Food Chronicles: Gluten Free Cookies

I have this manager at work that predominately eats gluten free and I haven’t been able to find any easy gluten free recipes yet to try for her. It’s not supposed to be tough, baking gluten free I hear but every recipe I’ve found thus far has all these crazy ingredients I’ve never heard of… and have no clue where to buy. Till now!

This cookie recipe sounds sweet and simple, even though flax seed isn’t common in my kitchen still. I think finding almond flour and flax seed would still be easy.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

by 100 Days of Gluten Free Recipes

 

Photo courtesy 100 Days of Gluten Free Recipes

Photo courtesy 100 Days of Gluten Free Recipes

The Ingredients (see note below):

  • 1 cup GF old fashioned oats (the quick cooking kind would probably work too)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup each semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil (olive or coconut oil will work well too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

The Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. In medium bowl mix together oats, almond flour, flax seed, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, salt, and baking powder (as stated above I think the baking powder is unnecessary but I can’t be sure so I include it here)
  3.  In small bowl whisk together mashed bananas, grapeseed oil, and vanilla.
  4. Stir banana mixture into oat mixture.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.  I scooped some of the “dough” onto a spoon, sort of squished it together and rounded it out a bit with my fingers, then slid it off the spoon onto the cookie sheet.  These won’t spread or really change much while baking.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes.  These seemed to brown first on the bottom so be careful not to burn them!  20  minutes was just the teeniest bit too long for mine so I cut it down to 18 minutes for the 2nd batch and that seemed to be perfect.  You’ll see the oats beginning to turn very slightly brown on top when they’re ready.
  7. Attempt to cool these at least a few minutes on a wire rack before consuming all of them.

Note:  This recipe made 13 cookies so you may want to consider doubling it.

Variations:  I see no reason these couldn’t be made totally healthy by subbing out the chocolate & peanut butter chips with raisins and maybe adding a little cinnamon to the dry ingredients.

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