It's time for another recipe from my special diets file!

Oatmeal-to-Go Cookies
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, with Egg-free Option)

Inspired by a recipe for Cardamom Oatmeal Cookies in the Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites cookbook, these cookies make a healthy grab-and-go snack or breakfast. They freeze well and thaw in about fifteen minutes, so keep them on hand for mornings when you're running late, or to take along on hikes.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1 egg or 1/3 packet unflavored gelatin dissolved in 1/3 cup boiling water
3/4 cups applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
3/4 cup chopped trail mix (or make your own custom blend of dried fruit
and nuts or seeds)

Preheat the oven to 350°.

1. In a large bowl, beat egg or (warm) gelatin mixture until frothy. Add applesauce, oil, vanilla, and brown sugar, mixing well. Add the trail mix, stirring to moisten and distribute it evenly.

2. In a separate bowl, blend the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the flour mixture to the applesauce mixture, blending well. Stir in rolled oats.

3. On a nonstick cookie sheet, drop generous tablespoonfuls of cookie dough, spacing about 3 inches apart.

4. Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes, until cookies are lightly browned and spring back at a touch. Cool on sheet for a few minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack.

Note: For a less-sweet cookie, substitute 1/3 cup unfiltered apple cider plus 1 tablespoon molasses for the brown sugar. You may need to add a little more apple cider until the mixture has the correct moisture, depending on the gluten free flour you used.

Other special diet recipes on my blog:
No-Fuss Chocolate Cake (Gluten free, dairy free, egg free)
Gluten-Free Drop Scones (with a dairy free option)


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