Monday, December 13, 2010

Gluten-Free Carrot Spice Cookies (also Egg- and Dairy-Free)



Anyone fearful of missing out on Christmas baking because of gluten-sensitivity or CD is really in luck this year-- the internet is teeming with recipes for delicious gluten-free treats. As far as baked cookies go, this next recipe could be classified a "health cookie" (except maybe for the sugar?). Once your mouth gets over the fact that it is not your standard wheat molasses-type cookie, your taste buds say, "al-right!" It's a cookie of substance!

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
1 egg substitute (mix 1 T. of ground flaxseed with 3 T. of water until creamy)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (an apple+ in the Vitamix and whirl)
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla
2 1/2 C. brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: cinnamon, ginger, coriander (ground)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Cream sugar and EVOO in large bowl. Add carrots, raisins, egg, applesauce, molasses and vanilla; mix well.
In a large bowl, combine the brown rice flour, spices and baking powder; slowly stir flour mixture into other ingredients and mix until well blended.
Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned.
Remove from baking sheet while still warm. Cool on wire rack.
Makes 4 dozen.

Recipe adapted from one by USA Rice Federation.
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Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.
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