Tasty and mostly simple food for the whole family.

Tasty, healthy, simple, verstile, practical, seasonal, fun food for all to enjoy. I will endeavour to make things gluten-free, dairy-free (cow's milk only here, I'm not super-human), and low sugar as able. I hope others feel motivated to add their recipes to this collection so we can all try them. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oatmeal Everyday Cookies (Wheat-free/Adaptable, Dairy-Free/Adaptable)

It has recently come to my attention that bacon is not an everyday food.  Therefore, it seems only fair to have a delightful treat that is.  Hence, the everyday cookie.  This has not been created in this house as Gluten-free, but the incidental wheat free version (since I ran out of whole wheat flour) was great!  My first wheat-free trial was with rye flour and was delicious, but the spelt flour was even better!  I imagine a combination of brown rice flour and maybe buckwheat with 1/2-1tsp xanthan gum would work well for the flour listed below, too.  As with all things Fawnalicious, this is most definitely adaptable to whatever you decide to substitute in it where you see fit for your taste and what you are trying to use up in your fridge!  Don't have a banana around?  Use more yam or maybe applesauce.  No yam?  Use butternut squash....  The real issue here is how to still maintain the mystique of a cookie being a treat, while letting your wee ones eat as much as they like since it is packed with goodness.

  • 1C Flour (whole wheat, rye, spelt or GF flours as noted above)
  • 1C Old fashion rolled oats
  • 1tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1/2tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3C firmly packed brown sugar (Or 2/3c if skipping agave)
  • 3T Agave nectar
  • 6T butter or non-dairy choice
  • 1/2C Banana puree or mashed banana (about one banana is enough without making the flavor too dominant)
  • 1/2 C Yam or Sweet potato puree/mash (can sub applesauce...)
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • 1lg egg (OK egg white only)
  • 1/2 C raisins, currents or cranberries...
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans or walnuts if you play that game
Directions: Preheat oven to 350.
1.  In small bowl, thoroughly mix all dry ingredients except sugar together
2.  Cream together butter and sugar in medium bowl til just mixed
3.  Add the pureed veg/banana, egg, agave and vanilla to the butter mixture and combine, then add the dry ingredients and combine til just mixed.
4.  Mix in your currents or raisins and nuts if using.
5.  Scoop heaping tablespoon size  dollops onto greased cookie sheet or parchment lined cookie sheet
6.  Cook 12-15 minutes, then cool on sheet ~2 minutes before transferring to your tummy, I mean cooling rack.

Smushed up banana and roasted yams here

I like currents the best for a non-dominating raisin option

Adapted from a recipe in Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld.

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