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Baking without wheat flour, leavening, or table sugar

You don't even have to use white or wheat flour or fats and oils such as cheap supermarket-type shortening varieties, corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, or butter. Want fats to grease the bottom of your cookie pan? Try a layer of sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds or ground almonds. There are plenty of bran types, flours, and meals that can be made from nuts, seeds, or legumes, peas, or sweet potatoes without choosing flours containing gluten. If you want a fatty flour, try organic coconut flour. If you want a less fatty flour or meal, try oat bran.

Baking without wheat flour: Vegan alternatives for desserts.
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One example is almond paste. Or sprinkle almond meal on the bottom of a cookie or cake pan instead of spraying oil on the pan. Also, if you want fats, you can use ground almond meal mixed with oat bran instead of wheat flour for baking various types of brownies or chewy, soft cookies. Various seeds, including chia seeds can be sprinkled on the bottom of a cookie pan. You place the dough on top of the seeds.

Rice bran, although slightly bitter tasting or rice polish can be used or a more neutral tasting oat bran instead of wheat flour. You can use an electric coffee grinder to grind sprouted, dehydrated lentils into a course meal or flour. Or you can use garbanzo bean flour with which to bake various desserts.

Hundreds, even thousands of years ago people baked delicious and healthy cookies without adding white table sugar or baking powder. In fact, where there were no chicken eggs, people used flax seed meal to substitute for eggs. Are you looking to bake a cookie without using eggs, table sugar, leavening, salt, or fats?

To form cookies without flour or leavening, you can use meal made of ground seeds and nuts

You can use grain such as oat bran or meal such as corn meal. Or if you don't eat grains, try ground up almonds and walnuts with chia seeds mixed with garbanzo bean flour or coconut flour.

Vegan fig cookies without eggs, sugar or white flour taste delicious in my opinion. Chop up a cup of black dried mission figs. In a bowl, put in a cup of ground walnuts and almonds. Add 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds. If your child is not eating any bran or grain, substitute coconut flour for the oat bran in the recipe and garbanzo bean flour for the corn meal. Otherwise, a combination of ground walnuts and almonds, chia seeds, flax seed meal, and sesame seeds mixed with oat bran and corn meal make excellent cookies when the liquid consist of pureed peeled carrots and bananas as a sweetener.

No eggs are needed and no baking powder or salt

You can grind the nuts in a coffee grinder or dry grinder such as as Vita-Mix dry grinder container. Add 3 tablespoons of flax seed meal. Now add a cup of oat bran and a 1/2 cup of corn meal. Mix the dry ingredients. Add a tablespoon or two of chia seeds. Add a pinch of cinnamon or a mixture of powdered cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to the batter. For liquid, kids not drinking dairy products or kefir can have unsweetened almond milk or carrot juice or coconut water as the liquid to add to the batter.

The dried organic figs you use can be moist, like the black mission figs sold by Nuts Online. See the site, Dried Figs - NutsOnline. When we order figs, we buy the five pound bag. They are moist, organic, and delicious. Keep them in the refrigerator when you get them, whether you open the bag right away or not.

The dried figs you slice or chop up for your cookies first need to be moist to the bite. With other brands, you may need to soak them first and then drain out the water from the figs. You could also use raisins in your cookies or soaked dehydrated goji berries. Or simply sweeten with the combination of carrots and bananas pureed.

If your own brand of figs you find in stores is too dried, soak overnight in water in the refrigerator in a covered glass jar and drain before chopping or slicing the figs for the cookies

Now blend a cup of peeled, baby organic carrots and 3 bananas in your blender with some liquid such as almond milk, water, or fruit juice. Add these wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well and let stand five minutes to settle. Add the chopped figs to the mixture. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil.

Form balls and flatten them on the cookie sheet. Dust top of the cookies with another small pinch of cinnamon or your favorite spices such as a mixture of powdered cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Just a pinch here and there to cover the cookies.

Form into round shapes. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F. until solid all the way through to the touch and light golden brown on the underside. Serve warm with herb tea or your favorite beverage. The figs and bananas and the carrots sweeten these cookies. No sugar or eggs needed and no salt or baking powder.

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