Nothing in my little rambler here in Charlottesville is less than 60 years old. This is why everything that comes out of my ’50s-era gas oven without being either a) totally uncooked, or b) not totally scorched is a gift. So, Universe, I must once again bow to you in thanks.
Gluten free baking has come leaps and bounds from where it was even a couple of years ago. What once would have been a pile of dry, crumbly, flavorless pieces of cardboard can now be just as good (I think, even better) than their glutinous counterparts that cause me and so many others a great deal of (totally awkward and socially crippling) pain.
The one key is to know your flour blend. I’ve been using Namaste Foods ever since my mom got me a 5 pound bag from Costco “just to try out.” It claims cup-for-cup usage, but I honestly don’t believe any blend is truly the perfect substitute…you have to be willing to experiment a bit and totally put the manufacturer’s own recipes to work. I adapted this recipe from a chocolate chip cookie recipe on the Namaste Foods site while planning a dinner party for my husband’s learning group (everyone gets smarter with cookies, right?). I made a few subs (wanted a dairy-free version and used palm sugar to take advantage of its awesome, rich flavor) and voila! They came out beautifully. I got 30 cookies from this recipe (the original claimed 5 dozen…umyeahnoway) and with 7 people…well, you do the math
If you do want to sub out another GF flour blend, while I can’t verify the ratios, Namaste AP blend is just sweet brown rice flour (the majority of the mix), tapioca starch, arrowroot flour, sorghum flour, and xanthan gum. I’d say anything with a similar ingredient mix would work well, so just have a quick check and make sure you aren’t using a bean-flour blend (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill GF AP flour, which I also love to death but is mostly garbanzo).
- 2 1/2 cups Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 1 c coconut oil
- 3/4 c sugar
- 3/4 c palm sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 c chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream the coconut oil with the sugar and palm sugar. Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time until fluffy.
- Mix the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and add to the coconut oil/sugar mixture.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.
- Yields 2-3 dozen, depending on cookie size. I made 30.
**Adapted from Namaste Foods