I just wanted to share this recipe for delicious and healthy Cranberry Lemon cookies. This recipe makes 24 cookies (although I doubled it in order to have plenty to give as gifts).
Nutrition info per cookie: 104 calories, 5 g. fat, 1 g. sat. fat, 13 g. carbs, 1 g. protein, 1 g. fiber, 95 mg. sodium
1 1/3 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I’ve also used very ripe mashed pears)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice plus the grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line two cookies sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl whisk together the brown rice flour, ground flax seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl whisk together the oil, applesauce, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Stir in the cranberries.
Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to scoop the batter onto the cookie sheets. Using damp fingers flatten slightly. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until slightly golden on top. Cool on a wire rack.
I can tell you that these cookies are a real hit with my boyfriend, and the fact that they are so healthy is a real plus! You can also play around with the ingredients, adding nuts or other dried fruit for some variation. Next time I make them I think I’ll try adding some poppy seeds.