Sunday, 15 April 2012

Grain Free Banana & Almond Butter Cookies SCD GF DF

When I first caught sight of this cookie recipe on Shirley Braden's blog, Gluten Free Easily, I knew I had to attempt to make them SCD legal because the ingredients are simple and the method is so quick AND I LOVE almond butter with banana. Just mixed together in a bowl and the taste is heavenly! Shirley has been gluten free since 2003 and her blog is a wonderful place to be if you need gluten-free advice and recipes and it's a great resource for those newly diagnosed. In addition, Shirley runs the GFE Virtual Gluten-Free Support Group on her site. This is a monthly event aiming to share information from the actual support group meetings which she holds along with details of the presentations made there. If you are on a gluten-free diet, make your way over and join in!

Banana and Almond Butter Cookies GF SCD

1 small very ripe banana
120ml almond butter (about ½ cup)
1½ tblsps honey (or maple syrup)
½ tsp vanilla extract (alcohol, water and vanilla only)
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Heat the oven to 160° C. Mash the banana with a fork, but not too much so leave a few small lumps.

Add in all the other ingredients and mix together.

Drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto a tray lined with baking parchment and flatten and shape a little with a fork if you like. I flattened some and left the others to do their own thing and they resembled a smooth macaroon.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to cool on the tray. 

This quantity is half the amount of the original recipe which you can see here and I made 10 small cookies. The only adjustments I made to the original recipe are :

  • I used honey instead of sugar and reduced the quantity
  • I cooked the cookies at a lower temperature for a little longer

These also differ from the original cookie since they have a more cake like texture rather than a chewy cookie texture. BUT the taste is wonderful!

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  1. Vicky, I am so very impressed at your much healthier and SCD-compliant version!! Plus, I also like the idea of making fewer cookies with the recipe. Will definitely give your verson a try as you know I love our bees' honey and am aspiring to do much better with the sweeteners. ;-) Thanks so much for all the sweet words and sharing the info on my blog and virtual support group, too! :-)

    Big hugs to you!

  2. Hello dear Vicky!
    These cookies look so yummy and I am glad you made them SCD compliant! I love almond butter, bananas and honey, so these will be a real treat! As always, I love that you share your beautiful photos too! Thank you for sharing the recipe as well! I hope your weekend has been lovely! Take care! xo~Paula

  3. Hi Vicky,

    Hooray! Thanks for making a SCD version. They are quite delicious aren't they. Great job!!!


  4. Shirley - Thank you for the recipe! I love simple recipes and these took only a few minutes to make! The reason I made a half quantity is because the jars of natural almond butter are quite small here and very expensive! I thought I'd make a peanut butter version next weekend! Have you tried the recipe with crunchy peanut butter? I think I might do that!

    Paula - You will love these cookies! Thank you for your lovely comment! We've had a very busy weekend but it's been good! Hope you enjoyed your weekend too!

    Amber - They are good, the flavour is awesome! And BTW I haven't made your dish today because my daughter is away tonight and she was looking forward to eating it so I'm making it tomorrow instead! Can't wait!

    Big hugs to all of you xx

  5. I want to try these asap Vicky!

  6. I don't think I've tried a banana and almond butter combo but I love both, so I'm sure I'll love these! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Thank you sweet Vicky! I am going to make these this weekend! You are welcome sweet friend! Thank you for always being so kind! I am glad you had a good weekend, mine was good too! I hope this one will be wonderful for you! xo~Paula