Bake for change & Gluten-free Coconut Lemon Cookies

Baking for social impact has taken three forms for all of us on Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community.

We bake healthy to distribute to children across slums , orphanages, government schools , temporary shelters or settlements, anganwadis.

We bake healthy to sell and raise funds, that go towards identified social causes.

We bake healthy to teach someone , usually women, who are rescued from dire conditions or are underprivileged, to make them financially independent.

On this past Friday we went down the second route – baking a diverse set of goodies to sell at CoWrks Bengaluru because we believe that the HIV affected children deserve an enjoyable and happy childhood too.

They deserve a chance to be at a summer camp and explore what it is to truly have fun without worrying about their health or what life holds in the future.

And with that thought in mind I had begun my baking for that bake sale. I carried an assortment of Gluten free cookies.

This is one of the variants – Jowar Coconut Lemon Biscuits.

No refined white flour or sugar. No baking powder or soda. No preservatives. No added colours.

Recipe –


1 1/2 cup jowar flour

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

3/4 cup coconut sugar

100 gms softened butter

1 lemon’s zest and juice


Cream the butter and coconut sugar together. Add the dessicated coconut. Mix well. Add the jowar flour and then the zest and juice. Mix well. Put it in the fridge for an hour or so. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes. Take the cookies out, shape them into flattened discs. Bake them at the same temperature until the edges are firm which is about 15-18 minutes.

Cool off well before packing in air tight container.

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