|August 5, 2012||Posted by Caroline Lunger under dessert, GAPS|
GAPS Snickerdoodle story..
So once again my sweet tooth sister was my inspiration for these GAPS snicker doodle cookies, I shouldn’t be surprised! She was my inspiration to make the GAPS lemon bars, and those were a huge hit! It all started with a simple craving for a cookie, but we like to make our desserts “healthy” in our house. These GAPS Snickerdoodle cookies are still a “treat”. Though, I bet you could get away with eating one with your breakfast!
GAPS Snickerdoodles are by far one of my family’s favorite cookies. These snickerdoodles are perfect, chewy, gooey, scrumptious delicious…should I keep going? Of course they are rolled in cinnamon sugar to give them their trademark snickerdoodle taste and look. Not like you need anymore convincing, but if you do, GAPS snickerdoodles are the easiest cookie I have ever made.
What makes these GAPS Snickerdoodles the best?
Well, I am glad you asked! First off, these cookies are grain free and egg free (they can even be dairy free if you choose)! Best of all, they are GAPS friendly! A little treat here and there on the GAPS diet won’t hurt if your gut can tolerate it. They are the perfect little cookie for anytime and any occasion. They have that crackle look from smashing the cinnamon coated balls of dough onto the pan. Ooo they are just so cute!
GAPS Snickerdoodle nutrition:
Almond flour is very nutrient dense and packed with vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Yeah! I love magnesium Of course cinnamon is filled with fiber, along with manganese and calcium. If you didn’t know, high manganese foods can help keep your blood sugar levels balanced as well as help your body use key nutrients to help it function. For me, cinnamon is just one of those immediate yum scents when I bake with it, so it makes me feel relaxed. Honey is a great sweetener if you are on the GAPS diet because it is easy for your gut to break down. If you cannot have coconut crystals, just skip it and use cinnamon alone for the coating!
Get ready, get set, bake!
So what are you waiting for? These are super fast to make too. I really timed it, they take about 5 minute to pull all the ingredients out, 5 minutes to mix everything together, and if you have 1 set of hands to roll into balls, then roll into the cinnamon and the other set to smash..it takes no time at all! Total it took my sister and I, 20 minutes from start to finish! Now that is one easy cookie.
2 cups almond flour (I use Honeyville)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda (omit if you are on GAPS)
5 TBS ghee/butter Melted (coconut oil works too, but they will taste more coconutty)
1 1/2 TBS vanilla extract
** low sugar option: 2 TBS honey + 40 drops of stevia (2 squirt droppers full)
3 TBS coconut crystals (omit if you are on GAPS)
3 TBS cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line 2 cookie sheets with bleach free parchment paper.
3. Mix dry ingredients together.
4. Melt ghee/butter or coconut oil on stove.
5. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
6. Mix wet into dry bowl and stir until all incorporated.
7. Mix the cinnamon and coconut sugar for the coating in a separate bowl.
8. Scoop 1 TBS of dough and roll it in a ball. **
9. Roll your ball of dough into the coating mixture an coat all the way.
10. Place your coated dough onto the cookie sheet and use a ball jar (grease the bottom with coconut oil/butter) and press down until your cookie is about 1/4 in thick. Lift up the jar and voila! (Thanks Urban Poser for the tip!)
11. Repeat for all of the dough. (We made about 20 cookies). Keep the smashed cookie dough 2-3 inches apart from each other, because they expand some.
12. Bake for 8 minutes. If you like them a little chewier-crunchy bake them for 10 minutes.
13. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 10 minutes (if you don’t they will fall a part when you try to pick them up!).
14. Carefully lift the soft cookies onto a plate. They will still be gooey and soft but over a few hours they will be a PERFECT texture!
15. Eat 1 or 2..or 3! Enjoy with a glass of homemade coconut milk!
**We made another batch for some friends and made baby GAPS snicker doodles. Use 1 tsp to scoop out the dough in step 8.
hmm..I wonder what happened to the GAPS Snickerdoodle?
~Stay Gutsy, Caroline