Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

After a few rounds of testing, more testing, trials, and more trials, I don’t seem to be gluten intolerant. Blood tests and biopsies from my endoscopy cleared me for celiac’s disease and if I have any kind of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, it is both not what is causing my current problems and much less than any number of other sensitivities I have. For the most part, my stomach seems to do best with rice, then wheat and buckwheat, and then not so well with other grains/starches/carbs. I’m eating some wheat again, but I have a few recipes and products from my experience of going gluten free that I love and plan to keep in my diet.

These cookies are definitely one of them. Provided I can eat chocolate again, which I currently can’t. (I’d better be able to eat chocolate again. I mean, it’s chocolate.)

Personally, I think these are the perfect allergy-friendly cookie. They’re not just gluten free, but also egg free, soy free, dairy free, casein free, and lactose free. As far as I understand – always do your own research if you have allergies and sensitivities – they should be appropriate for a gluten free, casein free (gfcf) diet. They’re nut free and peanut free and low in refined sugars. I think you could make them (cane) sugar free as well pretty easily, a la Kelsi, if you used a chocolate otherwise sweetened. (Trader Joe’s carries one made with honey!) They’re actually grain free, of all things – buckwheat is a seed and a pseudo-grain, not a true seed. (Hmm, I wonder if they could potentially be kosher for Passover, then? They sure taste a lot better than the Kosher for Passover cookies I’ve had from packages!) Plus, they’re made with buckwheat, which packs quite the nutritional punch. I think this is a great recipe to introduce people to buckwheat with, as the cookies don’t have as strong of a buckwheat flavor (some love it, some hate it) as crepes or pizza dough.

This basically a de-glutened version of Live. Learn. Love. Eat’s  cookie dough recipe here.  She calls them mini cookies, but I think of them as pretty standard home-made cookies in terms of size – of course, I didn’t eat just one.

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 36 cookies.

Dry ingredients:

2 cups buckwheat flour (I used Arrowhead Mills organic)

1.5 teaspoons baking soda

½ Teaspoon sea salt

¾ cup vegan chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (I used Trader Joe’s chocolate chips)

Wet ingredients:

¾ cup maple syrup

2/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the buckwheat flour, baking soda, and salt. I used a silicone spoon (good for avoiding gluten cross contamination!) but a wooden spoon would work as well; this recipe mixes easily without an electric mixer, if you’re short on one. Mix in the canola oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until combined. Add the chocolate chips. The dough will be darker than typical chocolate chip cookie dough.

Drop 36 portions onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. A melon baller makes for the perfect size. These cookies do not naturally flatten as much cookies with wheat flour; either press down or enjoy puffier.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until done. Color is less of a guide than with wheat, as buckwheat is darker, so consider checking with a tooth pick. Allow to cool and enjoy!

(I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of the completed cookies. I didn’t take any when I made these before and I’m not going to torture myself with chocolate chips to get some.)

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Finished American Studies. Almost finished with An Infamous Army. Started reading Malcolm Cowley, Exile’s Return. Had quite the day today — there’ll be a story tomorrow or the next day.

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Library Loot 8/22/12

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire fromThe Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Georgette Heyer, An Infamous Army

I’m halfway through this one. Love, love, love it so far. I think it’s going to be one of my favorite Heyer’s — right up with Regency Buck. I’m going to have to try some more of her more meticulously historical fiction.

Christopher Isherwood, Berlin Stories

Goodbye to Berlin is one of my all-time favorite books. I wrote about it some as a guest blogger on another blog. I picked up this edition for his other Berlin story, The Last of Mr. Norris. I have high hopes!

Jo Walton, The King’s Peace

I have a bit more trepidation about this selection. I’ve recently fallen pretty hard for Jo Walton’s writing, but I often find it difficult to get into high fantasy series.

Louis Menard, The Metaphysical Club

This is for a class I’m taking locally. (I’ve got to keep my mind sharp!)

Louis Menard, American Studies

Ditto. I’ve read the first three essays (it’s a collection) and they’re enthralling so far. Reading about reading is definitely right up my alley.

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In other news, I’d just like to say how much I appreciate the outpouring of support I’ve received in the wake of yesterday’s post. The words of support and inspiration people have passed on through Facebook, email, and so forth have meant the world to me. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning and my doctor commented on how I seem to be in much better spirits than when she saw me a week and a half ago. I think some of that stems from stopping a medication with cognitive side effects, and some of it from receiving more nutrition via the tube, but a big part comes from the incredible support I’ve received in the last few days since “coming out” about my illness. Thank you. ❤

Yesterday was a Good Day. I have them on a pretty regular basis, if not often enough. I was able to eat!

Brown rice pasta with tomato sauce and lean ground beef; steamed summer squash from the farmer’s market; melon from the farmer’s market; water with a straw (easier to drink that way with the tube.) I’m not gluten free anymore (lots of experimenting to find it wasn’t the problem), but I am eating more rice and less wheat if only because rice is more easily digested in the stomach.

Last night was rough and early this morning was rougher, but I seem to be over that bad spell. Fingers crossed I’ll get the rest of the day (and more) clear!