Gluten Free Jam Donut Cookies (Dairy Free Option)

As you can see with 3 posts in the past hour or so I have been busy baking today.  The freenut butter cornflake slice is in preparation for the kids school lunch boxes that will be frozen,  I also made these as I had this idea to recreate the good ol’ jam cookie!  The girls really enjoyed helping me make these,  we have a new jam in a squeezy bottle that makes these easy for the kids to help make, without having jam all over the place.   I made this with only 1/2 a cup of sugar, usually cookies have 1 or so cups of sugar.  But next time will try this with honey or rice malt syrup.  But just wanted to see how I went with flavour to get the taste of a donut. This recipe is so basic and really tasty!!  The other recipe I made is soooo amazing and so rich.  Gluten Free too….triple layer peanut butter choc brownies!!

Gluten Free Jam Donut Cookies

2 cups gluten free SR flour
140 grams butter (or dairy free spread)
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Strawberry Jam

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Beat butter and sugar for a couple of minutes in a mixer, add eggs and vanilla and beat til combined. In a separate bowl sift Flour and cinnamon and add to mixing bowl and mix until just combined, making a dough. Roll into balls and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and gently flatten dough a little. Using the back of a wooden spoon create a dent in the centre of each one and drop a little jam in the indent. Bake for about 15-18 minutes.

My younger girls helped make these cookies and they helped set up the photo too, hence the lalaloopsy!

jam donut cookies

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Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are fit for the King…..Elvis that is!    Goodluck trying to make these last,  these cookies are really yummy and a great healthy snack for the kids.  I made this before taking the kids to school thismorning and I was lucky to actually get any cookies from these at all.  Using 2 bowls you mix the dry ingredients then in another mix the wet.  That might not be such a good idea as what goes in the wet bowl all mix together is absolutely awesome.  Mashed banana, peanut butter, honey & vanilla….all mixed in and seriously you will just be standing there eating it by the spoonful!  So maybe its best you dont taste test the ingredients in the wet bowl otherwise you might not be left with much lol.

I did a couple of options,  one was just the basic recipe the other I added the option dark choc chips and unsalted peanuts for a little extra crunch (and it really did make the cookie even better!)

These are great for vegetarians too

CLEAN BANANA & PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES (makes 28)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional) I didnt have any so left this out
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pure honey (can use 100%  maple syrup) if you want a sweeter cookie then add 3/4 cup honey.  Test the batter and add a little more honey if required but i liked 1/2 a cup. 
  • 1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter (you can use kraft light and smooth, its not 100% clean but you can save on some fat)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips, optional
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, flaxseed, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mash banana with a fork. Stir in honey, peanut butter and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add flour mixture to banana mixture, stirring just to combine; do not over-mix. Fold in chocolate chips & peanuts, if desired. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer sheet to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove cookies from sheet and let cool directly on rack.
Nutrients per cookie: Calories: 115, Total Fat: 5 g (less if not using choc chips, peanut and natural peanut butter), Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 15 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 3 g
 
I have my 7yr old home with a tooth ache, so she helped me plate up.  Kids will love these cookies, great after school snack with some milk.   Off to the dentist soon and taking some of these to my parents for their afternoon tea. 
 
Cookies on the left are the plain cookies, cookies on the right have peanuts and choc chips.