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Paleo and Vegan Snickerdoodles

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As I mentioned in my Wednesday post, I did a lot of baking this past weekend. In case you missed it, I posted a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuffin recipe that is really easy to make and fantastic for heating up in the mornings for a quick breakfast.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuffin (Grain-Free)

I also made a huge loaf of gluten-free banana bread. In the microwave. No eggs, no gluten, sweetened with honey or maple syrup… Even I’m surprised by how amazing it turned out. I made it on a whim Sunday afternoon before I returned to school and as the oven was already being used to cook my food for the week, I “had” to resort to my second favorite cooking machine. Okay, so the oven and microwave are probably tied for first. They both have their perks (oven-cooked food tastes better and the microwave is lightning fast).

Microwave Banana Bread

But you’ll have to wait for the banana bread until next week. Today I’m sharing an equally amazing recipe for snickerdoodles. Again, I took a big gamble in making these. The recipe was inspired/adapted in part from How Sweet It Is. I wasn’t really feeling up to going to my brother’s basketball game on Friday night (Actually I haven’t been for the past few weeks, but that is a story for another day/health update πŸ™ ). Instead my brother, who usually goes to a friend’s house after his games, asked me to make him something to take. After much debate we finally agreed on snickerdoodles.

I turned to How Sweet It Is for the recipe and they turned out wonderful. One note if you make her version- take them out of the oven even if they don’t look done. They will harden up a lot and then they will be difficult to eat. No one likes cookies that scrape the roof of your mouth raw. If you do make the same mistake I do though, never fear because a quick pop in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and they are soft again. See? Microwaves ARE amazing.

After making the cookies; however, I realized that my parents would be wanting some too, and let’s just say that I feel better about giving white sugar and flour to my basketball-playing brother than my middle-aged health conscious parents.

So I revamped the original recipe making it completely unrecognizable but still insanely delicious. No need to thank me. πŸ˜‰

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Paleo and Vegan Snickerdoodles

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option, Paleo-Friendly

Makes 10-12 small cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed + 1/4 cup water*
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted*
  • 1/2 cup honey* (use maple syrup to make this vegan)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour*
  • 2/3 cup almond flour*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3-4 tbsp granulated sweetener*
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flaxseed and water in a small bowl. Let sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Now mix together all of your wet ingredients (including the flax gel) in either a medium-sized bowl or a food processor. Then add your dry ingredients up to the sea salt and mix well. I used a food processor to mix all of the dough together so this was very quick, but mixing by hand will work just fine.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the 3-4 tbsp of granulated sweetener and cinnamon.
  5. After making the cinnamon topping, use a spoon to scoop out the previously made dough and use your hands to form small (approximately 1-1.5 inch wide) balls. The dough will be a little sticky so roll lightly to prevent your hands from becoming too messy. (If the dough seems way too wet you can add some additional flour to thicken it up, refrigerate for an hour to make it easier to handle, or coat your hands in melted coconut oil to prevent sticking).
  6. Take your dough balls and roll them in the cinnamon topping until completely covered. Space them out on the baking sheet. Then using your fingers press down on the dough balls to flatten the slightly.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they start to turn a light golden brown and are somewhat firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and place the cookies on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

*Substitution notes:

Ground chia seeds would probably work in place of the ground flaxseed. Two eggs could probably be used in place of the flax mixture. Butter/ghee would also be a delicious substitute for the coconut oil if you eat dairy. To ensure that these are vegan, use maple syrup in place of the honey. You could also use a granulated sweetener instead but you would need to add some moisture in the form of water or perhaps a nondairy milk. Adjust the flour as needed to compensate for the ingredient changes. Tapicoa flour and arrowroot flour are usually interchangeable in recipes from comments that I have seen from other bloggers. To make these nut-free use sunflower seed or pumpkin seed flour in place of the almond flour. I used granulated monkfruit for the cinnamon topping, but coconut sugar, granulated stevia or even date sugar would probably work too. I have only tried the recipe as stated above and these substitutions are just suggestions and I cannot guarantee the results if you make changes. Let me know in the comments if you make any alterations and how they turn out!

