Pumpkin Spice Cookies

This recipe was inspired from a recipe of my Grandma’s Persimmon Cookies. It is a favorite recipe of my mom and dad’s but since they began eating healthier in June, I wanted to see if I could use healthier ingredients and still give them the cake-like cookie.

I didn’t have persimmons but canned pumpkin is similar in texture and it worked fine. I played around with the recipe and there are options for a gluten-free and no-egg.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies
a healthier spice cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of organic canned pumpkin or 1 cup pureed persimmons (how to prep is in notes)
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp soda
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp cloves
  6. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  7. 3/4 - 1 cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar and 1/2 cup of Wax Orchards Fruit Spread)
  8. 1 cage-free egg
  9. 2 cups of Gluten Free Flour (I used Cup4Cup) or flour of your choice
  10. 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil
  11. Nuts and Raisins, optional
Instructions
  1. 1. Move oven rack to middle and preheat to 375 degrees.
  2. 2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. 3. Warm coconut oil and set aside.
  4. 4. Mix all ingredients (except oil, raisins and nuts) until smooth, scraping sides.
  5. 5. Slowly add in oil until well incorporated.
  6. 6. Add in raisins and nuts, if desired.
  7. 7. Drop by Tbsp or use a small cookie scoop 2 inches apart.
  8. 8. Sprinkle with coconut sugar or sprinkles, if desired.
  9. 9. Bake for 8-11 minutes until golden brown. Will vary by oven.
  10. 9. Move to cooling rack for 5 minutes.
Notes
  1. Note - if you have an egg sensitivity, a flax egg works well. To replace egg, mix 3 Tbsp of water with 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the persimmons by washing them and removing their stems. Puree in a Vita-Mix, blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. Measure one cup of pulp out and set aside.
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These are very good with chopped hazelnuts. Also using gluten-free flour created a rounder cookie.

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Eating Out Tips

This post is about eating out and choosing the restaurant ahead of time when you are trying to eat healthy.  If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area, this should be on your Try list.  We saw it featured on a past episode of Check Please.  My husband suggested we go on Saturday morning and after watching the tv show I was sold.

So our adventure to Tottie’s Asian Fusion restaurant located on Hayden and Thomas began.  Funny these moments can feel like many vacations.  Since my husband has a wheat sensitivity, we were very excited with the gluten free choices. 

First we had spring rolls wrapped in rice paper.  These are amazing and have fresh mint in the filling.  They were served with a peanut sauce that had a little kick in it.  Aren’t they pretty?

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Then I ordered a Thai Chicken Stir Fry with mild sauce  I should have ordered it a bit spicier but I  improvised and used some of the yummy peanut sauce that came with the spring rolls.  The portions are very generous and I ate 1/3 of this.

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