I don’t need to avoid wheat because of allergies, but recipes without evil white flour are bound to be a good thing. White flour adds pounds and strips our bodies of vitality, or so we’re told. White sugar, well, that’s not great either, but we’re always going to have a little sugar in our lives, aren’t we. And how much better to have the “real thing” rather than high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners?
I have found several recipes for baked goods without flour that sound yummy. Mind you, I haven’t actually baked any of them yet but I’m going to. And I’d like you to join me in a baking challenge, not for prizes or recognition, of course, but just for fun. Let’s all make these Almond Butter Cookies and report our results back here on Monday, February 27.The following recipe is from Nicole Spiridakis, who writes about food on her blog, http://www.cucinanicolina.com/. She says these Almond Butter Cookies are addictive and also that peanut butter or 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts may be substituted for the slivered almonds. But for our purposes, so that we’re all baking the same thing, let’s stick with the almonds.
Almond Butter Cookies
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir almond butter and sugars together until well combined.
Add egg, baking soda, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and mix well. Stir in the almonds and chocolate chips.
Using a teaspoon, scoop out small, walnut-sized amounts of dough and roll them in your hands to form a ball. Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes.
I’m really looking forward to making these cookies. I hope you will join me! And if we get into this flourless baking thing, I have other recipes to share with you from the above blog: Lemon Cornmeal Cake, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake, Caramel Pots de Crème.
Now if we can find a recipe for Southern Buttermilk Biscuits without flour we’ll be in great shape!