Buckwheat Pecan Thumbprint Cookies (vegan + gluten-free)

Ali Segersten Apr 25, 2012 20 comments
Buckwheat Pecan Thumbprint Cookies (vegan + gluten-free)

Try making these healthy, vegan, gluten-free cookies on a rainy afternoon with your children. They will surely brighten your day! Recipes made with freshly ground buckwheat flour (from raw groats) do not require the addition of xanthan gum in order to hold together without crumbling. Buckwheat is a grain that is quite often cross contaminated with gluten grains so be sure to purchase your groats from a certified gluten-free mill, such as Bob's Red Mill.

I use the dry container of my Vitamix to make homemade buckwheat flour. It quickly grinds up into a soft, non-gritty flour. You can use a coffee grinder too if you don't own a high-powered blender. Store the flour in a glass jar in your pantry for up to 3 months, or freeze it for longer storage.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Can I substitute buckwheat farinneta for buckwheat in this recipe ?

I am so pleased to have discovered your wonderful blog!

We are a family with many food allergies (and currently on a grain-free "diet"), so resources like yours are a life saver!

Looking forward to making these cookies with my little people this rainy afternoon. :)

Another great recipe. I'll try at home. I know this will be again one of my kids favorite dishes.

I made these cookies and they were gobbled up immediately! Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe. :)

These look absolutely sinful! Just what I need! ;)

These are amazing. I have made 3 batches in less than a week--everyone loves them. They've made me hugely popular amongst my friends!

Yummy; these look amazing. Thumbprints are always favorites at events!

These look delicious! I'll have to try them. :) I've not found a lot of good uses for buckwheat yet.

I didn't need to add water. Eve, maybe your applesauce is drier?

I'll definitely make these again, but I'll follow my instinct to make much smaller cookies. The buckwheat/pecan combination makes for heavy cookies, and I want to eat them by the handful, not just one at a time!

I made these cookies a couple of days ago...I had my doubts, but they were moist and delicicous.
The kids LOVED them, and I loved the fact that they were healthy!
I didnt mind giving them to the kids as a weeknight treat!
Thanks for the wonderful recipe and for sharing!

I've made these twice, and while tasty, I've had to add a little water bc it won't mix all the flour in. Is there something missing??

Yummy though!

These look delicious. I find it difficult to find buckwheat. Do you by it online?

for the flax, is it 2 Tbsp of ground flax, or 2 Tbsp whole flax that's then ground?

I make a very similar recipe except with raw almonds and oats - they look identical. Looking forward to trying it with your ingredients :)

This looks great, Ali! I don't do well with buckwheat, do you think that brown rice or sorghum flour would work? Love your jam recipe! I still have strawberry jam leftover from last year so that's what I'll use. ~Bea

These look wonderful! I'll be making a few substitutes but ...yum!

These look so yummy! And I love the hint of blue and purple in the jam. Delish! Thanks again as always!

These look delicious~
love thumbprint cookies.
I'll be trying these!
Happy Day!

Thanks for another great recipe! It is gray, rainy and in the 40's here today - so I see these cookies and hot tea as our afternoon snack!

These look delish!!!! And I love the picture of your son filling the thumbprints - so adorable. I, too, make my own buckwheat flour using buckwheat groats and my Vitamix dry jar blender. It's actually very liberating to learn that you can grind your own grains!

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