Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gluten Free Coconut, Oat & Nut - Hemp Cookies




A fun new twist on a cookie.  Why not add a "superfood" to your cookie…like hemp seeds. These little seeds, also known as hemp hearts, are super nutritious. They are a great source of iron, vitamin E, and gamma-linolenic acid. They have a slight nutty flavor and are a good source of plant protein.

I sprinkle some on my cereal in the morning along with some chia seeds, and on my salad at dinner.  Add them to your hot or cold cereal. Toss some in your muffins, breads, cookies and smoothies too.

For best quality store your hemp seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.  We go through them fairly quickly and keep them in an airtight container in the cupboard away from heat.

Here is a recipe I would like to share using hemp seeds. They are not a soft, chewy cookie…but instead a crunchier cookie. They are sweet and tasty and perfect for ice cream or dairy free ice cream sandwiches. I find freezing them before adding the ice cream product works best.

Gluten Free Coconut, Oat & Nut - Hemp Cookies        Makes 21 Cookies
1/3 cup butter, or any dairy free option.
3/4 cup sugar, I use beet sugar. Coconut sugar is another option.
1 egg, or egg replacer equal to one egg.
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup gluten free flour of your choice. I suggest  purchasing a gluten free pre-made mix, or use one of your own favorite gluten free flour mixes. See my suggestions on the link that follows,  Gluten Free Flour Combinations For Baking.
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
3 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Using a non-stick spray is ok too.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter or butter substitute and sugar. Add vanilla and egg or egg substitute. Mix well.

In a small bowl stir together flour, oats, hemp seeds, baking soda, xanthan gum, nuts, and coconut.  Add this to butter and sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.

Form dough into about 1 inch balls and bake for 12 minutes. Cookies will flatten. Let sit a couple minutes after removing cookies from the oven. Then cool cookies completely on wire racks.

Weight watcher points plus followers count 3 points for each cookie.


Enjoy!

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