Friday, 9 June 2017

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies + Tiger Nuts




Disclaimer: I received free packages of tiger nuts and flour from Tiger Nuts USA.


Ever heard of Tiger nuts? You're not alone! Tiger Nuts USA tags them as 'a seriously healthy nutritious snack you may not have heard of'.

What are they?

Grown in Spain, tiger nuts are tubers (growing underground like potatoes, carrots and beets) that has widely been used to make a milky drink called horchata. But the popularity for its snacking capability and flour seems to be growing. It's nut free, gluten free, and allergic reactions have rarely been reported.
Tiger nuts contain unsaturated fat and protein, lots of potassium, are high in fibre and natural sugars. They also provide good amounts of manganese, thiamin, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and calcium!


Whole raw (unpeeled) Tiger nuts


How do they taste?

I shared a bag of the peeled tiger nuts with my family. Here's their reactions:
  • surprise that they were chewy and not crunchy (they look hard so we expected a crunch)
  • it's sweet!
  • it tastes sort of like chestnuts- or parsnips (the company describes it as a coconut flavour)
  • "it's so good"
  • "you can get seriously addicted to these"
  • They're so filling!
When trying the unpeeled ones, we found them even more enjoyable with an extra crunch and slightly decreased sweetness. I could definitely get into these!
    Looking online for a recipe with tiger nut flour, I found loads. BUT, they were either vegan or had ingredients that I don't have or use (or both). So I did what I do, and made my own recipe.

    I decided to do a chocolate chip cookie recipe to see what this flour really tastes and acts like. Gotta say, these cook's are good! Need proof? This recipe makes 15 medium sized cookies. The first batch was finished so quickly that I was forced at gun point to make another batch STAT.







    Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups Tiger Nut flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 Tbsp. oil
    • 1/8 cup white sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
    2. Cream together eggs, oil and sugars.
    3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, trying not to overmix.
    4. Fold in chocolate chips.
    5. The dough will be pretty wet, so you may want to use your hands to do this. Form into medium sized balls and flatten on cookie sheet.
    6. Bake for , remove from oven to cool. Yield: 15 medium cookies.


    Would you try Tiger Nuts? What would you try baking?

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