This was my first attempt at making a NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) and GF (Gluten Free) “cookie,” and also my first time using coconut flour. I’ve got to say– I did pretty good! The only thing “bad” about these is they are too small! After they came out of the oven, I ate about 5 very quickly.
The hazelnut flavor really comes through in these moist little snack cakes. The coconut ingredients add both richness and texture. The fruits and carrot impart a subtle sweetness.
In this recipe, I used just 2 dates to bump up the sweet just a bit. That works out to about 0.053 dates per cake, or about a quarter of 1 date per 5 cakes. Not bad at all!
These hold together quite well, so I predict they’re going to be tucked into my ski jacket pocket this winter. I can’t wait for the flakes to start flying!
3/4 C hazelnut flour (raw nuts ground in the Vitamix blender)
1/4 C garbanzo bean flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 C coconut flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 C ground flax seeds
1/4 C finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t allspice
1/2 C full fat canned coconut milk
1/4 C unsweetened soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 t vanilla extract
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1 C shredded carrot
1 C shredded organic apple (about 1 large)
1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Blend the wet ingredients (i.e. milks, vanilla and pitted dates).
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the carrot and apple.
4. Use a cookie scoop (or 2 spoons) to drop batter balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each ball and smooth the sides. Note that these retain their form/size during baking.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 38 or approximately 3 dozen. Freeze what you’re not going to eat right away.