Rain, rain go away... but seriously, can the rain go away?!? If you live on the East Coast, chances are you know what I'm talking about... the never ending rain. In fact, there are few things that are more depressing than opening the weather on your phone and seeing a week full of clouds. Especially when society tells us that we should be out picking apples or taking pictures at pumpkin patches in our fall boots and favorite flannel shirt.
Okay, but weather aside... It's FALL! And fall means new seasonal ingredients are available like organic apples, cranberries, squash, PUMPKIN, pears and so much more! This week I'm coming at you with one of the "cleanest" cookie recipes I've ever developed: Cranberry Pistachio Cookies. These cookies are oil and refined sugar-free and require only a few simple ingredients.
What makes these cookies so delicious is their almond flour base. For those of you who haven't baked with almond flour (or for that matter heard of it), it's flour made out of ground almonds. Although it can be expensive, almond flour is a great way to reduce carbs in baking as well as supply a healthier energy source, making dessert more nutritious!
Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
Makes 12 Cookies
Time: 20 Minutes
1 cup finely ground almond flour
1/4 cup + 2 tbs whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons pitted pistachios
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.) Place the almond flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt into a medium size bowl and mix.
3.) Add the honey, unsweetened apple sauce and vanilla to the dry mix and stir until blended. Once the batter has formed, mix in the cranberries and pistachios.
4.) Roll the dough into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball slightly so that it resembles a cookie and bake for 12-14 minutes until the tops of the cookies are slightly golden.
5.) Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.
Nutrition Facts (per cookie)
102 calories, 5g fat, 13g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, 3g protein