Besan Biscuit/ Sugar Free Biscuit

Sugar free besan or chickpea/garbanzo flour biscuit. A delicious, crisp and easy to make biscuit with date powder, pistachio and almond. You don’t need sugar or jaggery to make these biscuits. Little rice flour will make your biscuits perfectly crispy. So here is a healthy and delicious biscuit for your munching time or to serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Already shared many different types of cookies on this blog. Click here for the recipes.

You may also like to try Cardamom nankhatai from me fellow blogger Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Earlier shared besan nankhatai here. But taste of this besan biscuit is totally different. I didn’t use sugar in these biscuits. Date powder will give enough sweetness.

Dates have a low GI, which means they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, making them a safe choice for people with diabetes. Dates boast an impressive nutritional profile and natural sweetness. Because they’re a natural source of fructose, they might be a concern for people with diabetes. However, because they have a low GI and medium GL, they’re safe for those with diabetes in moderation — which translates to no more than 1 to 2 dates at a time. Source

Recipe is very simple. Just add everything to make a smooth dough. I have used shredded almond and pistachios but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also use tutti frutti in the dough if you want.

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Recipe

Besan or chickpea flour/garbanzo flour – 1 cup

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Dry date powder – little less than 1/2 cup

Butter or ghee/clarified butter – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Shredded pistachios – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Method

1. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper. Preheat the microwave oven at 170°. Use convection or hot blast function. And for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix besan or chickpea flour, rice flour, milk powder, baking powder, cardamom powder and shredded almond. Mix well and keep aside.

3. In a large bowl whisk date powder, ghee or clarified butter and milk.

4. Add all the dry ingredients and mix. Make a smooth dough. Don’t knead much. Add little more milk and 1-2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter if require to make dough. I had to add little milk and 1 tablespoon ghee more to make smooth dough. Add milk slowly as required.

5. Make small balls and press gently with your palm. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking tray.

6. Place little shredded pistachios in the middle of the cookies. Press gently with your finger tips. Arrange all the cookies like this.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 8-10 minutes or till edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time. So keep an eye after 8 minutes. Don’t make too brown.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely. Enjoy delicious sugar free cookies immediately or store in airtight container for later use.

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Blackberry Preserve Stuffed Gluten Free Cherry Cupcake

Blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free eggless cherry cupcake with buckwheat flour, cornmeal, soyabean flour and almond.
Soft moist and superbly delicious cupcakes. If you want you can also make single cake with this recipe.

I love to try different flour in my bakes. Soyabean flour is a super hit. Soya flour makes the cake super soft. This time used buckwheat flour or kuttu ka atta. Usually used in fasting foods.

The antioxidant and fiber content of this food lends itself to a number of significant health benefits. Here is an overview of the top 6 nutritional benefits of this pseudocereal.
1. Improved Heart Health.
2. Reduced Blood Sugar.
3. Gluten Free and Non-Allergenic.
4. Rich in Dietary Fiber.
5. Protects Against Cancer.
6. Source of Vegetarian Protein.
To read more about buckwheat flour click here.

Recently saw a post of a very talented chef Surjendra Krishna Chakrabarti. Surjendra served Bacon Muffins with Blueberry Sauce. I loved the idea but I stuffed the cupcakes with blackberry preserve. I have some blackberry preserve in my pantry so used it. Thanks chef for the idea. And thanks to Bhuira Jam for sending me this delicious blackberry preserve. Already used it in my Dundee cake.

This blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free cupcakes are a super hit among my family and friends.
You may like some more stuffed bake on this blog.

Eggless rasgulla cupcakes

Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

Our this week’s 190 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Mini cake suggested by Preethi Prasad who blog at Preethi cuisine.
Do visit her space for delicious recipes she shared.

I have used three gluten free flours and almond in these cupcakes. Cornmeal, buckwheat flour and Soyabean flour. If you don’t have any of these flour then you can substitute them with any other flour like oatmeal, almond flour or any other gluten free flour. Or you can also use whole wheat flour or refined flour. But try to use little Soyabean flour in your cake. Soyabean flour will make your cake super soft and moist.

Recipe

Buckwheat flour – 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 1/3 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup

Cherry – 1/2 cup, pitted and quartered

Cherry juice or syrup – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Glazed or candied Cherry for topping – 6

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease the cupcake moulds or line with cupcake liner.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon cornmeal in the quartered cherries.

4. Grind the almonds into fine powder.

5. Mix Vinegar with room temperature or slightly warm milk and keep aside.

6. Sift the buckwheat flour first.

7. Then sift again with Soyabean flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda.

8. In a large bowl whisk oil, powdered sugar and cherry juice or syrup. I have used canned cherry so used the syrup but if you are using fresh cherry use cherry juice.

9. Add vanilla essence and whisk well.

10. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually. First add half of the flours, and mix then add remaining half, ground almonds and mix well. Don’t overdo. Just make a lump free smooth batter.

11. Fold in the cherry pieces.

12. Pour the batter into the cupcake moulds.Fill 1/4 of the moulds.

13. Place 1 teaspoon blackberry preserve in the middle. If you don’t have blackberry preserve then you can use any fruit jam of your choice.

14. Pour the batter again over blackberry preserve. Fill the moulds 3/4.

15. Tap the moulds gently on your kitchen counter.

16. Place half candied or glazed cherry in the middle of every cupcakes.

17. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 15 – 20 minutes.

18. Check with a toothpick. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a cupcake. Toothpick should comes out clean. If not bake for few minutes more.

19. Let the cupcakes cool down before serving.
Enjoy the soft, moist, delicious and blackberry preserve or jam filled cupcakes.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of these gluten free flour.

2. You can use any fruit jam instead of blackberry preserve.

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