Something Gluten Free for a cup of tea…
If you are a keen baker like myself, it’s incredibly frustrating when you get the baking urge to find out that your food cupboard really isn’t in the baking mood. No eggs, no butter, no mix of flours. After a weekend of actually doing a spring clean of my food cupboards it was looking rather bare, but instead of shunning away the idea of having no tasty treats to nibble on over the weekend i took this as part of a challenge to make cookies with what little i did have in the cupboard. If it wasn’t for the 75grams of Almond Butter these cookies probably wouldn’t have been made, so thankfully my husband didn’t nab the last tablespoons for his toast that morning!
I call these cookies, but they are rather a mix between a cookie and a cakey biscuit. There is no snap but rather a nice scone like texture on the outside and soft in the middle. These are perfect as a substitute for that small glutened biscuit served with tea in coffee shops or in restaurants at the end of the meal.
I added a few gluten free oats to give them a more rustic texture and cereal taste -which goes perfectly with honey but if you can’t tolerate any oats at all, simple replace them with flour. The lime zest is optional but i really feel it gives it an usual zesty twist but feel free to experiment with adding lemon or orange instead:)
This is a great recipe for those avoiding dairy, egg’s and gluten and the honey also acts as a nice alternative to white cane sugar.
Beware they are addictive.
Honey and Oat Almond Butter Cookies with Lime Zest
Makes around 15 little cookies. 2inch in size.
190g Gluten Free Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon of Xanthan Gum
25g Gluten Free Oats
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
75g natural almond butter
210ml of Honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 & 1/2 Limes.
Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix your Flour, Xanthan Gum, Oats, Sea Salt and Baking Powder into a bowl and give this a good whisk round until completely combined.
In a measuring jug, mix the Almond butter, Honey and Vanilla Extract and give it a good mix around. You can do this in a separate small bowl but i find using the jug easier to measure as i go along.
Pour the butter and honey mixture into the flour mixture and mix in with cold hands until fully combined. The mixture should be doughy with a floury texture still.
Grate in the zest of 1 Lime and mix into the mixture well with a cold spoon.
Shape out small tablespoon sized balls in your hands and lay these out on to a sheet. Press down slightly with the back of a spoon or fork. No need to worry too much about spacing as these will not expand much but keep about a 2cm distance apart from each one.
Grate over the remaining Lime Zest and Pop them in the oven for 10 mins, they should be just browning on top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before removing.
A Lovely accompaniment with any Herbally tea, especially Raspberry or Cranberry flavours.