Our Twelve Days of Gluten Free Cookies countdown continues for the third day with my Granola Cookies. These cookies are very close to my heart as they are one of the very first gluten free recipes that I ever created. That’s right. Before I was the gluten free chef, I was a lowly single transplant living in Nashville, TN learning the ropes as a new teacher and figuring out to afford a gluten free diet out of my tiny kitchen. These cookies were the result of literally what I had in my cabinet and fridge at the time and a longing for a sweet treat. They were a fan favorite at the (now defunct) theglutenfreechefbakery and here on the blog.
1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup corn starch
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup rice milk or almond milk
1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips (preferably Enjoy life brand)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix rolled oats and cornstarch in a medium bowl.
In a small saucepan on low heat, combine brown sugar, cane sugar, vanilla, honey and rice milk. Stir sugar mixture until completely combined.
Combine sugar mixture with dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in egg, chocolate chips, coconut, and golden raisins. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill cookie dough for at least 30 minutes.
Remove from chiller and drop dough by rounded spoonful’s on a prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle each with sea salt. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Makes about one dozen.
Granola is an awesomely versatile gluten free friendly snack. There are a ton of great brands on the market but if you don’t carefully inspect the ingredients more often than not their “health food” title can be greatly misleading. It is addictive for a reason for many brands are high in sugar, natural flavorings and calories. Before you know it you can easily down a meals worth of calories in one sitting. That’s why homemade is best as you are in control of what goes into your granola. This granola “bark” is full of heart healthy fiber and nutrition including almond meal, flaxseed, and coconut. Coconut palm is the sweetener giving it a sweet but not too sweet balance that works well for those watching their sugar intake. In my version I opted against the yogurt glaze and got a lightly sweet and crunchy batch of paleo and gluten free granola.Continue reading