At the grocery store today, I took my cloth bags, like I’ve been doing for a while— since before it became that popular, and the cashier put everything into plastic bags and the all into the big cloth one… I think she thought I brought it just to make my life easier with the two kids (which actually, cloth bags do make it a lot easier to empty the grocery bags out of the car, that was the first thing I noticed when I started doing it… three cloth bags or 18 plastic?). She was very nice though, so I think she just simply didn’t realize why I use cloth so I didn’t say anything. I’ve had some cashiers use the cloth and be rude about it… I prefered this lady!
Okay now that that is out of my system, let’s talk cookies!
Payman made me raw cookies as a treat. They are actually rolled into little balls but I experimented and made some myself… I couldn’t keep my hands off them and they went pretty quickly… and made some flat, like you’d think of a cookie. The ball shape works well though.
Anyway, he put about a cup of almonds into a food processor and let them get pretty small, but not like almond meal. Then he threw in about 9 dates, so about equal parts, and some raisins. Any nut and dried fruit combo will work. Then he put about a tablespoon of almond butter, again, any nut butter would work and a tablespoon of honey. You could put agave or maple sugar or something to make it truly vegan, even sugar, but I think the stickiness of the other sweeteners help them stay together.
When the whole thing makes a big clump in the food processor, its time to shape them! He rolled mine in little chocolate chips, but they were great either way. I’ve had something similar and they were rolled in coconut shavings.
These little things completely fulfilled my oatmeal cookie and sweet cravings. Love, love, love!
Then I wanted to try another recipe I’d heard of from another gluten-free mom. These are cooked. We were interested, almost skeptical, about how they’d turn out, but it turns out, you really don’t need flour or eggs. We are really learning to unlearn what you think you have to have to bake.
The original recipe called for peanut butter and egg, I used almond butter because we had it (but want to try peanut butter) and apple sauce since we can’t eat eggs. I also halfed the sugar and they were plenty sweet enough.
1 cup almond butter, blend with big scoop applesauce for egg, 1/2 cup honey, teaspoon baking powder. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 for a few minutes…
they came out awesome too. Soft and moist… who even needs flour? Not us!