So, here’s a confession… I don’t buy food “treats” for my family often. And, I’ve been told by my 10 year old that he needs more than fruits and veggies some days. So, I’m stepping up my game and getting back into the healthy treat mentality. I thought I had successfully won my people over on the whole foods 100% of the time, but what works for me isn’t working for them. While I’m not conceding and running out to buy Ho-Ho’s and RingDings and neon orange cheese puffs, I feel good bringing homemade, lovingly made, whole food snacks back into the picture on a more regular basis. What’s more… I am SO incredibly proud of my son for being able to iterate his needs. He is a gorgeous example of doing what it takes to know what his body needs. These cookies are quick to mix together, easy to freeze and slice off what you need and totally customizable to your tastes. Easy, Anytime… easy anytime cookies.
You can thank my boy for these… try them and let me know what you think!
Easy Anytime Cookies
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup brown rice flour or 1/2 cup brown rice flour + 1/2 cup quinoa or amaranth flour
½ cup potato starch (optional, but improves texture)
1 Tbsp vanilla powder (I use Authentic Foods)
¾ cup peanut butter
3 ripe bananas (if you prefer less banana flavor use green bananas)
1 cup mini chips (Enjoy Life vegan chips are great) or nuts or raisins or other dried fruit
** add in a Tablespoon of flax meal, chia seeds or hemp seeds for some omega 3 goodness!
Combine all ingredients except chips/add in’s in your mixer bowl. Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed until combined. Then add in chips or nuts/fruit and mix gently to incorporate.
Tip the dough onto a clean board and shape into a log. Slice off the number of cookies you want to bake. Wrap the remaining dough in parchment, plastic wrap or in a zip loc bag and freeze until ready to use.
Place the dough slices on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. The smaller your cookies, the less time they will need to cook.
Frozen cookies will bake in about 15-18 minutes.