Crunchy, vanilla and cinnamon-scented biscotti made without eggs, dairy or grains! It’s my Vegan Chickpea Flour Biscotti. It is vegan, grain-free & gluten-free.
My First (Ever) Batch of Biscotti
It was a gusty, snow-slosh of a day; I trudged 45 minutes from my apartment to campus (the buses were down) to arrive 10 minutes late to the last day (and holiday party) of my favorite class: Sociological Research Methods. Tucked under my arm was a shoebox full of biscotti.
It was my first semester of graduate school, and I spent most of those first three months in a state of abject terror and anxiety, mostly from fears of failure, and coupled with a hefty dose of homesickness.
My research methods with professor Randy Hodson was my weekly reprieve. He turned what should have been a durge of a course into hours of interest, enlightenment and fun. It was no surprise that, of all my professors, he was the (only) one to insist on making the last class of the year a combination of review session and holiday party.
I decided to make something special. It had to be portable, affordable, and special. I made biscotti, my first-ever batch.
I arrived to class in a bizzardy blast and within minutes I felt warm and festive, in every way enlivened by by my fellow first year classmates, Dr. Hodson, a lively review of research ethics, and an assorted menu of chips, Oreos, bagels, donut holes, hot cocoa, and my apartment-made biscotti.
The biscotti was loved by all, especially Dr. Hodson; I’ve loved baking, sharing, and eating biscotti ever since.
Chickpea Flour Biscotti, My New Favorite
In order to share my love of biscotti with friends who cannot eat grains gluten, eggs or dairy, I turned to my favorite multi-purpose flour: chickpea flour.
Chickpea flour takes the place of both eggs and flour in this recipe, so there is not need for binders such as flax, chia, or xanthan gum. The results are truly delicious and everything biscotti should be! Just as appealing, the recipe is a cinch.
How to Make Chickpea Flour Biscotti
I strongly encourage the use of spices in the biscotti. Chickpea flour has a slight bitterness in sweet baked goods. It is very faint in these biscotti, even when left plain. But add some spices, and it is gone altogether. Consider spices such as ginger, cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, or the combination of your choice.
Shape the Dough into a Long Log
This next step may sound difficult on paper, but in reality, is quite simple.
Scoop the dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Scoop it in the general shape of a log. Next, with your fingers (wet fingers work best for this sticky dough), smoosh & smooth the dough into a prim, 14×2-inch rectangle.
The First Bake
Don’t get nervous about the “first” in this heading. This is going to be so much easier than you thought. All that you need is a bit of patience.
Slide the biscotti log into a preheated 300F (150C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes. The surface of the log should appear dry and the center, whle slight soft, should nonetheless feel set.
It is very important to bake at 300F, no higher. Sweet chickpea flour baked goods can quickly turn from underdone to burnt at higher temperatures. Low and slow is the key to success.
Now, patience: turn off the oven and let the biscotti log cool completely. Next, loosely cover it and chill it. You can even leave it in the refrigerator until the next day. This is key to perfect slices.
Slice the Chilled Biscotti
Once chilled, the log is ready for slicing! The chilling allows for thinner, sturdier (less likely to break or crumble), and more precise slices. It is 100% worth the wait!
First, preheat the oven to 275F.
For short biscotti, slice directly across the log. For longer slices (my preference), simply cut the log at a deep angle. Aim for slices that are about 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) thick.
The Second Bake
Place the slices flat, cut sides down, on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the biscotti remain in the oven for an hour longer (this dries out the biscotti).
Your biscotti are ready!
Do not be afraid to load these up with all kinds of goodies, such as chocolate chunks/chips, nuts, seeds, or chopped dried fruit. Or wait until the end for a drizzle of melted chocolate. Sigh.
May these biscotti mark the beginning of many more batches and fond memories. Happy baking!
More Delectable Biscotti Goodness:Print
- 1 and 1/2 cups (180 g) chickpea flour
- 1–1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup (85 g) coconut sugar (or natural cane sugar, or your choice)
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) virgin coconut oil (melted) or oil of choice
- 3 tablespoons (45 mL) water
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Optional: Add up to 1 cup of any (or a combination of any) of the following: chocolate chips or chunks, nuts, seeds, chopped dried fruit. Also consider using alternative spices or extracts, or citrus zests.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- To the mixture of flour, add the remaining ingredients. Stir until blended (dough will be sticky).
- Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet in a line (see photo). Using moistened fingers, shape the dough into a 14 by 2-inch rectangle.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden and the centers are set. Turn off oven and let cool completely on the pan. Loosely cover the log and chill until cold (up to 24 hours).
- Preheat oven to 275F. Cut each rectangle crosswise into 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) slices. Place the slices flat, cut sides down, on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the biscotti remain in the oven for an hour longer (this dries out the biscotti).
Storage: Store the completley cooled biscotti in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Category: Dessert, Cookies
- Serving Size: 1 biscotto
- Calories: 74
- Sugar: 4.5 g
- Sodium: 28 mg
- Fat: 4.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 8 g
- Fiber: 1.4 g
- Protein: 2.2 g
- Cholesterol: 9 mg