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Chewy Molasses Cookies (vegan and gluten free!)

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last new post!  We had a great November, with plenty of outside time!

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Then… the snow hit!  We actually got to have some fun in the snow too, unlike last year, where it seemed like we got her all bundled up but then she only wanted to be out in it for one minute.  We got a solid 30 minutes this time before she needed to go in for a potty break!

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Anyway, the blog front may have been quiet, but I’ve still been experimenting in the kitchen, as usual! Made several batches of butternut squash risotto, that has amazing flavor, but I really wanted to perfect it in the crock pot, and the texture wasn’t quite right, yet.

 

I had a great Thanksgiving with family and didn’t do ANY cooking over those couple days, except for some no-bake Pumpkin Pie Bars with my sister.

 

What do I have for you, today, then? A new take on one of my favorite cookies as a kid… Molasses cookies!  I didn’t even bother looking at the recipe my mom used… I knew it would be full of white flour, white sugar, and butter!

 

I’m very happy with this new version of an old favorite of mine, and it is SO darn healthy, for a cookie! It is sweetened with banana, dates, and molasses (of course), and has other great ingredients in there too.

Make sure you use blackstrap molasses (buy it here) for this recipe so you get all the health benefits!  What health benefits?  I love this image from Dr. Axe’s website:

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Typically, I like my cookies under-done, but in this case, I liked the version I cooked for longer.  The shorter cook time will give it more of a soft larabar-like consistency, which is fine if that’s what you want.

 

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The only thing I wasn’t thrilled with was the pictures… thanks to winter lighting I was trying to take them in the dark, and editing only helped so much.  I promise you, the flavor will not let you down though.  And, you don’t have to go through the holiday cookie season without any cookies, just make a healthy cookie like these!

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This recipe was inspired by and adapted from 5 Ingredient Cookies by Minimalist Baker.

 

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The molasses cookies I remembered as a kid had a vanilla frosting, so of course I wanted to whip up a quick frosting for these.  Just 3 ingredients… coconut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract!  Coconut butter is funny in that it is rock solid when it’s cold, and liquid when warmed.  What I do is put the whole jar of coconut butter (I get this kind), and put it in a bowl of really hot water while I make the cookies.  Then, it’s softened enough to mix with maple syrup and vanilla.  Easy peasy!

 

Chewy Molasses Cookies (vegan and gluten free!)
 
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Delicious soft molasses cookies, that may be the healthiest molasses cookie ever. No white flour and sugar, no butter. And they are easy to make too, just requiring you to blitz everything in a food processor!
Ingredients
Cookie Ingredients
  • 1 banana (ripe with spots)
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 2/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup molasses
Frosting
  • 2 tbsp. coconut butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup, room temperature or warmed
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all cookie ingredients in food processor.
  3. Pulverize until well mixed and uniform, stopping to scrape down sides if necessary.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. Mix together frosting ingredients in small bowl.
  6. Frost cookies after they have cooled completely.

 

Hope you enjoy!

Molasses not your thing? Make these Chewy Coconut Oat Cookies.  By far my most popular recipe!

 

I’d love to hear from you!  Do you have a go-to healthier than normal cookie recipe?  Share with me in the comments!

 

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