Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
These gluten-free Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies use 100% buckwheat flour, for a nutritional blast of earthy goodness that is over-the-top when paired with dark chocolate and a touch of flaky sea salt.
Thyroid Thrivers, I've been keeping these from you. These Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies are SO good, but I have to confess that they’ve been hiding in my personal recipe binder for years. I’ve made them several times for my family but I’ve been hesitant to share them. Not because I want you to miss out, obviously, but because at Hypothyroid Chef I try NOT to post recipes that contain dairy or refined sugar, and this recipe uses real butter and brown sugar.
My stance on thyroid-friendly eating is that it’s ultimately a personal (bio-individual) issue; therefore, I provide thyroid-healthy options to suit YOUR needs! Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, soy-free, Paleo, AIP…I always tag each recipe with the dietary compliance so that you can easily find the recipes that work for you. This one is indeed gluten-free, but that's about it.
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Here’s why I decided to break the rules and post these:
- Because it’s hard to find gluten-free baked goods that the whole family enjoys, and my family begs me to make these.
- Because I know plenty of you out there eat dairy and don’t have a problem with real butter.
- Because so many people are allergic to tree nuts, including my son, which makes most nut-flour-based Paleo cookie recipes a no-go.
- Because buckwheat is an incredibly nutrient-dense ingredient, and it’s the primary ingredient in these cookies.
The final deciding factor and the nudge that made me finally share this recipe is that I recently came across a survey I sent out a while back, where I learned that the majority of you are currently on a gluten-free diet, not dairy-free or Paleo. If that's the case for you, then this delicious gluten-free cookie recipe is right up your alley.
If real butter or brown sugar are a no-go for you, no worries. I support you! And I have plenty of other dairy-free treats in my free recipe library that you're welcome to browse.
If you can't eat them, I hope you'll forgive me. And if you can, I hope you love them as much as my family does.
What is Buckwheat?
Buckwheat is not a grain, but rather the seed of a plant related to rhubarb. Buckwheat also boasts some unique nutritional factors, including resistant fiber, bioflavonoids, tannins, and bound antioxidants.
Buckwheat is seriously AMAZING. I love it for its flavor, its nutrition profile, and the fact that it’s not a grain.
You can use buckwheat in flour form, or find it in buckwheat soba noodles. It’s also delicious in whole form as a savory side dish, like Kasha or Buckwheat Groats. It’s also a featured ingredient in one these Sesame Carrots with Kasha (which is toasted buckwheat).
Most buckwheat recipes out there for things like cookies, pancakes, or waffles contain primarily all-purpose wheat flour with just a touch of buckwheat flour. This recipe is different, in that it uses only buckwheat flour, for a nutritional blast of earthy goodness that is over-the-top when paired with dark chocolate and a touch of flaky sea salt.
Ok, one more caveat. This is not my recipe.
Years ago, I picked up a free recipe card at my local grocer after tasting a freshly-baked sample of these cookies and having my socks blown off. There was no author listed, but wanting to give recipe credit where credit was due, I donned my detective hat and searched online…to no avail.
Next, I decided to go straight to the source and called The Good Food Store. Although customer service, the marketing department, and the bakery all tried to help me crack the case, we could not pinpoint a recipe author. They were able to confirm, however, that it was adapted from another recipe by someone in their bakery back in 2016.
So, if you are the creator of these cookies, thank you! And please send me an email at [email protected] so I can credit you with this delectable and cherished cookie recipe.
- Buckwheat flour is gluten-free and very high in many nutrients, including magnesium. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, which can relieve constipation and support gut health. For more information on the unique nutritional properties of buckwheat, and how it can be part of your thyroid-friendly diet, I recommend this article from Dr. Alan Christianson.
- High-quality dark chocolate is loaded with health benefits including antioxidants, minerals, polyphenols, and flavonoids. It has been shown to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol) while also preventing it from damaging tissues.
- Sea salt is a natural source of iodine as well as numerous other bioavailable trace minerals.