Friday, April 3, 2009

Gluten-Free, Vegan, No-Bake Cookie Delites

Yes, it is true...these are gluten-free dairy- free and you can even get a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants. So, don't be afraid to eat more than one :) I have to say I licked the spoon and my fingers a few times. These are as simple as the traditional n0-bake cookie recipes out there, but I made some adjustments so that you don't have to worry about eating dairy or too much sugar. See, you can make gluten-free goodies on your own, you don't need to settle for packages goods or no treats at all for that matter. You deserve a treat every now and then, and this is a guilt-free friendly way to have something special. So get out your fine china and gold plated utensils, we are going to serve up a delicacy that deserves special attention and enjoyment!

In a saucepan heat up:

3/4 cup of organic creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup organic palm oil shortening (Spectrum Oils brand is my favorite)
1/2 cup of almond milk
4 TB of dark cocoa baking powder or carob powder
1 cup of sucanat (dried sugar cane)

Heat up and let it quick boil and then stir it and pour it into the following bowl of ingredients

In a bowl mix:

1 cup of dried organic currants (or raisins could work, but use less than a cup, maybe 1/2 cup)
dash of salt

Mix altogether well for a few minutes to let the oats get fully covered in the sauce. Then use a spoon or your fingers to roll out little balls on a parchment-papered cookie sheet. You can put as many as you want on the pan because they are not going to expand in the refrigerator.
Leave in the fridge for at least an hour for them to harden up, but then you can just leave them in there to keep as well. The sauce after a while hardens and also softens up the oats so that they are a little less crunchy and more soft. This batch makes about 3 dozen cookies.

You can buy these Bob's Redmill gluten-free oats at any of the local health stores in the area, and I think they also have them at Meijer... so don't fret. If you NEED to eat gluten-free, then I would most definitely tell you to go out of your way for these oats because they are safe from contamination. If you don't need to eat gluten-free, rolled oats would be just fine. The reason regular rolled-oats are NOT ok for the Celiac is because they roll the oats in wheat flour and in most situations the crop of oats is grown in close vicinity of the wheat and they are mixed. That is why conventional oats cannot be considered gluten-free.

I hope you enjoy. Much love to you...

1 comment:

  1. I love these! I used half raisins and half craisins and they were so good. No-bakes were always my favorite cookies and I was a little hesitant to add fruit but wow this worked so very well. Sweet and chewy. Everything a no-bake should be. Thanks!