Easy Cinnamon Spice Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free)

Created by Lisa Cantkier of GlutenFreeFind.com

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Photo Credit: The Fitness Elite Magazine

The taste of sweet cinnamon, fused into a soft, chewy and moist cookie with nutritional benefits is my kind of treat for the holiday season! Cinnamon has multiple health benefits and can pack our holiday treats with a punch; according to research studies, it has the potential to lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol levels. Cinnamon also has an anti-clotting effect on blood and can even help ease arthritis pain. Now, that makes for one powerful holiday cookie!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon (ground)
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup hemp milk (recipe will work with any type of milk)
pinch sea salt
1 ½  cups of a bean based gluten-free flour blend (one that includes a thickening gum)
* This recipe also works well with 1/4 cup chocolate chips in replacement of raisins

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine apple cider, raisins, vinegar, sugar, cinnamon, oil, vanilla extract, sea salt and hemp milk in a large mixing bowl and mix with a spoon.

3. Combine and mix ingredients well until sugar is dissolved. If you choose to use a mixer, avoid adding the raisins until after the flour is mixed.

4. Gradually add gluten-free flour and mix well with other ingredients until completely combined and your mixture looks like cookie dough.

5. Spoon 1 teaspoon of dough and roll into small balls; place on parchment paper lined cookie tray, spacing each cookie ball approximately 5 cm apart.

6. Repeat step 5 until all the dough is used.

7. With a fork, flatten each cookie ball to make each cookie about 1 cm thick.

8. Put cookie tray in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.

9. Allow cookies to cool completely.

Makes 24 – 36 cookies

This recipe was featured in The Fitness Elite Magazine’s
December 2013 “Personifying Power” issue.

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Lisa Cantkier is a holistic nutritionist and lifelong celiac focused on living well with special diets. Her website is LisaCantkier.com

 

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