Um, yes. That’s right. These little babies can be made vegan and gluten free.
I think I might be in heaven. Actually, wait, maybe we all are (you know, with these cookies and all).
If you’ve been reading the blog for the last couple of months (especially the last few weeks), you know I’ve been dealing with my fair share of some sickness and tummy troubles. I’m on week two of no dairy, but have also been dabbling a bit with not eating as much gluten.
I do have to say that my tummy has been feeling better lately. I actually think it was some kind of a bug that I just couldn’t fully get over after my marathon (and my inability to rest and recover with my hectic schedule). I’m sure there’s some food issues behind it though also and I’m on a mission to get down to the bottom of it soon.
Side note to self- never underestimate the power of rest.
Or the deliciousness of these cookies.
Let me tell you that I really don’t know too much about the gluten free lifestyle. My trip to the store to purchase all my ingredients for this recipe was not a quick one. In fact, it was pretty tedious. Gluten sure is in a lot of foods. Who knew?
I commend all of you that eat gluten free all the time. That’s tough (and I may need some serious advice in the future if it turns out gluten is the cause of some of my issues). Thank goodness though there’s companies out there like Udi’s Gluten Free Foods. They have a whole assortment of products on their website to choose from: bagels, cookies, granola, bread, muffins, pizzas, etc.
After some thought about what recipe I wanted to post, I decided to put my doughtzel balls to the gluten free test.
I think they passed.
I also think I tested a few too many.
I also did not record them in MyFitnessPal.
Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Doughtzel Balls
makes 32 balls
1/2 cup GF vegan butter or margarine
1 cup natural peanut butter (make sure it’s gluten free and vegan)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (make sure it’s gluten free)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons nondairy milk
1 cup vegan, gluten free semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup gluten free crushed pretzels
Mix light butter spread, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla until smooth (a stand mixer works really well).
Combine the next 5 ingredients (all the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips and pretzels) in a separate medium size bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet mixture gradually while stirring.
Add 2 tablespoons of nondairy milk to moisten the dough (if needed).
Gently mix in the chocolate chips and crushed pretzels.
Cover and chill dough for about an hour.
Use a tablespoon or ice cream scoop to form dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to make clean up easier).
Bake in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes.
Let cookies sit on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before moving them to cooling rack.
Here’s a quick look at all the steps.
Oh, I almost forgot a very important thing.
Just like with the original recipe, you can eat them in dough form (no baking needed).
There’s a slight chance I did that (and didn’t record it in MyFitnessPal either).
Oh and just thought you should know I made Grandma D taste test for me and she actually said she liked these balls better than the original version.
This was my first attempt at gluten free cooking even though I’ve been mixing up a ton of my protein cookie dough (that just so happens to be gluten free). It was a fun challenge to undertake and now I’ve gotten the bug to try more gluten free creations. I feel like I need to educate myself a little more on the gluten free life.
Enough about me.
Here’s what you can do:
You can also find a lot of great gluten free conversations and resources in Udi’s Gluten Free Living Community.
Have you tried anything new lately?
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