Pumpkin Cookies: Paleo and Egg Free

These paleo pumpkin cookies are a perfect afternoon snack for the kids. Healthy fats, protein, and even a vegetable are combined in the disguise of a cookie! - The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Tessa

These paleo pumpkin cookies are a perfect afternoon snack for the kids when they get home from school. Healthy fats, protein, and even a vegetable are combined in the disguise of a cookie!

In this house, we love the fall with its cooler weather and beautiful leaves. But best of all, I get to harvest all of my heirloom pumpkins, and amazing pumpkin puree is overflowing in my kitchen this time of year!

You can used canned pumpkin for these cookies, but if you have never tried making your own fresh pumpkin or squash puree, I highly recommend it. The flavor is totally unlike the canned varieties, which can be strong and bitter.

Picking a good cooking pumpkin that is ripe will provide a lovely sweet puree that you could enjoy on it’s own. I go into great detail in my post How to Select & Bake a Winter Squash or Pumpkin.

These paleo pumpkin cookies are a perfect afternoon snack for the kids. Healthy fats, protein, and even a vegetable are combined in the disguise of a cookie! - The Happy Housewife

Paleo Pumpkin Cookies - Egg Free
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree ( I used a dry variety, chioggia pumpkin)
  • ½ cup palm sugar
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups blanched almond flour (you may need more if your pumpkin is wet)
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment or a baking mat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Continue with the baking soda and sea salt.
  4. Finish with the almond flour and tapioca flours. The dough should be thick, stiff, and easy enough to handle and roll into balls. Add more flour if necessary to achieve this.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Roll approximately 1½ tablespoons of dough into a smooth golf ball sized ball. Place on cookie sheet and press down gently to flatten.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes until just set and remove from oven. Cookies will be soft, but they firm up nicely well fully cooled.

These paleo pumpkin cookies are a perfect afternoon snack for the kids. Healthy fats, protein, and even a vegetable are combined in the disguise of a cookie! - The Happy Housewife

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

When I got married, I found out my husband didn’t like chocolate chip cookies. Say what?!?!

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies can be made with whole grain flour. With oats and protein-packed peanut butter, one cookie can satisfy a craving. Found at The Happy Housewife

Since chocolate chip cookies were one of the few things I knew how to make back then, we didn’t have many sweets in the house during those early years. Eventually, I learned to bake (and loved it) and decided these peanut butter oatmeal cookies were my new favorite.

I’m not sure if cookies can be hearty, but these definitely are. They can also be made with whole grain flour and taste better! While they aren’t healthy, they do have oats and protein-packed peanut butter so they are better for you than a basic sugar cookie. And one cookie can satisfy a craving.

I don’t eat many sweets, but I absolutely love these cookies. They’re definitely worth the extra calories!

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies can be made with whole grain flour. With oats and protein-packed peanut butter, one cookie can satisfy a craving. Found at The Happy Housewife

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1¼ cups flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cream together shortening, sugar, peanut butter, and eggs.
  3. Add baking soda and vanilla. Mix together.
  4. Add vinegar and mix again.
  5. Mix in oatmeal and flour.
  6. Drop on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

My kids love these cookies and try to eat them before they are cool enough to take off the cooling rack!

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies can be made with whole grain flour. With oats and protein-packed peanut butter, one cookie can satisfy a craving. Found at The Happy Housewife

For an even more amazing treat, try spreading Nutella on the cookie before eating. YUM!

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Gluten Free, Vegan Banana Blondies

Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Blondies at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

I love having nourishing snacks on hand for kiddos so they fill their bodies with things that provide real nutrition and health benefits.  Of course, they have to like the way something tastes to make it happen, and these gluten free and vegan blondies fit the bill.  They’re like banana bread in a bar form.

Even better is the fact that I prepare the whole thing in my Blendtec blender, so prep AND clean up are a snap!

As your bananas turn from perfectly golden to black in a matter of days during the warm summer months, these gluten-free banana blondies are the perfect way to put those over-ripe bananas to use!

Gluten Free Banana Blondies
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
Wet
  • 1½ cups mashed banana (about 3 large bananas)
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil (or preferred butter)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (I used palm sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Flour
  • 1⅓ cup gluten free flour mix (I used equal parts tapioca, toasted quinoa flour, and sorghum) No gum is necessary. Regular flour would work too.
Optional Add-Ins
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • chocolate chips to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons flax or chia meal
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Grease an 8 x 8 inch pan.
  2. In a blender or food processor, puree all the wet ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pulse in the flour.
  4. Pulse in the add-ins, if using.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Blondies at The Happy Housewife

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Star Wars Cake

I am forever indebted to Chef Max and Fish Mama for this cake. After discussing my sliding castle cake last week on Twitter, Chef Max gave me two excellent cake decorating tips, straws and cold.

Apparently people who decorate cakes more often than the 7 times a year (like me) use straws to keep gravity from wrecking their cakes, who knew?

I found the idea for this Star Wars cake in Fish Mama’s eBook Pretty Cook Cakes. My son looked over this book about a hundred times and finally decided on the Star Wars cake for his 7th birthday.

This Star Wars cake is so easy to make, using canned frosting and pans you already have in your house.

This cake was so easy to make, I couldn’t believe it when I finished it in under an hour. The best part about it is that you use canned frosting! I love my butter cream frosting, but with everything going on around here, canned frosting was a life saver!

My cake decorating confidence has been restored and my soon to be seven year-old is already in love with his cake.

Super easy Star Wars cake

This cake uses three mini muffin loaf pans, one round pan, and one cake cooked in a cereal bowl. The rocks are candy and I used red frosting in a tub that you can find in the baking aisle for the lava.

Easy homemade Star Wars cake

The nice thing about this cake is that you don’t want your frosting smooth, so even a child could make this cake with great results! In fact, my kids helped make most of this Star Wars cake.

simple homemade Star Wars cake

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