon of organic honey, but didnt expect the difference to be so huge. I also used 90% chocolate.
    Regardless, I have no doubt I will eat them all!

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  19. Cup My Buns - Thanks for trying the recipe. Since the cookies are wheat-free and make use of oat flour instead of APF or Whole Wheat flour, the mixute is expected to be on a drier side. I have never used stevia+honey combination, so can't comment on that. Next time, probably you could add a tbsp or two of milk?

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