I absolutely fell in love with these gluten-free lemon cookies the very first time I tried them! Stumbled upon this recipe when I had a pack of chia seeds that was about to expire - what a great find it was. They are gluten-free, dairy-free and require absolutely minimal kitchen/cooking/baking skills. Honestly, it's hard to go wrong with these, even if you don't follow the recipe to a T, they always turn out mouthwateringly good!
Tips: You can use baby food apple puree or a very very thick coconut cream (this last version will make the cookies a bit more crumbly) in place of applesauce. You can also swap the rice flour for any other GF flour, the ground sunflower seeds with any other nut or seed and the honey with your favourite natural sweetener. Yep this is a super-versatile recipe, so feel free to experiment!
- Zest of a lemon
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp applesauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup finely ground sunflower seeds, flour-like consistency
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- dash of salt
- Extra rice & coconut flour for coating
- In a large mixing bowl, add zest of lemon, lemon juice, applesauce, honey and coconut oil. Mix well and then add chia seeds. Mix again.
- One by one, add sunflower seed flour, rice flour, coconut flour, turmeric, salt and baking powder. Mix the dough well – it should not be too dry. Place bowl in fridge for 10 mins
- Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper. In a small plate, sprinkle some rice & coconut flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
- Once the dough has chilled, take out and using a tablespoon scoop out dough and shape in small balls. Roll into rice & coconut flour and press flat the dough ball using fingers (making it into a cookie shape). Place each cookie on to baking tray.
- Bake for 8-10 mins, until golden and then transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool before enjoying these gooey cookies!
- Store at room temperature for 3-4 days, in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for couple of months.
Per Cookie: 121 calories; 6.3g fat; 11.4g carbohydrates; 2.4g protein; 3g Fibre; 18% DV for manganese; 17% DV for vitamin K; 12.5% DV for copper; 11% DV for phosphorus; 6.6% DV for vitamin E.