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Buckwheat Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

Posted Apr 25 2012 4:00am

Try making these healthy, vegan, gluten-free cookies on a rainy afternoon with your children. They will surely brighten your day! Recipes made with freshly ground buckwheat flour (from raw groats) do not require the addition of xanthan gum in order to hold together without crumbling. Buckwheat is a grain that is quite often heavily contaminated with gluten grains so be sure to purchase your groats from a certified gluten-free mill, such as Bob's Red Mill .

I use the dry container of my Vita-Mix to make homemade buckwheat flour. It quickly grinds up into a soft, non-gritty flour. You can use a coffee grinder too if you don't own a high-powered blender. Store the flour in a glass jar in your pantry for up to 3 months, or freeze it for longer storage.

Buckwheat Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

Our children love these cookies packed in their lunchbox or for an after school snack with a cup of warm herb tea. In these photos we used a homemade blueberry-honey jam , but you could use any sugar-free, fruit-sweetened jam. If you prefer to use something other than pecans then feel free to experiment. Walnuts, hazelnuts, or sunflower seeds would all work. I use the dry container of my Vita-Mix to grind nuts to a very fine meal, but a food processor or coffee grinder works as well.

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups freshly ground buckwheat flour
1 cup raw pecans, finely ground
2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Wet Ingredients: 
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla

Other Ingredients:
sugar-free jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet with coconut oil.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the wet and stir together with a spoon.

Form dough into balls and place onto the cookie sheet. Make an indent in each cookie with your thumb (you can have your child do this). Then drop a small spoonful of jam into each thumbprint. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Timing will depend on the size of your cookies.

Yield: 12 to 15 cookies

More Cookie Recipes:
Banana Coconut Cookies
Sunflower Seed Cookies
Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

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