Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Coconut-Oat Cookies

No one is going to know these are healthy cookies. You can make these gluten free or use whole wheat pastry flour if gluten free isn't necessary. 

These cookies are soft and flavorful without eggs or butter. I found this recipe in The China Study Cookbook. The original cookies are called, Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. I made a few changes for my own personal needs. And I will be making them again and again!

If you count weight watcher points each of the larger size cookies are 3 points each, and each of the smaller size cookies are 2.4 points each. 

I made my husband a batch using whole wheat pastry flour and added nuts and raisins. He isn't gluten free.
And I made mine using a gluten free flour blend and added dried cherries, nuts and allergy friendly mini chocolate chips.


Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Coconut-Oat Cookies            Makes 17 large or 23 small cookies
1 banana.
1 cup dairy free milk substitute, I used soy milk.
1/2 sugar or a sugar cane alternative. I used beet sugar.
1 tsp vanilla.
1 tsp white vinegar.
1 cup gluten free rolled oats.
1 cup gluten free flour, any will do.  You can also purchase a ready-made baking blend or try one of these at this link,  Homemade Gluten Free Flour Blends.
1/2 tsp baking soda.
1/2 tsp baking powder.
1/2 unsweetened shredded coconut.
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, or any nut of choice.
1/2 - 1 cup dried fruit.
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet allergy friendly chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone liners, or a non-stick spray.
In a small bowl mash banana. Add dairy free milk substitute, sugar, vanilla, and white vinegar. Mix well.
In a larger mixing bowl add oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and coconut. Mix well.
Add banana mixture to flour mixture, stir to combine. Mix in nuts, fruit, and chocolate chips.
Drop heaping tablespoons or larger of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes.
Let cookies sit for a minute or two before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Freeze or store in a sealed container.


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