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Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies (Grain Free)

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Walnut Grain Free Cookies

I am super pumped about this cookie, because it is the real deal, and it uses Banana Flour!

It does not taste like bananas. It tastes like a legit white flour cookie, but it is a grain free, Paleo, maple sugar sweetened, gluten and dairy free cookie! It even spreads in the oven without having to press it with your palm! If you are not a recipe developer, this might not be significant to you, but trust me, it’s awesome!!!

We have had a lot of batches of this cookie version around, as I’ve been testing it repeatedly and tweaking the ingredients. This is the one!

Gluten and Grain Free Banana Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond flour, coconut flour and other grain free flours are great for baking as well. But if you know me well enough, you know that my passion is writing recipes for food intolerances and those who want to eat healthier. Banana Flour isn’t something I have worked with before until now.

Grain Free Banana Flour Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie has dark chocolate chips, dried fruit sweetened cranberries and brain benefiting walnuts in it. For a nut free cookie, just omit the walnuts and increase the chocolate chips and cranberries equally. There is olive oil in the recipe as well….a very Italian and healthy baking ingredient! It is good in cookies! I did a 50/50 split between it and organic shortening. Shortening gives it the mouth feel you crave and helps with spreading and browning evenly.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies Healthier Bakiing

This is the banana flour I have been using to test and make these cookies. It is GMO Free Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo and contains only 100% bananas.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies Healthier Bakiing

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies (Grain Free)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Ingredients:

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Organic Shortening (I use Spectrum)

6 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Sugar

1/2 Cup of Banana Flour

1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/3 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life)

1/3 Cup of Dried Fruit Sweetened Cranberries

1/3 Cup of Walnuts (chopped)

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat together the olive oil, shortening and maple sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat for one minute. Sift together the banana flour, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir it with a spatula into the wet mix until it is starting to incorporate. Then, beat it with an electric hand held mixer until incorporated and creamy. If you don’t stir it in with a spatula first, the banana flour is very light and will fly everywhere.

Fold in the chocolate chips, cranberries and walnuts with a spatula.

Banana Flour Cookie Dough

Scoop the dough into tablespoon mounds on two parchment lined cookie sheets. You should have 14 cookies.

Oven Ready Banana Flour Cookies

Bake in your preheated oven for 11 minutes, rotating the sheets half way through the baking (top to bottom and turning side to side). Cool for five minutes on the sheet, then remove to a wire rack to completely cool.

Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Grain Free Cookies, Dairy Free, Paleo, Gluten Free

 

 

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Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

 

These little Energy Balls are a great way to bust a craving, with benefits! The raw cacao busts an intense chocolate craving, which can actually be your body’s way of telling you it is deficient in magnesium. Raw Cacao is rich in it! The almond butter contains protein and healthy fat, walnuts contain brain boosting Omega 3’s, tart cherries are anti-inflammatory, the honey is a natural form of sweetness, and the sea salt gives our bodies trace minerals it needs. Just one of these a day can really help reduce cravings for sweets, or why not replace these with other sweets you might reach for that don’t contain clean, health promoting, ingredients? Here’s the easy recipe! They are delicious to serve at a holiday party as a truffle.

 

Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Almond Butter, no added sugar  (I Used Artisana Brand)

1/3 Cup Raw Cacao Powder

1/3 Cup Dried Tart Cherries with no Added Sugar

1/4 Cup Raw Honey

1/8 Teaspoon Almond Extract

1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt

3/4 Cup Raw Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped

 

Directions: In a food processor, or vigorously with a fork in a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the chopped walnuts. Form the mixture into 34 balls, and roll in chopped walnuts. Refrigerate in a sealed container, or if you like them firmer you can freeze them.

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

The crunch of walnut pieces and the flavor of dill and chives makes this a perfect cracker for snacking. I especially like dill in summer, and it is so good in these crackers! It reminds me of working in the garden as a child and smelling the fresh dill on the breeze and feeling the warm sun on my body. These crackers are a fantastic addition to an appetizer spread, and I also like to mound a bunch of dinner leftovers on them for a quick snack. Who doesn’t love a quick, healthy snack? Prepared in advance, these will keep in the freezer for a month.

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

Ingredients:

1 Cup Superfine Almond Flour**

1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts, Chopped into Medium Pieces

2 Flax Eggs (see instructions below)

2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill, Minced (can substitute 2 Teaspoons of Dried Dill)

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives, Minced (can substitute 2 Teaspoons of Dried Chives)

1 Teaspoon Honey

1/4 Teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt**

* Making an egg substitute with ground Flax Seed is easy! Take one Tablespoon of ground Flax Seed and whisk it with 3 Tablespoons of water in a small bowl and let sit for 15 minutes until it becomes a gel like consistency. In this recipe I have used two Flax Eggs, so you would take 2 Tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed and 6 Tablespoons of water, whisk it all together and let sit for 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the cracker ingredients.

**See In My Pantry for Product Resources

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325º degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, add your almond flour, dill, chives and salt. After your flax eggs are ready, whisk in the honey. Then, add the liquid to the flour mixture and whisk with a fork until well combined. Add in the chopped walnuts last, and incorporate into the dough.

Place the dough between two sheets of parchment and roll out with a rolling pin to 1/4″ inch thickness. Remove the top parchment sheet used for rolling, and put the rolled cracker dough with the bottom parchment on the cookie sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crunchy. Keep a close eye on them the last five minutes to prevent over browning. Cool on a wire rack, and then break them into whatever sized pieces you like!

These are delicious served with my Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Tapenade Recipe or Dairy Free Fresh Basil Pesto. If you would like more appetizer ideas, go to Kelly Bejelly’s post on her blog, A Girl Worth Saving, and check out her 35 Paleo Appetizers post here!

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

Dill and Chive Grain Free Crackers

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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