Peanut butter and jam cookies

Peanut butter and jam cookies

Peanut butter is one of those foods right up there with chocolate. Creamy, delicious, fattening and all over the place when it comes to health claims. Is it healthy or not? It seems every week new article are published citing health benefits and health concerns pertaining to the stuff.

I’m of the camp that believes a diet rich in variety is the key to health. As long as any allergies or intolerances are avoided, food should be explored, enjoyed and consumed with gratitude. Bottom line… peanut butter is delicious and a girls gotta eat.

These cookies are a childhood favorite reinvented into a perfect little dessert. As with most of my recipes they are free of gluten and dairy but can’t make the claim of being paleo due to the legume-iness of peanuts. They are simple to make, contain just 5 ingredients and come together in a snap.

The jam filling is optional. These cookies really are amazing all on their own, but this rhubarb vanilla jam from Worthy seriously takes them to the next level. This is the best jam I have ever tried. hands. down. and you can order it directly through my friend Ashlee’s etsy shop here. I am not an affiliate for her… I just really like her jam!

Ingredients:

1 cup natural peanut butter

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions :

Preheat your oven to 325

Cream the peanut butter and sugar together. If your peanut butter is unsalted or if you like a bit of extra salt with your sweet you can also add 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (recommended)

Stir in the egg, vanilla and baking soda. It should start to thicken up as it comes together.

Scoop out rough tablespoons of the dough, gently flatten them with a fork to about 1/4 ” thick.

Bake 10 minutes.

Allow to cool fully before spreading with jam and assembling your ‘sandwiches’. They are crumbly when warm but cool into the perfect hold-in-your-hand, soft, chewy cookies that you would expect from even the most glutenous and refined sugar rich recipe.

Some other delicious filling ideas are; Nutella, coconut whip cream or even more peanut butter. If you’re a pb fan, get into the kitchen and make these asap! And if you love them please pin and share.

Toasted nut and seed crackers grain free – paleo – primal

Toasted nut and seed crackers grain free – paleo – primal
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I used to love a certain brand of seedy, nutty, toasted crackers.  On days that I was feeling particularly ballin, I would toss a couple packs in my grocery cart like it was nbd and then start to sweat a little when I got to the till.  They aren’t cheap.

As I’ve learned more about nutrition in my own healing quest, I’ve realized, they also aren’t really as healthy as the price tag might have you believe.  I mean the first ingredient is wheat flour, c’mon.

But I still salivate a bit when I pass them in the cracker isle and I finally decided to create my own grain free version.

Much to my relief they turned out GREAT on the first shot.  (There’s nothing worse than making a big old batch of dog poo out of expensive ingredients)

So if you want to have some crunchy, chewy, sweet, savory, snackable, and very impressive little morsels in your pantry, I’m here to help.

These have the perfect flavour, but the texture is slightly more crumbly than the originals.  I also found it very hard to slice super thin so they did end up a bit thicker than I had hoped.  I’m sure a high quality knife would do the trick and it’s on my birthday list!

Thick or thin, they hold up amazing with red pepper jelly and cashew cheese, or whatever else you want to throw at them, and are guaranteed to be gone before you know it.

I’ve done the testing so you don’t need to take any chances with your one million dollar paleo flour, these are sure to please.  Enjoy!

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Healthier Toasted seed crackers (raincoast crisps*)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cassava flour

1/4 cup almond flour

2 tbsp ground flax

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp coconut sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp water

2 tbsp fat (I like grass fed butter but coconut oil is great too)

1/2 cup soaked chopped almonds

1/2 cup soaked pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup dried fruit chopped ( I used half cranberries and half cherries)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the wet ingredients.
  4. Toss in the chopped nuts/seeds/ and dried fruit.
  5. Lightly oil a mini loaf pan and line the bottom in parchment (helps make removing the toast easier)
  6. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
  7. Turn don oven to 300
  8. Remove the toast, allow to cool and freeze for about an hour (let it get nice and solid).
  9. Using a super sharp serrated knife slice as thin as humanly possible.
  10. Place slices on parchment lined sheet pans and toast in a 300 degree oven until crisp 15-20 minutes.
  11. Enjoy with your favorite vegan cheese, jam, real cheese, sliced prosciutto, hummus or whatever the heck you like to eat.