Begin with sugar, white flour, butter, and …. you've got another round of delicious and yes, "dramatic" holiday cookies. While I am not advocating deprivation, consider these delicious and healthy holiday (or anyday) "alternative" cookies.
These tasty morsels are sure to please heart, mind, and spirit. Your ingredient list is short and simple: almonds, oats, GF flour mix of choice, maple syrup, healthy oil, and the (organic please) jam of your choice. I've highlighted a few of the ingredients if you are a fan of online shopping you can link right to them.
Choose whatever flavor jam floats your boat - but choose organic - because who wants a dose of pesticide along with their cookie? Am I right? Strawberry jam contains ellagic acid - a super antioxidant and cancer fighter. Cherry, raspberry, blueberry or blackberry are all awesome delicious choices. I also like apricot jam, for a source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and also heart-healthy.
I love organic maple syrup as a natural sweetener and a natural source of trace minerals. Here's the recipe!
1 cup ground almonds or almond flour
1 cup ground gluten free rolled oats
1 cup GF flour blend (I love this paleo blend)
1 teaspoon baking powder (this is optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup organic grapeseed, avocado, or olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
Organic Jam of choice (about 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup) (Strawberry, Raspberry, Apricot, Cherry, etc)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with either a sheet of natural parchment paper or lightly coat with cooking oil spray.
Grind almonds and rolled oats in coffee grinder or high speed blender or food processor. Mix together together ground almonds, oats, and flour. Add baking powder and cinnamon and stir well. In a separate bowl or glass measuring cut, combine wet ingredients.
Stir the wet mixture into the dry until well mixed. Mixture will be a bit stiff and somewhat sticky. Use a small cookie dough scooper or a spoon and roll into walnut sized balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Use your thumb to indent the center of each cookie. Pinch together the sides of the cookie if they start to "crack." Add about 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite jam to the center of the cookie.
Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Serving sweets that support health and happiness is truly a blessing for all seasons. Happy holidays.
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