These delicious gluten-free hermit cookies are not overly sweet which is why we like them. The best thing is that they are full of very healthy ingredients and are vegan too as I use an egg substitute which is chickpea flour in this recipe.
They do have a bit of a drier texture than the ones with wheat in them but don’t be concerned as are still yummy.
All of the ingredients I used have great health benefits too.
Coconut oil is actually very good for us. In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka, and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats. Learn the 12 benefits of Coconut Oil, this newly declared an Amazing SuperFood.
Coconut sugar is the healthiest sugar made from the sap of coconut flowers by boiling it down to dry sugar blocks or a soft paste or a granulated form. Coconut sugar contains a higher amount of nutrients compared to brown sugar as it has some amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, sulfur, and micronutrients.
For this recipe and all my recipes, I use Himalayan salt which is actually good for you!
As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia which is the healthy option. The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you. The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter. The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based. Liquid forms will be less processed. Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness
Brown Rice Flour has become a staple in my baking adding fiber and nutrition. It assists in weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol, and balances energy. It is low cost and adds a somewhat dry gritty crumbly texture.
White Rice Flour is what I use this for shortbread and pastry making as it adds a lightness and texture. It works best when combined with high protein flours to balance texture and build the structure. Caution: Use only small amounts as it has less nutrition than brown and is tending to be starchy.
Potato Flour – is high in fiber and protein and is a fine creamy white-yellow powder. It is made from dehydrated whole potatoes and is a healthy substitute for xanthan gum or guar gum. Cautions: Don’t confuse with potato starch. Use much less.
Adding a few raisins or sultanas that are unsweetened and unsulfured adds some more sweetness to this mix. Raisins are a healthy, tasty food when eaten in moderation. They are a good source of nutrients and add a tasty sweetness to desserts and snacks. According to Medical News Today, they have many health benefits.
Thick, dark, syrupy, sweet blackstrap molasses is more than something to make candy or cookies with; it has many benefits, from helping prevent cancer to getting rid of grey hair. It is a superfood full of health benefits. Learn the 7 Blackstrap Molasses Health Benefits.
I just love walnuts and they add extra nutrition, flavour, and crunch to any recipe. They are full of good protein, are a rich source of minerals, have no trans fats or cholesterol, and have some of the highest antioxidant content of all tree nuts. Now that I know that walnuts are so highly nutritious, so much so that I consider them a superfood.
When we think of cinnamon we usually imagine delicious pastries or a hot drink but cinnamon is also full of health benefits. These benefits are backed by valid scientific research. It is helpful from lowering “bad” HDL cholesterol levels to lowering blood sugar levels. This is for sure a valuable superfood to be included in our diet.
Gluten-Free Hermit Cookies
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 4 Tbsp coconut sugar the coconut sugar will give them a slight coconut flavour
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 1/4 tsp liquid stevia
- 4 Tbsp chickpea flour* helps hold the cookies together
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup potato flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 3/4 cup sultanas or raisins
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Combine the oil, coconut sugar, stevia, and molasses until creamy.
- Stir in the chickpea flour and water
- Then mix in the other flours, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- Mix in the fruit and nuts.
- Roll into 1-inch balls and flatten with a fork on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake them for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and gently take them off the baking sheet. Put them on a rack for cooling.
* This is for an egg-free vegan recipe, learn more about Eggs Substitutes.
Enjoy your gluten-free cookies once they have cooled down. YUM!
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. The darker the cinnamon the better it is.
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Fancy Sunflower Seed Cookies – Gluten-Free – These cookies are easy to make. These sunflower seed cookies really are fancy, delicious and healthy too! They are gluten-free and vegan which means there are no eggs used. Often cookies are made with lots of butter, white flour and white sugar which are not healthy ingredients. I have developed them with healthy ingredients and no starch.
Pecan Shortbread Cookies – the best shortbread cookies that are vegan which means no butter. These gluten-free vegan shortbread cookies are awesomely delicious! They even melt in your mouth like regular shortbread and they are vegan too. I was determined to keep out the unhealthy starches, adding only a little healthy arrowroot and of course no white sugar.
Yummy Molasses/Tahini Cookies Are Good for You – These molasses/tahini cookies are Middle Eastern-inspired, delicious, and easy to make! Also, they are vegan, and gluten-free too! And they are so very yummy. They are a very healthy cookie full of nutrients from the molasses, tahini, stevia and coconut oil.
Note: If you are considering going gluten-free
- Read: Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?
- Learn how to make sinfully delicious gluten-free treats and desserts that are still healthy for you. Health GF Baking Training
- Read 11 Gluten-Free Grains to learn some of the alternatives and their many benefits.
- Check out: Diana’s Gluten-Free Recipes Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletters for the latest recipes.
- Consider doing one of my Healthy Online Courses. All of the recipes for the courses are gluten-free.
- Learn to Bake Healthy Sweets
- Gluten-Free Healthy Baking that is Soy-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-Free, & Wheat-free
- Sinfully Delicious and Healthy Too!
- Wouldn’t it be great to eat cookies and tarts like you did as a child, innocently enjoying the sweetness and textures without worrying about the downside?