Grain-Free and Vegan Snickerdoodles

Oh, and for those of you who love microwave baking as much as me, I also experimented in cooking one of these in the microwave. You’ll have to adjust the time to best fit your microwave power and size, but 50 seconds was just about perfect in mine. Place one of the dough balls on a plate covered in parchment paper, flatten with your fingers, then cook for 40 seconds (add 10 second intervals afterwards until done). Like with How Sweet Eat It Is’s original recipe, you’ll want to take these babies out when they are still pretty soft. Let them cool and they will get a little more sturdy. The first turned a dark brown in the center because I cooked it until it felt done 😯 . Learn from my mistakes!

Somehow I ended up talking more about microwaves today than I did about the recipe itself, which is baked in an oven. Oh well. I’ll just pull the “It’s almost Friday” or “my brain is a burnt marshmallow” cards. What’s that you say? I can only use them once in a lifetime? Bull. I can’t tell you how many times I was sent to jail or took a ride on the Reading Railroad in Monopoly when I was younger. Those cards came up FAR too often. I deserve this.

So yes… railroads, microwaves, marshmallow brains… um… Friday?!

Oh right. Happy Friday everyone!

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Questions for you:

What is your favorite kind of cookie? Mine are sugar cookies (made like snickerdoodles but without the cinnamon in the sugar topping. Sooooo good!).

Who is your go-to dessert blogger?Β I don’t really have a favorite. I just look up whoever!

How do you prevent your cookies from sticking? Oil/Spray? Parchment paper? Nonstick sheets? Silicon mats?

{Belated} Halloween Favorites

Happy Belated Halloween!

Technically I am typing this post up on Halloween so that “belated” shouldn’t be in there, but I figured that most of you wouldn’t be reading this until November 1 so… Technicalities.

As a wrap up to the Halloween extravaganza I thought it would be fun to do a short Halloween Favorites survey!

Ready? Too bad. You don’t have a choice πŸ˜‰

What is your favorite Halloween movie?

Halloweentown from Disney Channel.

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Fun fact: The girl who played Marnie is also the voice on the Trix commercials that said, “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”

Pick your favorite chocolate AND non-chocolate candy.

Dark Chocolate Kit-Kats and Black Licorice Jelly Beans.

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Do they even sell dark chocolate Kit-Kats anymore? No judgement on the black jelly beans. You haters are crazy.

What is your favorite seasonal candy?

The mixed bags of candy corn with the regular, pumpkins and chocolate.

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The pumpkin shapes just made these 10 times more fun.

Which Halloween costume from your childhood was your favorite?

I went as a waitress one year with my best friend and we served “eyeballs” on plates.

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We got the waitress idea from some super ugly blouses that I acquired from my mother and were hanging in my closet at the time… And this book that my friend was reading. She was Hope. And I was Faith. Super original, I know.

If you could go as anything for Halloween, what would it be?

A witch!

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E-cards= I <3 you.

How did you collect your candy when trick or treating?

We had the classic plastic orange pumpkins every single year. Nothing fancy.

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I think we still have these downstairs in our basement actually!

What is the funniest trick that you’ve ever seen played on someone for Halloween?

I really haven’t seen anything that fantastic. The look on someone’s face after being “spooked” though is pretty hilarious.

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Buzzfeed has 40 more of these pictures from a Haunted House if you are curious: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/best-pictures-of-scared-bros-at-a-haunted-house-of-20 DO IT. They are so funny.

What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Dressing up and getting to be someone else for the night. When I was younger it was getting to have Halloween parties at school with all of the wonderful candy and cookies that parents brought in.

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Does anyone remember when these required a little more manual labor before baking? They used to come in tubes and you would have to slice all of the cookies before popping them into the oven.

Oh, and I just realized that I did a similar post last year for Halloween listing myΒ top 5 “scary” Halloween movies.

Also, if you have any leftover candy that you don’t know what to do with, you can always use the candy corn to make candy corn popcorn and the chocolate pieces in my candy pizza!

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What did you do to celebrate Halloween this year?

Answer some of the survey questions above!