July 7, 2020

2020.07.07

Substitution Kitchen:

Nice Cream Sandwiches

Modified from: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chocolate-ice-cream-cookie-sandwiches and mixed with black bean brownie recipe.

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1.5 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2.5 cups oat flour

1/8 tsp xantham gum

1 cup avocado

1/4 cup erythritol

5 prunes

2 tbs flax

2tsp vanilla

There are a lot of modifications here. First, oat flour instead of all-purpose. Oats have no natural gluten, which means that this cookie will not rise and hold up like a gluten-containing bread. However, since this is to be a fairly flat cookie, I think it will probably be fine. I added some xanthan gum as a binding agent to replace gluten.

I replaced butter with avocado, because I had a bunch frozen and I need to use it. A soft cookie or cake relies on fat to cut gluten strands, which is why a fat-free baked good can be tough to chew. Since there's no gluten (due to oat flour), less fat may not result in a tough cookie.

Granulated sugar also helps lower the protein content and cut gluten. It also provides flavor and browning. Erythritol will provide around an equal amount of sweetness. The prunes provide additional sweetness and moisture. Together with the flax, they should provide some body to the recipe.

Honestly, I have no idea if this will work. It's kind of a lot of substitutions, and some of them are very shaky.

This recipe creams the sugar and "butter" together first, then eggs, then the dry ingredients. This method basically wants you to distribute the fat and sugar in a very fine crumb, again to cut gluten and make it soft. I decided to follow it anyways.

The dough is then chilled for two hours, for the fats to solidify slightly and make it cohere when rolling out. Dough is rolled out, cut into rectangles, and baked. Chilling also makes the dough retain its shape in baking. The rectangles should be about 1/8" thick.

I baked at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

I ended up not assembling or baking half and made little balls instead. They're really good.

I made these in the morning, did the RR, had lunch, went for a walk. Emailed my PCP, finished reading some documents for work, analyzed a bit of data but ultimately didn't get a lot done as I was worrying over some other stuff.

Written by lays_chips

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