Hi, I’m back with a very different, scrumptious cookie recipe. I was out of nuts and raisins when my old cookies were gone, so I experimented in a way you’ll never imagine. I steamed red beets to use instead of raisins and added poppyseed for the nuts. The new cookies are surprisingly delicious as well as very nutritious! I had a young girlfriend tell me they’re the best cookies I’ve ever made (that she’s tasted).
So here’s my recipe that makes two cookie sheets or about four dozen cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Get out big mixing bowl.
3 cups hazelnut flour (almond meal could be used)
1/3 cup amaranth flour (spelt can be used)
3/4 cup arrowroot (tapioca flour could be used)
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 tsp seasalt (table salt or highly-processed seasalt NOT recommended)
1 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup poppyseed
Stir together well before adding the following moist ingredients.
1 cup steamed red beets (not mushy) -Save 1 3/4 cup of beet juice
2 TBS ground flaxseed mixed with 6 TBS filtered water and let sit
1 ripe banana, 1/4 cup prunes or your choice of similar dried fruit like figs, and 2 TBS tahini
(blend those three together and add to dry ingredients)
1/4 cup brown rice syrup (1/3 cup would be ok, but cookie will be moister)
4 scoops pure stevia extract (or 3 if more brown rice syrup is used, none if honey used; if blackstrap molasses used, use stevia according to taste . I’ve tried Truvia before and you’d need about 1/4 or 1/3 cup at least.)
1 tsp real vanilla (I was out and used half capful of amaretto flavoring)
Add beets, beet juice, gelled flaxseed, syrup, banana mixture, stevia and flavoring to dry ingredients and stir well. Roll into balls, place on cookie sheet (I usually use parchment on sheet, but couldn’t find it and so oiled sheet). Bake for eleven minutes unless your oven is hotter or colder than mine.
The cookies do not taste like beets. Actually they have a good citrusy flavor and a great consistency. Another girlfriend said she really liked them and were the most interesting cookie she’d ever eaten. They look festive too if you want diabeetic-friendly cookies for Valentine’s Day!