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Friday, October 7, 2011

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Gluten & Dairy Free

Gluten-free/Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

it's confession time (again). i made these for ass kissing purposes. last week i had the opportunity to meet Matt Nathanson. it's a Life List item for me, one that is quite easy to fulfill considering the amount of times i've seen this man perform this year and how incredibly accessible he makes himself to his fans. however, when i am in the presence of God of someone i admire or fangirl over, i am rendered mute. i'm not my usual angry bubbly self, i don't have the brain capacity to say something witty. i had a chance over the summer when i saw him ALONE in the parking lot of a cafe in VA where he was doing a super secret show and i shit myself chickened out.

my dear friend Nancy, who is an expert at meeting celebs, won a chance to do a meet/greet, as well as watch him be interviewed by the local radio station. she could bring a friend. she brought me. i, in turn, brought these cookies. because i KNEW i would not say anything remarkable, memorable, or possibly even human. i did manage to tell him that they were gluten & dairy free, and made with completely organic ingredients. he hugged me. he hugged me. i may have peed myself. i spent the rest of the day fighting a headache from the excitement & stress this event gave me. don't judge me.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Gluten & Dairy Free

2 1/2 cups quinoa flour
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of baking soda
8 TBL earth balance soy margarine stick, melted & cooled
2 TBL veggie oil
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey
chocolate chips, whatever amount. i used soy based ghirardelli mini chips
kosher salt for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven 350F.

put all the dry ingredients in mixing bowl. add in the melted/cooled margarine. i put in 2 tablespoons worth of oil in the 1/2 cup measuring cup before adding to the mix. then i added the honey to the measuring cup, making it much easier to pour the sticky sweetness from the cup since it was greased by the oil. throw in the vanilla. mix thru. add the chips.

form into cookies. these do not spread or rise, so whatever shape you make them into, that's the way they will bake. i made them teaspoon sized, smashed down a smidgen. sprinkle with kosher salt & bake for 8 minutes. *can go longer for another minute or so if you want, but i like my stuff underbaked and i bet you, matt does too.

verdict: i had nancy try them. she & i could not get around the texture of it, it's just different. i left out two for dw to try and he enjoyed it. the initial bite (which is what nancy & i had) is crumbly & soft, but as you eat more, it becomes more appealing. i *almost* didn't give them to matt nathanson for fear they were shitty. but bigK talked sense into me. it's just the texture of a non-gluten baked good (we think), it's not bad, it's just not something we are used to as gluten eaters.


  1. Yeah for checking things off your Life List. And I LOVE the photos. Where'd you get all that light this time of year?

  2. wendi, it helps that the cutting board is white. i actually took this outside on dw's fire escape, on a very dreary day around 10am. i used another white cutting board to reflect more light & thankfully it worked!

  3. That was great. Love your strike out comments :). Matt is coming to Vancouver in a few weeks, and like you, I'm planning on baking gluten-free stuff for him. Hope it turns out. I have to find some soy chocolate chips now. Chocolate mint cookies - I've only made regular ones, so hope the g-f ones work out.

  4. This is hysterical. My only brush with "celebrity" that I failed to take (or only brush, period.) was a guy who was on this PBS reality-type show called Colonial House. I know I'm a TOTAL nerd for just saying that, but my friend and I were obsessed with it and obsessed with this guy. Then we went to London and THERE HE WAS. On Leicester Square. And I thought, oh my gosh, if I go talk to him right now, he'll probably fall in love with me and we'll get married! (I was 19.) And so I totally chickened out and didn't, although I think we did grab a picture of him.

    All this to say--I want to try these cookies. Yum.

  5. I had to google him. I is sorry. But I love that he hugged you :)
    And I want to try these out; I know, I keep saying that. I will one of these days. I do have quinoa. Have a great weekend!

  6. The running commentary on your inner dialog made me laugh. Obviously you demonstrated more courage than most people, despite your uneasiness.

    Thanks, as always, for the glimpse inside your brain.

    And the pics realy are stunning. I'll try the "outside trick" next time.

  7. Woah, quinoa flour? I've never heard of that! It's gluten-free? (I'm still trying to get a handle on the gluten-free thing, so I apologize for being dense.)

    These look awesome -- right on, chocolate-chip cookies!

  8. I love quinoa, haven't tried quinoa flour before though! this looks good.

  9. ummm...yumm. these look delicious and your photos are fantastic!

    and ps--left a little comment for you on the blog. x

  10. Oh my goodness you just made my day with this story. I once met Gary Allan (country star) on HIS TOUR BUS! I was so nervous I could only muster "hello" and stood behind my twin. Not one of my proudest moments! I don't usually do vegan or GF on my blog twin tables but I wonder if I made these with real butter and something with texture they might work in the mouth feel department! Thanks.

  11. I'm gonna have to look for quinoa flour now! What a wonderful recipe!

  12. anonymous - oh fun! he really does put on such a great show, i am jealous you have that to look fwd to. good luck on your cookies.

    joanna - your celebrity story is so cute, we just have to remember that they are all HUMAN.. (so much easier to say than do!)

    photohogger - it's ok that you didn't know him, i hope he doesn't get too mainstream! but he is from MA so when he's back to home state, i would recommend you check out his shows, they're fun. as for quinoa, if you use the actual quinoa, make sure you soak them first (it's bitter otherwise) and then dry completely before grinding them.

    jeff, you are always so kind to me with your compliments. thank you.

    meister - yes, gluten free and i enjoy it in salads, so when i found them in flake AND flour form, i snatched them up. whole foods is the way to go.

    shu han, thank you!

    chessa, coming from you, THANK YOU so much.

    twin table, how fun that you met gary allen on his tour bus! i used soy margarine which i find not at all different from regular butter. i should note that matt nathanson is gluten intolerant & that's why i used quinoa flour. i would've used just AP normally.

    sook, thank you. try whole foods, they'll have it.