So excited to share this nut-free, dairy free and starch free cookie recipe and to introduce you to Red Ape Cinnamon! I randomly came across this company and was so thrilled I did! They have an organic cinnamon that is sustainably harvested that is slowly ground to sweet, fragrant perfection. If it's good enough for some of the most discerning chefs, it must be good enough for us! For any of you that have been to Portland, you know of the famous Salt & Straw and Scoop Shop Ice Cream shops. They use Red Ape Cinnamon in their Snickerdoodle ice cream....yum!!! Why Red Ape...5% of the profits from their cinnamon products go to protecting orangutans and their habitat. A portion of the funds also go towards adopting orangutans. So not only are their products fantastic, but they are also doing great things for the environment!
Cinnamon has many health benefits including decreasing blood sugar levels, but not all cinnamon is created equal! I actually just heard something this morning that cheaper cinnamon like the brand you buy in huge containers at Costco, usually aren't made completely of cinnamon! Yes it may taste good from the cinnamon flavor they add, but you certainly aren't getting the health benefits! Besides the amazing taste of Red Ape Cinnamon, another bonus is that you don't need very much to add incredible flavor.
You can read more about Red Ape Cinnamon and how it came to be on their website. It is not just cinnamon, they have a variety of awesome and unique spice blends that all include cinnamon. I used their Premium Ground Cinnamon and their Cinnamon Sugar Shake in this cookie recipe. Stay tuned later this week for a savory recipe using another one of their spice blends! And......one of you lucky readers is going to win a jar of each of their products!!! Comment on this post or on Kate's Healthy Cupboard Facebook where the recipe has been posted and let us know what product you can't wait to try from Red Ape Cinnamon!!! Please go like Red Ape Cinnamon on Facebook, follow them on Pinterest and check out their website for more cinnamon recipes. I will randomly select a winner on Monday, March 31st! You will have two chances to win, comment on this post and on the upcoming savory post later this week!!
If you have been grain free for a while, you know it's hard to replicate glutinous dessert recipes exactly. Almond flour does a pretty good job and so does adding some starch, but I am really trying to create some nut free, low carb options for people. This Snickerdoodle Recipe will definitely cure your sweet tooth, they almost melt in your mouth from the coconut butter...Enjoy!
Recipe: Flourless Nut Free Snickerdoodle CookiesIngredients
Makes about 12
Cinnamon Coating**:Quick Notes:
- 1 cup coconut creme/butter*, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup granulated sweetener (I used Swerve for no sugar option)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (gluten and corn free)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
*I order coconut creme from Tropical Traditions or you can usually find the Artisana Brand at Whole Foods or other natural grocery stores. The top layer is coconut oil, so you may need to scrape that off to get to the creme, but save the oil for another use. I soften it by placing the jar in a small saucepan of simmering water.
**You can use any combo of cinnamon and sugar in a 1:1 ratio but use a bit more sugar than cinnamon)
- In a mixing bowl or food processor, combine the coconut butter/creme, egg (whisked if using a bowl) and vanilla
- Add the 1/2 cup sugar, soda, powder and salt, mix well. Make sure no clumps remain in dough
- In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar mixture for the coating
- Roll the dough into one inch or larger dough balls. If batter is too runny from the coconut creme, place it in the frig for a few minutes to harden
- Roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar mix and coat well. I sort of mashed it into each ball and then rerolled each ball
- Place the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet and press down with the palm of your hand. Cookies should not spread much unless batter is really soft
- Take the leftover cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkle it over top the cookies
- Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes
- Remove from heat and let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet until they are set up. They will fall apart if you try to remove them when hot
- Place on a cooling rack to finish setting up
If you want to try Swerve or need to order more, use coupon code KATE10 for a 10% discount. Swerve is my favorite sugar replacement. It is the only sugar alcohol that will not cause tummy troubles and it does not raise blood glucose levels.
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