Monday, December 14, 2009

Almond Spice Cookies - Wheat and Sugar Free (if you want)!!!

As I posted a little while ago, I'm currently avoiding wheat and sugar/starch to clear up some tummy problems I've been having for the last few months. I've missed having fruit, but I've been enjoying lots of green veggies - collard greens, spinach, etc. I treat myself to carrot juice (Alfred convinced me to try it - it is really good), which seems like fruit juice because it is really sweet.

I've also experimented with baking a few different things to replace the baked goods we all know I love! Elana's pantry ( has been my go to source for wheat free recipes. I've altered a few of them by using stevia (the only sweetener allowed in the anti-candida diet), but I've used a little agave nectar too. Last week I won Elana's cookbook: The Gluten Free, Almond Flour Cookbook (, in a contest on the Sister's Project blog. I can't wait for it to get here!!! I highly recommend her sesame crackers (, and her flax seed focaccia( it is full of fiber and only requires a few ingredients.
Until January 11th Elana is also having a giveaway - you can get a signed copy of her book and a 5 pound bag of almond flour!!! I'm going to enter and you should too, for more info visit

One of my favorite recipes from her website is a sweet treat, the original recipe is for "ginger cookies" ( Her recipe produces a nice chewy cookie, but I can't use very much agave syrup and don't have yacon syrup, so I added an egg to make up for the liquid lost in omitting the syrups, and added some stevia for sweetness. I also added some spices other than ginger. The result is more like little cakes or muffin tops, very tasty little morsels! Because the base "flour" is almond flour/almond meal I call these Almond Spice Cookies. I purchase my almond meal at Trader Joe's, but there are many online vendors, and you can also make your own by grinding almonds to a fine powder in a food processor.

If you or a loved one needs (or wants) to avoid wheat (and sugar), these are a perfect holiday treat! By the way, my gluten-loving hubby enjoys these too!

Almond Spice Cookies:

11/4 C. Almond Meal/Flour
1/4 t. Sea Salt
1/2 t. Baking Soda
1 T. Ground Ginger
1/2 t. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 t. Ground Nutmeg
1/4 C. Olive Oil
1 Egg, beaten
1 t. Vanilla Extract
2 T. Agave nectar (could sub honey)
4 Packets "Stevia in the Raw" (if you want to use sugar, substitute 1/4 cup granulated or brown sugar)

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the almond meal, salt, soda, and spices. In a separate bowl (or large liquid measuring cup) combine the oil, egg, vanilla, agave, and stevia. Combine the dry and liquid ingredients. Drop tablespoon sized mounds onto the lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

We've got our menorah and our tree lit up - so we are in full holiday spirit around here!

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