Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spicey Nutty Oat Cookies gluten free dairy free

Valentine's Day is tomorrow so I am just in the nick of time for making this healthier sweet option. Instead of grabbing some chocolate covered sugar treat, I am going to sit with a cup of tea and enjoy this equally satisfying spicey, nutty little cookie.
I started with the Spicy Oatmeal Cookie recipe from the book, Sweetness Without Sugar by Wendy Vigdor-Hess RD. If you follow the original recipe, yours will look more like the image on the right. I did so much modification to use ingredients I had on hand (and to avoid a trip to the store in this snow) that I will post my version below. Before I do, however, I highly recommend Wendy's book for anyone who is looking to delve into the options of sweets without sugars. You'll find a wealth of wonderful information on the subject as well as many recipes full of delights and super food boosters. To view images, sample pages, and more from Sweetness Without Sugar, click here.
Ok, now onto the modified version of this yummy cookie.

  • 1 C nut butter of choice (I had unsweetened peanut on hand)
  • 1 C ground pecans
  • 1 C gluten free quick oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 1/4 C honey 
  • 1/2 tsp stevia liquid
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Combine ingredients with hand mixer and scoop onto stoneware cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. This turned out very satisfying, and I think it could even be good with less sweetener and the dried fruit mentioned in the original recipe (again, using what I had on hand). Enjoy!

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