• Hannah Faith

GF + Vegan Fall Pantry Cookie

Updated: Mar 29

Hello Friends,

I think its time to break out the cookie recipes again! It's fall season, my absolute favorite, but this year I am determined to make the array of sweaters people are wearing not the only conversation starter, but instead tasty holiday-filled eats you can share with the family or keep all to yourself.

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This week the recipe I am wanting to share with all is indeed a delightful, delicious, lip licking cookie but with a slight twist. You can eat them for breakfast, use them as a topping to your favorite yogurt, make them a regular any time of the day pick me up with a cup of tea, or, and I am totally serious, use them as dog treats for the pets we all try so hard not to spoil. Did I mention I love multi-purpose baking?

One of the reasons I love to make things that can be utilized for many different things is because it helps prevent unwanted food waste.

Something all of us are guilty of is making something, tossing it in a container then not touching it for a couple of weeks and by then it has become an identical twin to that fourth-grade science experiment no one in the family talks about. With plant-based eating, recipes, and baked goods it becomes very easy to use and reuse something you have cooked up for all sorts of things because things simply just don't go bad as fast. Animal products have a tendency to spoil some of our favorite baked goods or recipes within a week, while recipes and even plant-based products can last up to weeks even months in the fridge.

Also when you have something that can be eaten in many different ways, little to none of it ends up in the garbage can which is another way food waste builds up. Tossing things in the trash can is something many people don't pay attention to, but over time the impact it has is more extensive than we may know.

What about composting? Like I could forget this amazing way to limit food waste in your kitchen! If this is something you use in your household, claps to you but to all of you who are unfamiliar with what composting is allow me to explain. Composting is a method for treating solid waste, breaking down organic material by microorganisms to a point where it can be safely stored, handled, and applied to the environment in different ways. Composting is an essential part of reducing our household waste and it's really not that hard at all to start doing. It decreases food waste because just like this recipe it repurposes the food that would normally end up in a landfill and uses it for things like gardens, and similar to recycling it can actually be used to make bags and compostable packaging by companies all over the world. Composting is something many states, cities, and counties have actively pursued all over the United States and abroad because of how it environmentally beneficial but also how it helps promote sustainability in a time overwhelmed by the threat of a rapidly changing climate.

A fun tangent, but onward to the cookies! They are the whole reason your reading this in the first place but where I can share tidbits of knowledge with you all about ways to improve and help create a healthy lifestyle, I absolutely will continue to do so.

These cookies are super easy, involve minimal equipment, and within just 30-35 minutes there out of the oven and ready to be eaten by the many.

One of my favorite things about this cookie is that it's not loaded with a ton of artificial sugar or sweeteners. A problem that I have had for years is digesting sugary treats purely because of their sugar content. It never went over well and the way it messed with my blood sugar levels was always something that left me crawled up in a ball underneath a blanket on the couch, sugertose as I like to call it. So yes, I use a sweetener in these cookies but one that is as plain and simple as a sweetener can possibly be.

Organic Grade A Maple Syrup. This is one of my favorite secret weapons in low sugar treats. It's my main go-to but one of the other favorites that I absolutely love because of how it is low glycemic is Coconut sugar. Coconut sugar contains healthy fats that are known to help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease. It's the safer option when it comes to keeping your gut healthy, preventing colon cancer, and maintaining balanced blood sugar. That being said, it is still considered a sugar alternative, so I use it sparingly but every so often particularly if I am wanting one of my recipes to be sweeter then maple syrup as a main source of sweetness would be able to provide.

Something else I am also a stickler about is trying to pack in the protein into all my plant-based recipes. Nut or seed butter, seeds, and goji berries are all great sources of organic protein and are a big piece of what made this recipe such a hit in my family.

I used sunbutter in my recipe because of my sensitivity to nuts. Migraines you got to love them right? But I actually really love how the sunbutter made them taste overall. I use it a lot in my breakfast recipes, mainly because of the protein piece but also I am a "nut", no pun intended, when it comes to seedy flavor, that sweet but salty kick in food. Sunflower seed butter is also loaded in a bunch of healthy fats, along with vitamin E, and magnesium. The protein and healthy fats keep you feeling full and energized which is exactly the feeling you want to have in the morning. So is the main staple breakfast go-to? For me yes! But whole organic peanut butter or just the straight-up seeds are great too.

So what makes this a fall cookie you might be asking or thinking out loud to yourself. Well, it wouldn't be a true fall season cookie without the pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice! I swear these three elements make biting into these cookies like tasting Christmas or thanksgiving. Raw pumpkin has only 15 calories per 1/2 cup and is full of iron, zinc, and fiber. It's high in vitamin C and beta carotene. Pumpkin is also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, substances that may help prevent the formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

All these positive health benefits and you get to say it all came from a cookie. I call that win. They taste amazing and will be the perfect thing to kick off your start to the holiday season, which is right around the corner. Christmas lists already? Well, when Target has already put out their winter collection and Starbucks is offering those pumpkin spiced lattes, I guess it's only a matter of time before the holidays are upon us.

Enjoy, be creative, add things that make your heart and taste buds smile because that's the whole point of eating a cookie in the first place.

Till next time,

Hannah Faith

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