Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Spiced Cranberry Banana Cookie Cake Bites (Gluten-free, Naturally sweetened, Vegan)



My munchkins new favorite 'cookies' are these Spiced Cranberry Banana Cookie Cake Bites!  Soft and chewy, they are naturally sweet, moist and so healthy.  I was quite surprised that my sugar princess enjoyed these so much.  But, then again I love them too!

As a matter of fact, I had to leave town for a week and a half.  She ran out of them while I was gone.  Every day while we were Skyping she would remind me that she ate all her cake bites and mommy needed to come home to make some.  It is nice to be needed : ) and even nicer to make homemade healthy treats for my little one!

Enjoy!

Check out these Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies too:


Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies are so delicious Mr Picky will never know. Moist and chewy packed with peanut butter flavor.



Spiced Cranberry Banana Cookie Cake Bites
makes approximately 72 (1 tablespoon) cake bites

4 large, very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup homemade almond butter (omit honey and vanilla) or store bought all natural 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2½ cups ground flax seed
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flax seed, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Whisk to combine.  Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, mash bananas.  Add almond butter, vanilla and oil. Beat with mixer until well combined. 

With your mixer on low, slowly add flax seed mixture to your banana mixture.  Beat until well combined and smooth.  Stir in cranberries.

Scoop dough using a 1 tablespoon scoop.  Roll dough into 1-1/2" balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet 2" apart.

Using a wet fork, press dough balls down gently.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until solid and browned. Let rest on sheet for 2-3 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on baking rack.

Serve and enjoy!

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

7 comments:

  1. I'm just starting to explore gluten free foods, and I'm fascinated by all the different ways that recipes manage to replace flour...ground flax seeds is a new one for me, and the cookies look great!

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  2. I am experimenting with lots of vegan recipes this month over on my blog....I actually joined a fun group called VeganMoFo....That's Vegan Month of Food. I am loving it!! your cookies look great!

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  3. Donna, these look wonderful and sound amazingly healthy - sometimes that's a hard combination but you've certainly mastered it here!

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  4. DOnna, these cookies look SO good. I love the combination of flavors here, Sometimes it's nice to put down the butter and sugar and bake up a vegan, naturally sweetened snack or dessert! They look FABULOUS.

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  5. question: any way you can think of to make these without almond butter? I am gluten intolerant and try to eat as few animal products as possible, and these sounds pretty great, but I am also allergic to nuts; it's pretty hard finding healthy gluten free vegan dessert recipes that don't call for some kind of nut.

    I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have! you can email me directly at kuenzel@simmons.edu

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  6. Question: Is there any way you can think of to make these without almond butter?

    I am gluten intolerant and try to eat as few animal products as possible, and these cookies look amazing, but I am also severely allergic to nuts. It's pretty hard to find good gluten free and vegan dessert recipes that don't call for nuts.

    Even if I can't try these, they sound absolutely delicious. I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have so I can try making them on my own!

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  7. Oh, this seems perfect for serving at Christmas, with the bright and beautiful red cranberries and I love that it is naturally vegan for those of us allergic to dairy and eggs, and especially appreciate that it is naturally sweetened too! Wonderful! I look forward to making this soon! :)

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