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Coco-Peanut Butter Energy Nuggets (GF)

Coco-Peanut Butter Energy Nuggets (GF)

‘Tis the season for baking, so I’m working on creating some (much much) healthier goodies for the holiday season.  My goal is to keep as close to NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) as possible…a challenge!

These Coco-Peanut Butter Energy Nuggets (I can’t really call them cookies!) are gluten free (GF) but not entirely grain free.  They are sugar free, though, since they’re sweetened only with a ripe banana.  The peanut butter taste is subtle, not dominant.

**I’m posting this recipe as a work in progress.  They turned out pretty good, but a touch dry.  Next time, I plan to try these modifications:

  • Use 2 bananas, instead of 1– to increase the moisture
  • Use 3/4 cup peanut butter, instead of 1/2 cup– to amp up the PB flavor
  • I may try omitting the brown rice flour.

At any rate, this recipe is a keeper.  Ski season is coming and these will pack perfectly in my coat pocket!

INGREDIENTS

1 large ripe banana
1/2 C organic peanut butter
1/4 C full fat coconut milk
1 t vanilla extract

1/4 C ground flax
1/4 C coconut flour
1/4 C oat flour (with GF oats)
1/4 C garbanzo bean flour
1/4 C brown rice flour
1/2 C finely shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon

ASSEMBLY

1.  Mash the banana on a plate.  Mash in the peanut butter, coconut milk and vanilla extract.

2.  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.

3.  Add the banana mash to the bowl and stir until combined.

4.  Use a Silpat or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Make tablespoon size balls using a cookie scoop.  Roll them in your hands and flatten into discs.

5.  Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes 36.

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