This fabulous gluten, dairy and refined sugar free cookie recipe is one our beautiful Chrissy found and how could I not give it a go when it has Joy in the name and it ticks all the boxes for a healthy lunch box treat.
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond meal/flour
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used desiccated as my kids don’t like the texture of shredded)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (you can substitute this with rapadura, brown sugar or coconut sugar as well)
2 Tbsp. honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (I make my own vanilla see below for the recipe)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks/chips (I use dairy free dark chocolate that you can get at most health food stores)
This is a picture of the coconut flour, coconut oil that I use and what rapadura looks like if you are searching for them at the shops. I can always get all of these ingredients at Wray Organics at indooroopilly.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almond flour, coconut flour, shredded coconut, baking powder, salt, sugar, and honey.
In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together egg, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Place bowl in fridge and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 180c and line a cookie sheet with greaseproof paper or a non-stick baking mat.
Use a tablespoon to drop cookies onto baking sheet, pressing down to flatten them slightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on sheet for ~5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
I doubled this recipe as one lot wasn’t even close to enough for the kids as they loved them so much.
Homemade Vanilla Essence
4 vanilla beans
Split beans down the middle leaving them attached at one end. Out in a glass jar and cover with vodka. Put in a cool dark place for 8 weeks and shake once a week. When you run out keep the old pods and just add fresh pods and top up with vodka. I usually keep two on the go, that way I never run out. Once one is done I refill it and have a spare ready to go.
Enjoy the Joy Girls