Gluten Free Shortbread- vegan, suitable for Ekadasi, soya free, can be nut free

Crumbly and light gluten free "shortbread"
 Isn't it fascinating how recipes evolve? The same recipe, with a couple of small tweaks, can turn into something quite different in the hands of another cook, or even the same cook at a different time. Let me explain: these shortbreads were made by me, but my husband had the idea and suggested the proportions of the ingredients. The original concept was a kind of flapjack, which he has made this way before, but the crunchiness of the freshly-ground buckwheat (maybe I ground it to a different texture) and the buttery, rich coconut oil (we had used sunflower and olive oils previously) turned out to be much more like shortbread when I had a go at making them. Yet they are made the same way as a flapjack. Fascinating. And yummy.

This recipe makes 16 rectangular pieces, using a standard rectangular baking tray:
500g unroasted whole buckwheat grains (or use buckwheat flour but the texture will be different)
200g gour/ rapadura (evaporated cane juice with the goodness left in)
180ml coconut oil
50ml water
a handful each of: desiccated coconut, sultanas, cashew pieces (optional, or choose your own flavours, like chocolate chip or apricot, depending on what your dietary requirements are).

  • Grind the buckwheat (we use an electric spice/ seed grinder and process a little at a time) to the texture of fine oatmeal.
  • Melt the gour and oil with the water over a gentle heat, mixing well. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent the gour sticking.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the buckwheat together with whatever other ingredients you are adding.
  • Bake in the centre of an oven preheated to 175-180C for about 20 minutes, taking care not to over- brown the top, and cut into rectangles while still warm.


  1. Oo! Sounds yum! Been looking for an alternative to my oats/sultanas/oil/coconut flapjack for a while. Not that it's not yummy, but I'm finding I'm eating a lot of oats (snacks and breakfast most days) and it's never good to eat anything that often. I also noticed that they sell gour in my local Indian mini mart the other day, along with very reasonable coconut oil.
    May I ask, what make and model is your spice/seed grinder?

    1. Yeah, I get fed up with oats too at times! It is easy to eat them I get coconut oil from my local Asian shop. KTC brand, which although not organic is actually unrefined and a fraction of the price of wholefood shop brands. Our grinder is Cuisinart, which I wrote about here. couldn't live without it now!

  2. Looks lovely - apricot would be nice :)


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