The next two paragraphs are one giant tangent; feel free to ignore them and skip directly to the cookie recipe below!
Well, I am on day 5 of a gluten-free diet. About a year ago, I went from healthy to not-so-healthy with a sudden onset of miscellaneous vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I gained no real answers from my healthcare providers (aside from, ‘double your vitamins’ and ‘eat more protein’…). Though my blood work came back negative for wheat allergy and Celiac disease, many of my symptoms are consistent with a gluten intolerance. I crave and eat A LOT of grains, so I decided to have a stab at eliminating gluten for a few weeks to see if I notice any changes. I had myself convinced that this would be easy, but as a vegetarian and world’s pickiest eater (read: I hate vegetables), it’s a bit more of a challenge than I’d hoped.
What I have realized over the past five days is that I have a big time sugar addiction. I’m not even going to tell you what foods I ingested yesterday – it was bad. I may cut the gluten-free thing short, and make serious work of lowering my refined sugar intake. What the heck did all that have to do with cookies, you say?? I fed my addiction and created these today, and they are not only delicious, but gluten-free, nut-free, and lactose-free! Be sure to read your labels closely if you are making these for someone with an allergy – some baking soda and vanilla may have traces of gluten, and some dark chocolate can contain lactose.
Chewy Sunbutter Cookies (makes one dozen):
1/2 C Sunflower Seed Butter
1/4 C granulated sugar
1/4 C (loosely packed) brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
12 small chunks of dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Place everything but the egg into a mixing bowl; stir together until well combined.
Add egg (beat ever so slightly before adding); stir until well combined.
Depending on what brand of Sunbuttter you use (I used Trader Joe’s), your dough may appear oily – don’t worry about this.
Divide dough into 12 pieces and place on an ungreased baking sheet – flatten slightly.
Sprinkle tops with granulated sugar (optional).
Bake for approx. 15 minutes.
Upon removing from oven, immediately press a chunk of dark chocolate into the center of each cookie. After cooling for a couple minutes, transfer cookies to cooling rack.
…Also made some carrot/applesauce dog treats today – recipe to be posted soon!