Breakfast, Cookies

Grain-Free Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies

 

Flourless Thumbprint Cookies Vegan Gluten Free

These cookies are a great healthy alternative to sugar cookies! High in protein!

Have you ever had a craving for cookies but didn’t have any flour? That was my dilemma earlier today as I didn’t have much flour but just had to have cookies. Then I remembered I could make cookies from Almond Butter!

In my opinion, almond butter is infinitely better than peanut butter. It’s not just a taste thing for me (I despise the taste of PB), almond butter is much healthier than it’s more popular nut butter competitor (one reason is because peanuts are an inflammatory food). Almond butter is delicious and nutritious, with all it’s protein, calcium, and healthy fat. I just couldn’t pass up giving some almond butter cookies a chance.

To give them even MORE healthy goodness I added some lovely chia seeds for essential amino acids (necessary for optimal brain function,). In the thumb holes, or craters as I like to call them, I used organic strawberry preserves, and my homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Feel free to fill the thumb holes with eat ever you like!

These cookies are so light and delicious, and they simply melt in your mouth.


Grain Free Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Refined-Sugar Free, Soy-Free

Ingredients:

1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp filtered water
1 cup almond butter, preferably creamy
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegan cane sugar
1/4 coconut sugar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.  Make “chia egg” by adding together chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water, do not stir, sit aside for 5 mins to gel. Mix all your ingredients together in a large bowl until blended well. Spoon your cookie dough onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes (and no longer or they will burn). Once baking pan is out of oven, take a small utensil (I used a miniature fork, but a mini spoon would have be more ideal) and make small “thumbprints” or “craters” into your cookies that look like thumbprints. Let cookies cool, then fill with whatever you please, jelly, chocolate, frosting, caramel, the options are endless. Enjoy!


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Breakfast, Cookies, Grain Free

Granola Raisin Cookies and A little on Sweeteners: Which Ones Are Healthy and Which Are Not (you’ll be surprised)

 

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These granola raisin cookies are my absolute favorite homemade cookie recipe, and I am proud to say I made these babies from scratch…from my own imagination. Ooh, and let me tell you, these babies are so delicious, I can’t believe I came up with them on a whim! I was laying in bed not sleeping (thanks painsomnia!), but instead thinking of sweet treats and I had a wonderful idea to “spice” up the Vanilla Granola that had been sitting in my cupboard getting bored. I had this heaven inspired idea to make a breakfast cookie out of them and mmmm I’m so glad I did, because these are delectable! Even my mother who doesn’t like too many sweets approved and loved them. With they’re light texture they almost melt in your mouth.

The first time I made these cookies I used agave, but a nutritionist later gave a lecture on sweeteners and I was surprised to learn how bad agave really is. Most agave has a higher fructose content than any commercial sweetener — ranging from 55 to 97 percent, depending on the brand, which is FAR HIGHER than high fructose corn syrup, which averages 55 percent, “This Sweetener Is Far Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup”. So agave is in fact not a health food but is high glycemic. In other words agave raises your blood sugar levels waay to high within minutes of consumption. I was curious and asked my doc if this was true and she confirmed it was. Now I use coconut nectar or brown rice syrup, which is a far much healthier, lower glysemic alternative than agave and doesn’t overload the cookies with sweetness. Maple syrup is even better than agave, and has a high magnesium content, which is great for muscle and nerve health, amongst many things. Ultimately, stevia is the healthiest doctor approved sweetener out there. Stevia has been praised for many reasons, one being it actually lowers blood sugar levels instead of spikes them. Stevia is also calorie free. If you’re not vegan, feel free to opt for honey, but remember the bees!

Since I love sugar too much I like to add frosting to these cookies when having them as a dessert (vs having them for breakfast) to make them sweeter.


Granola Raisin Cookies

Vegan | Gluten-Free |Nut-Free | Soy-Free

Ingredients for 24 Cookies:

2 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegan gluten free vanilla granola OR vegan gluten free plaingranola + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or sub gluten free rolled oats)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp gluten free baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil (or vegan butter)
1/2 cup coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all ingredients into large bowl, stirring the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix until thick and spoon up the dough, place on to baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy!