Honestly if you had asked me a few years ago to taste one of these cookies, never mind make one, I would have declined politely figuring I could always just get a “regular” chocolate chip cookie if I wanted one. Moving on a few years and with a lot more knowledge on board, I can see that these different options are so much healthier than buying a processed cookie and also help to add fibre, protein and healthy fats to your diet.
They are also great for most dietary needs being gluten free, dairy free, vegan and suitable for paleo diets. There’s only a little bit of prep with toasting the coconut flakes and making the flax seed mixture (in place of eggs) beforehand but I’m talking about 10 minutes and I would recommend toasting the coconut as it lends another whole level of flavour but it’s not necessary.
I have a very nice Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe here on cozebakes which is made using only ground almonds. I wanted to make one which used Gluten Free flour and to include dates and walnuts for extra flavour and crunch.
I’ve adapted this great basic banana bread recipe and it’s worked really well. Banana Bread can sometimes can bad press but it’s a great stand by recipe and this one uses no added sugar so it’s a healthier option to bake. Using very ripe bananas adds a natural sweetness which removes the need to add processed sugar to this recipe.
Let’s get healthy while still enjoying totally amazing treats! I always feel if you totally deprive yourself, you crave things more. These healthy blondies are so good and have won over some very reluctant tasters. I’ll add some notes at the end of the recipe for those who don’t need to adhere to particular dietary needs.
They are really easy to make, just dump everything in the food processor and it’s done. We love recipes that need minimal effort and give maximum results. I’d really urge you to give this recipe a try. You might think you will taste some of the ingredients and you may not even like them, but actually, these Healthy Blondies are a great surprise!
There is an amazing smell all around the kitchen when making these gingerbread shapes and they taste just so delicious with a hint of spices in each bite. Soft and chewy, they are perfect to decorate your favourite way.
I got about 12 good sized gingerbread from this recipe. My cutter is approximately 9cm x 8cm
Biscotti are an Italian biscuit, traditionally almond flavoured. They are baked twice to make them dry and crunchy and we recognise them for their oblong shapes. They lend themselves really well for flavourings and I have two options in the recipe below.
They can be left plain or dip the ends into some chocolate and sprinkle with nuts or cranberries. Biscotti can be seen as a lighter biscuit choice as they use less fat and sugar than other traditional cookies and biscuits. The addition of nuts helps to up their health benefit.
I’m a little obsessed with mincemeat and will happily eat it with a spoon out of a jar! It’s very simple to make your own mincemeat and you can really taste the difference. It’s nowhere as sweet as shop bought and you can really taste all the different flavour combinations plus you control everything that goes into it. There isn’t a large quantity of processed, refined sugars as you get lots of sweetness from the fruit you use.
If you don’t like dates, you can use figs, raisins, cherries or dried apricots instead.
You can use fresh or frozen cranberries.
I like to use Amaretto in my mincemeat but Kirsch works well as does any orange liquour you may have. Be mindful about adding a strong alcohol as it can smother the other flavours.
I made ginger biscuits recently that were really good and a big hit. Of course I then had queries as to when would I make a gluten free version to have all things equal. I like a challenge and found a nice recipe from Barefoot Countess and went about adapting it to gluten free.
These delicious and fresh tasting muffins make a great grab and go if you miss breakfast and a perfect “something not too sweet” during the day.
The pineapple taste is not at all overwhelming but you get the taste of lovely pieces throughout as you enjoy the muffins. Using tinned pineapple means you can bring sunshine to your kitchen any time of the year!
You can leave the muffins as is but I thought it would be nice to make a little drizzle using some of the reserved pineapple juice and to top the muffins with pieces of pineapple before baking.
Amazing, rich, gooey dark chocolate brownies with bright raspberries throughout and dotted with some white chocolate chunks.
Literally, these brownies take 10 minutes to make with no special equipment needed and no pre-prep planning. Now that’s a recipe I can get behind!
I’ve made both the regular brownies and the Gluten Free version so no one misses out! The Gluten Free information is in bold with the ingredients.
I was delighted to receive some amazing products from the Free’Ist range and set about creating a fun and very simple, no bake recipe that everyone can enjoy. Free’Ist is an Irish company that produce a range of products to help reduce your sugar intake but never compromises on taste. The bonus is that a lot of their products are also gluten free!
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I took the much loved and well known Rice Krispies Squares and adapted them to add some sweet and salty popcorn from Free’Ist and the combination works so well. I also used dairy free butter and milk which worked great.
I saw this recipe in Olive Magazine – olive Magazine Recipes and Travel and Restaurant Tips – olivemagazine and kept it in my virtual back pocket to give it a go. The recipe is originally a regular one and very tasty so I made two versions to keep everyone happy. One regular and one Gluten Free
They are full of white chocolate teamed with raspberry jam and topped with childhood (and lots of adults) favourites, Jammie Dodgers. If you are making the Gluten Free version, you can get your biscuits here from Holland & Barrett Prewett’s Jammy Wheels 160g | Holland & Barrett (hollandandbarrett.ie)
I love this recipe as you don’t need any equipment. It’s all done in a large saucepan so very handy!
These amazingly good cookies are chewy with a little bit of crunch and are packed full of delicious ingredients like coconut and pecans. Of course they also have cornflakes! Yes the humble cornflake cereal has been given a boost here and has become a little star in the making.
Interestingly, you would think the cornflakes would get soft and sort of soggy but no, they keep their crispiness and add a perfect balance of chewy and crispy to these sweet and oh so good cookies. It’s really hard to stop at just one … you have been warned!
I’ve given the recipe for making regular cookies and also for Gluten and Dairy Free options too so everyone can enjoy them.