As promised, here is one more cookie recipe before we roll into Christmas. This is my latest gluten-free, grain-free concoction. You don’t even need to buy any special flours. All you need are walnuts and a coffee grinder. Just put the walnuts in the grinder and pulse, just until they become a powder. A few small chunks are o.k. This is not technically considered ‘walnut flour’, since it is not finely ground. Rather, it is called ‘walnut meal’.
We’ll also add some magical flavors like ginger and molasses. Molasses provides many essential minerals, such as calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium. Ginger decreases inflammation, which helps us avoid illness or recover from it. (But don’t tell the elves…they just want something yummy, and this is it!)*
(*Remember – we should not be eating large quantities of sugars on a regular basis. You should know that although molasses is natural and contains many minerals that our bodies need, it is also a type of sugar. So be sure to limit the amount of holiday treats you eat. It’s all about balance.)
Nollaig Shona Daoibh!
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
(Makes 12-18 cookies depending on size)
1 1/2 c. walnut meal (See directions above)
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/4 c. blackstrap molasses
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 packets NuStevia
1 tbsp. ginger (or more, if you like a spicier kick)
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together. It will look crumbly at first, but it should all start binding together.
(If for some reason the dough is too crumbly to stay together, add a tiny bit of coconut oil.)
Shape into 1/2 inch balls.
Place cookies onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Flatten the top of each cookie.
Bake 8-10 minutes, or until tops of cookies feel solid rather than sticky to the touch.