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Chewy Chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free)

IMG_20170915_141808I checked my watch – 9.28 am. Yes! We’d made it in time. Well ahead of time actually. Two minutes is a LOT of time when you are a mom. And those two minutes take on a whole new meaning when you working against the clock in the morning rush to get your older one ready for school, while simultaneously trying to pack lunch for him and breastfeeding your little one.

So, it was the first day of the second week of school after the winter break. Before the birth of my second fellow, I used to handle the elder one’s school drop and pick-up. After the younger one came along, I decided it would be better for my sanity if he goes by the school van. For a whole week we were late in getting to the van pick-up point – right at the entrance to our apartment complex.

The first two days we got so late, the van left without us and I ended up dropping him to school. The next two days we rushed out of our block only to see the van whizzing down the road – we were late still and had to drop him to school ourselves. On Friday – the last working day of the week – I called up the van conductor a few minutes before the scheduled time, telling her to wait a minute or two for us if we were late!


We decided enrolling him for the school van made no sense if we couldn’t get him ready on time. So, that Sunday, we ensured he slept on time. On Monday morning, we woke him nearly half an hour ahead of his usual waking up time. The getting ready kind of went through without any major hick-ups and the breakfast-eating wasn’t so smooth, but we went through it somehow AND got to the pick-up point a full two minutes ahead of time.

There was a sense of achievement and the kiddo too was excited about going to school in the van with his friends. We killed those two minutes happily chatting about the previous day’s trip to the beach, the sand play and the sundal eating. The watch showed 9.30am and we looked down the road. Sure enough, our white-coloured school van was cruising towards us. And then, while we waited for it to come to a halt near us, it just sped past! I wanted to call the conductor, but I realized I wasn’t carrying my mobile phone. By the time we got back home and I located my phone, the van had reached school. The conductor apologized: “I’m sorry madam. I forgot to ask the driver to stop.”


I muttered under my breath and rushed out again with the scooter key in hand – the little one was screaming his lungs out, but that’s the matter for another post. Anyway, so I somehow rushed to school and got the big kiddo in before they closed the school gates. I spotted a couple of other kindergarten moms chatting close by and walked up to them to exchange pleasantries and that is when I realized – I was still in my night clothes, with a small hole in the pajamas on my right knee! Worse still, my hair was wrapped up in a towel to keep my still-wet hair in place! Needless to say, the other moms had a good laugh at my expense while I squirmed uncomfortably.

And what happens each time I make a fool of myself somewhere? To soothe my frayed nerves, I look to get busy in the kitchen, preheating the oven and prepping for some bakes the minute the little one is tucked in for his nap. It was on one of those days that I made these cookies – chewy with gooey puddles of chocolate in every bite. Best of all, neither hubby, nor my mother-in-law like chewy cookies. So, my elder one and I have the whole cookie tin to ourselves!


These cookies are gluten-free and use our humble besan for flour. On the taste front, no one can tell that these are not the usual wheat flour cookies. They are beautifully golden-hued to boot and do not take long to prepare. So, the next time you need a chocolatey treat all for yourself, you know exactly what to make!



Recipe adapted from: Vegan Richa

Chewy Choco-chip cookies – GF (with besan)


Besan*  – 1 cup

Baking soda – ½ tsp

Almond powder – 2 tbsp

Salt – a pinch

Flaxseed powder – 1 tbsp

Water – 1.5 tbsp.

Jaggery syrup (or maple syrup/molasses/honey) –

Cane sugar – 1/3 cup

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Sunflower oil (or other neutral tasting oil) – 1/3 cup

Chopped chunks of chocolate – up to ½ cup

* original recipe calls for garbanzo/chickpea flour, which is not easily found here. I’ve used besan, which is the flour made from brown chickpeas (kala chana).


Mix flaxseed powder with water and set aside for a few minutes

Take the jaggery syrup, cane sugar, vanilla extract and oil in a large bowl and mix well. Add in the flax mix.

Mix the dry ingredients – besan, baking soda, salt and almond powder – and add into the wet mix

Mix well. Your cookie dough will be more of a sticky thickish batter

Fold in the chocolate chips and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

After refrigeration, the cookie dough should be more manageable. You can add a little more besan if the dough is too sticky (I used about 1 cup + 3tbsp of besan in all)

Preheat your oven to 350 deg C and line your cookie tray with a sheet of parchment paper

Measure out rounded tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place on the cookie tray. Flatten slightly. Leave enough gap for cookies to spread

Bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges should be golden-brown. Bake for the lesser time for chewy cookies and for longer time if you want them crisp.

Notes: These cookies are wonderfully chewy and do not taste any different than cookies made with regular (wheat) flour. They are crisp around the edges on the day they are baked and become soft and chewy a few hours down the line.


Almost every other day throughout December I’m going to blog about my baking experiments as part of the Bake-a-thon, an event that is run each year by Valli.





There are many wonderful bloggers who participate in this event and you can see all the lovely baked dishes they are preparing here

11 thoughts on “Chewy Chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free)

  1. Love these cookies….have never tried baking with besan. Looks crunchy and tempting.
    I can so understand the craziness of catching the school bus…seems like an achievement whenever we do. Kudos to managing two kids and a blog. And I am sure the towel on the head is going to be the next big thing in fashion!

  2. Wow, gluten free cookies, thats so brilliant. And they looks absolutely crunchy. Gud to see you back after a long Nandini.

  3. It’s so interesting to read ur blogs. They are a slice of life… Which I’m sure everyone likes!! Proud of u my dear friend. Happy blogging!!

  4. Nandini, you really crack me up!..that was an hilarious account..I can so relate to the whole scenario!..those cookies look amazing and to know you baked with besan is awesome!

  5. What situations Mom’s have to face while parenting , and we can only laugh when we look back . Good to have you back Nandini , we have missed your ramblings ! And your bakes too , and these cookies look fantastic , I love such monster ones :))

  6. Welcome Back nandini ! Besan as an ingredient for Gf option is so great ! So good to be able to relate to this post 🙂 we have had this missed-Bus scene for so many years now it’s actually a joke if we get to the bus stop a few mins earlier. The only learning Betn the two girls is now I carry my phone to the stop even if I leave the kiddo behind ;)) 😂😂😂 the torn PJ and dishevelled hair also adds to the drama scene here (ditto for me too 🙂

  7. The cookies look so crisp and good. Besan and chocolate must have made a great combo.
    Loved reading your post til the end. I suppose this is the problem with most of the moms. I have been facing this missed bus situation for the last 16 years. Earlier it was my son and now my daughter (they have an age gap of 9 and a half). But I took a sigh of relief as my condition was never as bad as is yours. Its my hubby’s duty to make them catch the bus 🙂

  8. I can so relate to the bus stop scene! We consider it an achievement if we reach the place a minute earlier which rarely happens! Loved reading your post Nandini. The GF cookies look absolutely delicious. Your serve-ware looks awesome!

  9. Wow, chocolate chip cookies made with besan — now that sounds interesting and delicious. Will have to try this recipe some time.
    Our school bus leaves at 7:00 AM while we are still scrambling out of bed. So I’ve realized that the best thing to do is drop them when they are ready and let them take the bus in the evening 🙂

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