Thursday, June 11, 2015

allergy-friendly pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Thanks to Calvin's unhappy guts, I've had to make some sacrifices to be able to continue nursing my little babe. I am now soy, dairy, egg and wheat free. So... basically no cakes, cookies, cheese, ice cream, processed foods, delicious bread, wonderful donuts.. Everything I sustained myself on during pregnancy is now off limits.
I don't really miss cheese- amazingly- but I do miss a nice, delicious chocolate chip cookie. The recipes I've found use expensive ingredients- almond meal, coconut flour, Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread, palm oil vegetable shortening.. And they taste like poo. I've been experimenting with recipes trying to come up with a delicious CHEAP cookie and finally baked one that I love! Thanks to the flax eggs and oat flour it has two components that typically make up lactation cookies, so I also added in Brewer's Yeast to make it a well-rounded lactation cookie. Of course, leave out the Brewer's Yeast if you're not breastfeeding. Or keep it in! It's a great source of B vitamins and chromium for everyone.

Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin (lactation) Cookies

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oat flour (use GF oats if avoiding gluten)*
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  1. Mix the flaxseed and water together in a small bowl- set aside for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix flax mix, pumpkin, honey and brown sugar until combined. 
  2. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Mix into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for an hour.
  3. Scoop dough with a cookie scoop and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet- lightly flatten tops (cookies will not spread). Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Makes 18 cookies.

Lactation variation: add 2 tablespoons Brewer's Yeast & an extra tablespoon of pumpkin.

*oat flour is just oats that have been blended in a blender or food processor into powder. You can buy oat flour pre-ground or save some cash and process it yourself.

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