Healthier Baking & Guilt Free Eating…..

Fall Baking at its Best

Gluten Free Cookies, Vegan cookies, and no butter banana bread, OH MY!

All three of these treats will satisfy any eater.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Cookies:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add oats and baking soda to creamed mixture; mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.

Vegan Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup applesauce (sweetened, unsweetened will work)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup rolled oat
  • cinnamon (sprinkle on top)

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes

No Butter Banana Bread:

1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 Large ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
½ tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup of brown sugar
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons skim milk
¼ cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda together in mixing bowl.
  3. In separate large mixing bowl combine mashed bananas, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add egg whites and mix together until smooth. Next add oil. Then, slowly add in flour and combine until moist. Next add Greek yogurt and orange juice. (Depending on the consistency you can add two tablespoons of skim milk. If you like your bread more dense —omit the milk — but if you like it more airy or lighter you can add it.) Lastly add ½ cup of coconut and mix together.
  4. Pour into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle two tablespoons of coconut on top.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and the bread is golden brown.

Optional: throw in ½ cup of walnuts to batter to help keep you satisfied all morning. Another option: substitute ½ cup of regular flour with whole wheat flour

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