Chamomile Vanilla Bean Cookies

Chamomile Vanilla Bean Cookies


3/4 cup Cassava flour

1/4 cup Coconut flour

1 tbsp Chamomile Flower powder

1 tsp Turmeric root powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil (softened at room temperature)

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix or sift together flours, powders and salt in one bowl. In a separate bowl, mix remaining wet ingredients with the indulgent scraped insides of your vanilla bean. Try not to eat drink the syrup/vanilla bean combo, and proceed with the recipe! Combine both bowls into one, mixing thoroughly. It will take multiple turns of the batter to come together, as the coconut oil softens into the flours. Once it is completely uniform, use a tablespoon or other spooning instrument to scoop the batter out, roll into balls, and flatten a bit just to make them into thick discs. I used a silpat baking mat on a regular cookie sheet. They don't spread out much while baking, so feel free to utilize the space as you see fit. Bake for 20 minutes. The bottoms will be a bit/perfectly brown. Yields 18-20 cookies.

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*Because I will never make you scroll for 20 minutes before finding the recipe

I was gifted both organic vanilla beans and maple syrup this winter, and have been looking for ways to use them. I simultaneously found Cassava flour at a great price at my local Grocery Outlet and found that it is commonly used with Coconut flour. They're refined sugar free, grain free, gluten free, vegan - I could probably go on, but you get the idea. I wanted to make cookies that my 15 month old teething food monster would enjoy, too so I used Chamomile Flower powder from my herbal apothecary, stocked to the brim with an array of herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. Chamomile is relaxing, and aids with inflammation and pain. It's tasty, too and a classic for kiddos and adults alike. Turmeric Root powder adds a lovely yellow color, reminding me of the gorgeous round middles of soothing Chamomile flowers. These cookies are a bit floral, not too sweet, full of vanilla, and just a touch earthy. You can substitute any other flower powders, too! I hope that you enjoy these as much as I have, and find it in your heart to share them with any children in your life as well. I might squirrel them away from both my toddler and my husband.

You should also know that I adapted a What Great Grandma Ate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to make these, which is a wonderful blog that I recommend you follow!

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