Healthy Cookie Recipes – Vegan and Gluten Free

Vegan cookies, gluten-free cookies, wheat-free cookies…healthy cookie recipes are easy to make if you are willing to experiment with a few alternative quality ingredients. Agave nectar is the perfect sweetener for such baked treats. Not only because of its superiority to refined sugars, but also for its moisture-retaining qualities.

Healthy Cookie Recipes Can Be Made Without Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Or Milk!

Let’s start with a solid base of ground nuts. We can use whatever fits best our personal preferences and budget. Pecans tend to be a bit more expensive than almonds and hazelnuts (filberts), walnuts are often on sale or available at a less expensive regular price. Always buy bulk, and halves and pieces are just fine. No need to get whole nuts since we ground them up anyway.

A good cookie recipe should include some fat. As we want to keep this healthy, nutritious, and acceptable for vegans, let’s forget about the butter and choose instead almond, cashew, or peanut butter, or a combination thereof. If you don’t like the flavor or price of nut butters, substitute with organic canola oil.

Great, but what about the flour if we want to make gluten-free cookies? The answer is: organic brown rice flour! Works like a charm and is much healthier than white flour.

Next up: which sweetener? As stated above, agave nectar is a great sweetener for baked goods. Similar to honey, it helps retain the moisture in cookies and cakes. It also blends quickly and easily with all other ingredients for a well-mixed batter.

To add flavor to this basic healthy cookie mix, use some vanilla or almond extract, ground cinnamon, crushed anise seeds, and a pinch of salt, of course.

And to add even more nutritional value, consider lightly toasted rolled oats, raisins, sesame seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. My goodness…what to do with all that energy?

Why This Is An Easy Healthy Cookie Recipe For Vegan Cookies And Gluten-Free Cookies

We don’t really need a recipe for these incredible power morsels of nutrition. It all depends on what we have on hand, or what we like to eat, or what we want to buy. Here is a simple recipe template utilizing the ingredients discussed above:

  • 4 cups ground nuts
  • 1 cup nut butter or 1/2 cup organic canola oil
  • 1 cup organic brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cups agave nectar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed anise seeds, cardamom, or other spices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup each raisins or toasted oats or seeds

The individual ingredient quantities don’t really matter that much. The template is just a general guide line. Our goal is to mix a batter that holds its shape when divided into cookie-size balls. We might have to add a little water if the mix is too dry and crumbly. Or, we might have to add more brown rice flour to a wet and sloppy batter.

This is the best part: As we are not using raw eggs, we can taste our cookie batter before we bake it off! Add more agave nectar if you like it sweeter, more spices or seeds, until you are happy!

Important points for the baking process!

  • Place 2-inch balls on a parchment-lined cookie pan and flatten lightly with a fork (similar to making peanut butter cookies, dip the fork in cold water before pressing it on the cookie portions)
  • Use a fairly low oven temperature: 8-10 minutes at 300-325 degrees; agave nectar browns a little faster than sugar, so keep an eye on your cookies and don’t let them get too dark on the bottom!
  • Remember, there are no raw eggs in our batter; we won’t have to bake it completely through. A lightly “under-baked” interior is wonderful!

So, be adventurous and experiment with a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, spices, and whatever you love in your gourmet vegan cookie. As long as you don’t burn them black, they will always be good eating. And because they are so healthy and nutritious, they’ll be good for you, too!

Pumpkin Cookie and Mincemeat Cookie Recipes

Here are my mother’s pumpkin cookie recipe and mincemeat cookie recipe. She would bake these particular cookies during the holidays. She worked in the home. So, quite often when I would return from school in the afternoon, she would have a batch of cookies made. As I entered the house, it would smell so inviting.

I have chosen these two recipes because they bring back my memories of home and fall. I hope you enjoy them.

Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 package butterscotch morsels

Mix all the ingredients in the order given. Then, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes. You may substitute raisins, pecans or coconut for the butterscotch chips. This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.

Mincemeat Drop Cookies

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 well-beaten eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 9-oz. package dry mincemeat
  • Grated rind of one lemon
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup nuts

First you cream shortening and sugar together. Then add the eggs and beat well. Next, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add half of the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and add the finely crumbled mincemeat, lemon rind and water. Stir this mixture until blended. Finally, add the nuts and remaining flour mixture and mix well. Drop the dough from a teaspoon onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees to 10 to 15 minutes. You may use one cup of canned mincemeat instead of the dry mincemeat. This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.

Easy Cookie Recipes Make For Fun in the Kitchen

Admit it: You love cookies. I love cookies too, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I mean look – they’re tasty, sweet bites of perfection, when they’re made right – and that makes for a wonderful meal-ender. If you’re like me, then time is at a premium, and you don’t have a whole lot of it to spare on recreational things like baking cookies. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for easy cookie recipes…in particular, quick easy cookie recipes!

Another reason I look for easy cookie recipes is that I have a 2 ½-year-old son who loves to cook and bake, whether in his own little pretend kitchen (which has an oven, a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator) or for real with Mommy and Daddy. He stands on his step stool and proudly wears his monkey apron to help measure, pour, mix, and whatever else we’ll let him do. One of the funniest things is that when he’s cooking in his own kitchen, he narrates what he’s doing. Take THAT, Next Food Network Star wannabes!

Not too long ago, I found myself searching for some easy sugar cookie recipes, thinking they would be a refreshing change from the usual chocolate chip cookies that we make. Not that there is anything at all wrong with chocolate chip cookies – we all love them at my house – but I figured it would be a good idea to  introduce my son to the wider world of easy cookie recipes that’s out there. There are dozens of easy sugar cookie recipes out there on the web, so that’s a great place to start.  Even though the Traditional Rolled Sugar Cookies recipe might look like it’s complicated, it really does fall into what I would consider an “easy sugar cookie recipes” category. You basically just mix the stuff, stick it in the fridge, then roll it, cut it, and bake it. Of course, the most fun part of making these is the decorating, and since my little guy loves his art projects, we’ll go with the edible paint.

In my quest for easy cookie recipes, I’ve also found some that don’t even require baking. They do require some stove top time, but even that is minimal. Now that summer seems to finally be here, this no-bake thing seems like a pretty good idea. Plus, these seem to be super easy cookie recipes, with most of them having the same basic ingredients. My son will still get to help “cook,” naturally, even though there isn’t a whole lot of cooking involved. He is an excellent mixer, and maybe I’ll let him help spoon the cookies onto the cookie sheets. That should be interesting! Messy, but interesting. I sometimes think that the messier he gets, the better day he has had! He is a lot like Adrian Monk (of TV show fame), so I’m sure he’ll want to wash his hands at the first possible interlude. That’s OK – I think my younger son is heading to be the opposite, so at least I’ll have one clean kid!