The name for this recipe was actually a little bit complicated to come up with! But to put it simply, they’re cookies. The cookies are made without dairy and without gluten. The cookies include chocolate chips and the main ingredients are pistachios and walnuts grounded to almost a paste texture. Yes, I know it sounds complicated but in reality, it's just 5 ingredients for a simple cookie recipe.
The ground nuts in this quick and easy recipe replace the need for flour and butter. That's what makes the cookies gluten free and dairy free. The other ingredients in the recipe are light brown sugar, baking soda, an egg and the chocolate chips. The chocolate chips I used are dark chocolate chips that are dairy free too. I felt like there must be some chocolate in these cookies to balance the fact that it's a gluten and dairy free recipe. In general, chocolate chips are optional and you can omit it if for some reason you don’t like chocolate - who are you?! LOL!
The sugar I used is a light brown sugar, if you don’t have any, regular sugar works too.
As mentioned, I used pistachios and walnuts. Any nut you prefer would work in this recipe, such as almonds, pecans, hazel nuts, peanuts, etc. You can also mix more than 2 types of nuts, just ensure that you have a quantity of 2 cups of the whole nuts before you grind it.
To grind the pistachios and walnuts, I used my blender. Each blender works a bit different and it might take a few minutes to fully grind the nuts. You will probably need to stop the blender and scrape the sides of the bowl to grind all of the nuts evenly. The texture we need is of a sticky paste or as close to it that your blender can create. Try to take a bit of the batter in your hand and see if it holds its shape and stays "glued". If it crumbles and falls apart, continue blending. The point is to release the natural oils within the nuts.
The cookies grow a bit while baking so don’t place them too close to each other on the baking pan. Baking time is very quick like in all of my cookie recipes. Just 8-10 minutes of baking and you can munch a yummy cookie. Yay!
The cookies are chewy and delicious and with the chocolate chips, it can't get any better than that.
Since this recipe is gluten free and flourless, it’s perfect for Passover too. I find that you don’t need to be gluten intolerant or on a gluten free diet to like these cookies, they just taste so good everyone loves them!
Recipe yields approximately 15 cookies depends on the size you make them.
Here is the recipe for this yummy gluten free, dairy free chocolate chip cookies:
Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup pistachios
- 1 cup walnuts halves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Set the oven to 170°C / 350°F with the fan.
- Place the pistachios and walnuts in a blender and blend to grind the nuts to a paste texture or as close to it as your blender can get.
- In a mixing bowl, place the ground nuts.
- Add the sugar, baking soda, and egg.
- Mix well.
- Add the chocolate chips if using.
- Mix well.
- With your hands, create small balls of the batter.
- Place the balls on a baking pan lined with baking paper in intervals. The cookies grow a bit while baking so they need space from each other.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Cool the cookies at room temperature.
- Have a cookie and enjoy!