Oh my goodness, there the most heavenly aroma is flooding my kitchen right now. Easy baked gluten-free, vegan crunchy shortbread cookies are happening!
I was so thrilled when I developed this recipe. Not only is it de-e-e-elicious, it is also super easy to make. I love that healthy eating can be delectable too.
It’s hard to imagine that something this delectable contains only six ingredients – all available from good health food stores or (in some places) good supermarkets. We’re talking rice flour, tapioca flour, vanilla extract, maple syrup, ground flaxseed and coconut oil. That’s it!
These biscuits (as we would call them in England) are crunchy! They deliver the perfect snap as you take a bite. They remind me of shortbread too.
I used a rolling pin to roll these out today. However, if I didn’t have a rolling pin to hand (as sometimes happens if I am running a retreat and the kitchen isn’t fully stocked for my exciting baking endeavours) then there are other options. I might use a jar to roll out with. More often than not, I’ll just press the mixture out with my hands, as flat as I can get it (in which case we’ll enjoy gorgeously bumpy biscuits).
I’m staying with my mam at the moment – she was at work today and I couldn’t find the cookie cutters. So I improvised and cut them out with the top of a drinking glass. Worked perfectly. At other times I might not create them in round shapes at all, but might just cut them into squares or triangles with a knife. Where there’s a will, there is always a way. There’s just no stopping you!
I prefer to use my own blend of rice flour and tapioca flour for this (as you’ll find I do in a lot of my recipes). You can buy ready mixed purpose made gluten-free flour (although I can’t vouch for exactly what is in each ‘pre-made’ blend, the ratios or what the final outcome would be). If you only have a pre-mixed bag of general gluten-free flour available, then it would be worth trying that for sure.
Tapioca flour. The tapioca flour in this recipe can be a little confusing. You can use tapioca flour, tapioca starch or cassava flour. They’re very similar (and arguable the same thing). I use them interchangeably. Just use whatever you have available.
Ground flaxseed. I love adding a bit of ground flaxseed to this, for a little extra dose of healthy nutrients. We’re talking, pretty healthy shortbreads really.
- 100g brown rice flour
- 100g tapioca flour (or tapioca starch or cassava flour)
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- Extra sprinkle of rice flour to roll with
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