What I Made this Week: Pumpkin Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

by mary on October 31, 2012

three carved pumpkins on a porch

Halloween pumpkins

Can I squeak in under the wire with our Halloween pumpkins?  Mine’s on the left with gourd eyes, our exchange student contributed the Harry Potter in the middle (his first pumpkin-carving experience) and my husband carved the one on the right.

On the October pumpkin theme, I made a few batches of Pumpkin Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies from Purely Twins. While I made a few substitutions, basically it was still their recipe which you can find here. The cookies are gluten-free, whole grain (with a little starch) and use coconut sugar for the sweetener.

I’ve tried them both with the amaranth flour that Lori and Michelle call for and with a homemade mix of brown rice flour, white rice flour, and almond flour. I liked it both ways, though I’m still getting a little used to the flavor of the amaranth flour. I also used tapioca flour instead of arrowroot and did not use stevia. The twins are accomplished, creative bakers with lots of vegan, gluten-free recipes. and their blog is well worth a visit.

Lori and Michelle’s recipe prompted me to buy and use two ingredients I had never tried: chia seeds and amaranth flour. Trader Joe’s now carries chia seeds for a lower price than some. I bought Bob’s Red Mill amaranth flour at my food co-op, but you can also get it on Amazon. Happy fall baking!

pumpkin chis chocolate chip cookies shown on a plate beside a glass of milk

pumpkin chia chocolate chip cookies

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purelytwins November 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

thank you so much for the sweet words and mention!! your cookies look great! enjoy!
it took us some time to like amaranth flour for gf baking but over time we learned to love it, hope you do too!

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mary November 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

They disappeared quickly, I know I will make them again soon. As far as the amaranth flour, I still have most of the rest of bag, so I will definitely be trying it in other baked goods.

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The Texas Peach November 6, 2012 at 3:18 am

These sound delicious, Mary! I’ve never tried chia seeds before. They are usually very expensive at most stores, so I will definitely have to see about getting some at TJ’s the next time I’m in there.
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Kiran November 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

LOVE the use of chia in this recipe. YUM!
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Kiersten November 7, 2012 at 12:56 am

Your pumpkins are pretty impressive! I was never very good at pumpkin carving, so we just put them outside uncarved. So boring, right? :) These cookies look like the perfect Halloween treat!
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Millie November 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I just saw your pumpkins. They are very creative.

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mary November 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Thanks, Mom! We had fun making them.
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Richard Thompson February 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Ever since my dad had to go gluten and dairy free for health reasons it’s been really hard to find good-tasting recipes for him. What other uses are there for the amaranth flour? I had also never heard of the twins’ blog, so I’ll have to check it out for the vegan recipes! Thanks for sharing :)

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mary February 4, 2014 at 3:33 am

Hi Richard. I have to admit that I haven’t used the amaranth flour in any other recipes yet besides this one. It has a distinctive flavor, it’s not the first thing I’d try for someone new to gluten-free.

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