Dairy and gluten free chocolate and avocado cookies!

A few months ago, I was asked by the team at Jamie Oliver to come up with a recipe for a dairy AND gluten free cookie recipe – no mean feat!

I don’t follow a particular diet eliminating any type of food, but I do steer clear of dairy some of the time, and what i love about this recipe most of all is that first of all, its delicious, but it also has certain health benefits, a winning combo in my eyes!

 

I discovered that avocado can be a fantastic alternative to butter in this context…so here’s the recipe that was published on Jamie Oliver.com

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado (when it’s skinned and de-seeded we need around 100g)
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum (optional – without this, your cookie will be crumblier)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 150g light brown soft sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g gluten-free flour (any combination of the following flours will work – standard gluten-free flour, rice flour, gram flour, quinoa flour)
  • 100g roughly-chopped dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa solids should always be dairy free, but check the packet)

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and line a baking tray/sheet with parchment paper. Scoop your avocado into a large bowl and mash thoroughly until it’s a smooth green goo. Once smooth, add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and beat using good old muscle power with a wooden spoon, until a nice shiny consistent wet mix forms. It’ll look like a very sticky and dark coloured cake mix rather than a firm cookie dough. If you taste a little of the mixture at this point, you’ll be amazed at how “green” it tastes – it’s literally like eating raw cabbage, but after baking, all of the vegetable taste is gone – thank goodness!

Add most of your chocolate chunks, saving some of the larger pieces to press into the top of each cookie before baking. Using two metal spoons, dollop evenly sized round-shaped cookies onto your baking tray – larger is always better with these ones, and they don’t spread much when baking. If you prefer a thicker, fudgier cookie, pile the mix high and bake for the full time, and if you like a thinner chewier cookie then spread them out more and bake for less. Press a couple of chocolate chunks into the top, then bake for around 12-15 minutes – they will still be slightly soft to the touch, but do firm up once allowed to cool