My second son Zev was born on Saturday, April 21st. It was an incredible experience as he was born at home in water after only 5 hours in labor (it was so quick compared to the 22 hours I was in labor with Isaac!) Before giving birth I read a post on my friend Ali's blog about using a mild form of the elimination diet to help babies transition into digestion (see her post here: www.nourishingmeals.com ). I created these cookies with easy nursing baby foods in mind. This recipe has no dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, corn, or nuts and is vegan for those avoiding animal products all together. For people not avoiding these foods, chocolate chips can be pressed into the tops of the cookies before baking.
3/4 cup fresh ground buckwheat flour
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flax (preferably golden) whisked together well with 3 tablespoons hot water
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, gently melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk flax and hot water together making sure to break up any clumps that the ground flax seed forms. Let this mixture sit while you combine the rest of the wet ingredients in another medium sized bowl. Add the flax gel to the wet and whisk well. Combine wet and dry ingredients and work dough until everything is incorporated. I use my hands to sort of knead/mix the dough.Using a tablespoon, drop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and press a bit into a cookie shape. Bake for 13-15 minutes. We like to add chocolate chips to some of the cookies so we press them into the top before baking.
yield: 12-15 cookies
note: I use raw buckwheat and grind it using the dry blade of my Vitamix blender. The recipe could work using store bought buckwheat flour but I have not tried it yet. Let me know if you do and how it turns out!