Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Oat Cookies with a Peanut Butter Drizzle

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Happy Sunday everyone! If you're anything like me, you love cookies. I could eat cookies all day everyday, and be the happiest person ever. Except, I'd probably gain lots of weight, and my skin would suffer, and it would just be a bad time. I have figured out the solution... healthy cookies! These vegan and gluten free oat cookies with a peanut butter drizzle are healthy, delicious, and contain no refined sugar! That sounds pretty good to me. pbbanana3

You will need: (makes a dozen cookies)

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 cups of oats

4 tablespoons of peanut butter (any nut butter would work) (and 1 tbsp for the drizzle)

4 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together all of your ingredients until it forms one ball of "dough". Using a tablespoon scooper, measure out your cookies and place onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Once cool, melt some peanut butter and drizzle over the top of each cookie for extra deliciousness and some prettiness.

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These cookies are great to have for breakfast, with an afternoon tea, or even after a workout as they're full of protein and omega. These will become a staple for you if you're a cookie addict like me.

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Morning! What's better than an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie? Maybe a vegan and gluten free one that everyone you know can enjoy! Although this recipe is vegan and gluten free, it couldn't be more simple. These cookies are absolutely delicious, and got the non-Vegan-Gluten-Free person approval. So you know they're good. chocoat2

You will need:

1 cup of oats 1 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill all-purpose flour) 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of chia seeds (If you don't have chia seeds, you can use flax) 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of sea salt 3/4 cup of apple sauce or canola oil 1/3 cup of almond milk 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 - 1 cup of chocolate chips

To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and mix the wet in another. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix well. Add in the chocolate chips.

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Using an ice cream scoop or a rough estimate of 1/4 cup, make balls of dough. Flatten each ball to about 1/4 inch thick and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.

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Once out of the oven, let the cookies cool for at least 20 minutes so they can settle and stick together well. Enjoy!

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Weekend Baking: Madeleines

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Good morning everyone! Have you ever tried Madeleines? If yes, you know just how wonderful they are. If no, go buy a madeleine pan & make these immediately! They're so easy for being a French cookie, and they take only minimal ingredients to make. If you're interested in fluffy yet crisp pillows of wonderfulness then continue reading. madeleines5

You will need:

4 tbsp of melted butter (cooled)

1/2 cup of flour

1/8 tsp of baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Juice of half an orange

2 eggs

1/4 cup of sugar

*NB: This recipe will make about 18 Madeleines, which is roughly one and a half pans.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, preferably an electric stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and orange juice until they become thick, and a pale yellow colour. This should take about 5 minutes or so if mixed on high.

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Pour in the melted butter and mix gently. Fold in the dry ingredients by hand, and don't over mix!

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Fill the moulds 3/4 ways up in the pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until they're slightly golden. madeleines3

Once out of the oven, and left cooled for about 30 seconds, tip over onto a cooling rack. madeleines4

Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Weekend Baking: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies are everyone's favourite so they're the perfect treat to make on the weekend. They're comforting, warm and gooey, but these ones have a bit of a twist! They have sea salt on the tops. I'm a big fan of salty and sweet together in a dessert. These cookies will settle your cravings, and will leave you happy. You will need:

1 cup of softened butter

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp of vanilla extract

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp of salt (plus more sea salt for topping)

2 cups of chocolate chips

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until it becomes fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until it becomes creamy. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in into the wet ingredients gradually. Stir in the chocolate chips. (Its important to stir the chocolate chips in and now beat them because you want the chips to stay whole) I like to use a mini ice cream scooper to portion out the dough and then I roll them into balls. Top each ball with sea salt, and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Let them cool, and enjoy! chocolate chip dough ball2 chocolate chip dough ball1 salt chocolate chip cookies salt chocolate chip cookie

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Weekend Baking: Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Coconut Cookies

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Hello everyone! Happy March! We are officially closer to Spring as of today. I'd like to introduce a new series of posts that will be called Weekend Baking. Weekend Baking posts are comprised of recipes that are super easy, quick, and can be either on the very healthy side or on the kinda naughty side. Either way, they'll let you in on my weekend baking and hopefully it'll inspire you to do some too! Today's recipe is the banana coconut cookie. They're vegan, gluten free, and offer you some healthy brain food while still in a cookie form.

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You will need:

1 banana, mashed.

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/2 cup of almond meal

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

To get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You can easily add all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and combine. Once combined, use a mini scooper or a teaspoon to portion out your cookies and roll them into balls. Bake for about 7-10 minutes.

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These are super simple and full of whole foods. They'll take no time whatsoever, and you can enjoy a freshly baked cookie on the weekend without spending the whole day on them. Enjoy!

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