Almond Cherry Breakfast Cookies – Gluten Free!

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

After the zillionth time of eating all of Lucy’s toddler cookies, I realized I probably needed some healthy cookies of my own. If I can grab a cookie for breakfast, and save time usually spent making oatmeal, eggs, or even something as simple as toast, my mornings are so much more enjoyable! The cookies I had been making for Lucy had peanut butter in them, but I wanted to try a recipe with almond and cherries instead. I loved both recipes, but man, you put cherries in something? And it’s bound to be a favorite of mine.

Check out the recipe below to make your own low-sugar, gluten-free breakfast cookies. If you don’t like cherries or almonds, you can sub raisins and peanut butter instead! If you aren’t concerned about gluten, then use regular oats and whole grain flour. Either way- they’re a tasty and healthy way to start the morning! (Nutritional information is also listed below.)

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Cherry Breakfast Cookies
Yields 18
A delicious, guilt-free and easy start to your morning!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 2/3 cup almond butter
  3. 2/3 cup apple sauce (don't use chunky apple sauce)
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1/4 cup raw sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
  8. 2 2/3 cups gluten-free oats
  9. 1 1/3 cups sorghum flour
  10. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  11. 3/4 cup dried cherries
  12. 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda with the flour and then add the oats. Chop the dried cherries into small and medium sized pieces, and add along with the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  3. Drop the cookies onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or cooking spray. These won't really grow much, so don't worry about leaving much space in between. I made my cookies on the larger size, making 18 cookies altogether. Top the cookie drops with sliced almonds, and then flatten and shape with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Almonds are arguably full of healthier fats and better cholesterol than peanut butter, which is why I wanted to try almond cookies in place of the peanut butter ones I had been making. If you’re not afraid of the deliciousness of peanut butter, you should try this recipe with peanut butter instead- it’s super delicious! But these almond breakfast cookies are hearty, a bit dense, and full of natural sources for what your body needs to start the day. Each cookie had about 200 glorious calories, 32 carbs, 8 grams of healthy fat, 9 grams of protein, 56 grams of sodium, 11 grams of sugar, and lots of fiber. You can cut down on some of the sodium (and dollars) by making your own almond butter and apple sauce- it’s a great weekend activity!

I imagine these cookies would keep for about a week on the counter, but they’re pretty moist, so if you want to keep them around longer than that, keep them refrigerated or frozen. You might want to keep them in the freezer just to stop yourself from eating them all!

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies

Art Journaling // March 2014

Art Journal Scrapbook

Whenever things get extra heavy in my heart, I turn to art. Actually, if I’m being honest, I’d say I turn to paper and glue. I delve deep into boxes of paper scraps to create my own form of artistic expression, if not actual art. Some people turn to music to connect their heart and their mind- to help them meditate, to communicate their feelings to God, to themselves, or both. For me, it’s paper and glue. You do what you gotta do, right? At least I’m letting my feelings out in a healthy way.

It’s been a while since I shared any of my art journal pages, so I thought it was about time to lay it all out there again! It’s always good to make time to journal- I hope you can be inspired to destroy your dining room table and really get it on with some pens, paint, and words.

Art Journal Scrapbook

Art Journal Scrapbook

Art Journal Scrapbook

WHAT I WORE: Green & Black

Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest

What did you do for St. Patrick’s day this past week? I stayed inside all day, wearing not a stitch of green. Drank no green beer. Drank not one beer. In fact, this French, German protestant American would probably have forgotten about the holiday altogether if the whole of social media hadn’t been arguing over the correct spelling of St. Paddy’s. But if I had celebrated, wouldn’t this crazy giraffesque-print dress have been the perfect outfit? Maybe next year, eh?

Ah, who am I kidding? Green beer probably won’t be happening next year either. Or the year after that. But do let me know if they change St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to include tequila and tacos. I would SO be there.

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

Dress: vintage from Sweet Lorain / Shoes: Franco Sarto / Tights: fleece lined from Hue
Hat: vintage / Scarf: vintage from Canton’s Antique Expo /  Scarf pin: thrifted

Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest

Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest

Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest

Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest

Come to My Style Workshop Next Week!

clothing yourself with confidence

Ever find yourself admiring someone’s style and thinking, “I could never pull that off!” I used to say that quite a bit, before I started really exploring my own personal style and developing confidence along the way. My gals at First Friends in Canton, Ohio asked me to host a workshop at their 2014 Spring Women’s Conference to encourage other women with practical tips for developing their personal style and confidence. I’m so excited! Encouraging other women while talking about how fashion fits into our real lives? It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

I attended my first women’s conference at my church two years ago, and had always thought those events were geared towards older, super Christian women. But the ladies at First Friends just want to put together a refreshing time to connect with other gals over good food and clean fun, with lots of inspirational moments mixed in. If you’re not into the whole church thing, I think you’ll still enjoy the event- it’s jam packed with practical encouragement and fun for all kinds of women! There are a few workshops to choose from- even one that includes a couple of my Italian friends teaching how to make pasta from scratch! Seriously- something for everyone.

The conference takes place at First Friends in Canton, Ohio (on the corner of 55th and Market Ave.) on March 28th & 29th. Cost is only $40, but registration ends this Sunday (March 23). You can check out more information at their website here, and call the church to register. (Psst! Childcare is even provided!)

I hope to see some of you there! I’d love to meet you in person. If you have any questions, feel free to message me or leave a comment below.

Cocktail Hour: THE CLEMENTINI

The Clementini- A martini made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and juice from a clementine

The sweet burst of juice from a cute little clementine almost makes this rough winter worth it. For without winter, we wouldn’t have citrus season! Before we say goodbye to clementines for a while, I wanted to share with you the fresh citrus martini recipe I’ve been developing in my kitchen.

Recently I was surprised to find myself enjoying gin, which I had only welcomed into my bar cabinet for the sake of my friends. But what happens when the vodka unexpectedly runs out? You turn to gin. And well, now I get it. A vodka martini just doesn’t have the same sense of sophistication as one made with gin. While I’m certainly not ignoring gin’s existence any more, I still can’t tolerate too much herbal notes in my adult beverages, so I thought I’d balance out a gin martini with the juice of a sweet clementine. I’ll be honest, I only threw in the bitters because I had just ordered the bottle, and wanted to see how it tied in with the gin and vermouth. Well, folks. I think we have a winner!

The Clementini- A martini made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and juice from a clementineclementini

  • 2-3 oz gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • splash of orange bitters (I used this kind.)
  • 2-3 clementines
  • 2 ice cubes

The Clementini- A martini made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and juice from a clementine

The Clementini- A martini made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and juice from a clementineclementiniUsing a citrus reamer, squeeze the juice from two clementines into the cocktail shaker over two ice cubes. If you want your martini to be less strong, use 3 clementines. Add a three ounces of gin (or two if you prefer a less strong martini), one ounce of vermouth, and splash of orange bitters. Cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until the ice is almost gone. Pour through a mesh strainer into your glass.

Garnish the drink with two floating slices of the clementine. The thinner the slices, the less obtrusive the garnish.

The Clementini- A martini made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and juice from a clementine

This drink really hits the spot that starts to itch this time of year- you know the one. Where you’re dying for the freshness of Spring… You’re staring through the frigid windows at the sun pretending it’s actually warm out there. And the biggest burst of warmth you get inside is from the shipment of clementines that arrived from Florida. It’s okay. Spring’s almost here. But in the meantime, we have the clementini! 

The Clementini- A martini made with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and juice from a clementine

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