Dairy-Free Breakfast Cookies


Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients—these breakfast cookies are easy to make. Not too sweet and packed with calcium, protein, iron and essential fatty acids, they deliver a powerful nutritional punch. Maple syrup will make the cookie dough softer than dough made with honey.

8 tablespoons (1 stick) dairy-free shortening
½ cup pure maple syrup or honey
1 egg or 1 tablespoon arrowroot mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water
½ cup + 2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 2 tablespoons hot water (mix and let rest 5 minutes)
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free high-protein flour blend of choice (page 78)
1 cup gluten-free oats or quinoa flakes
⅓ cup dairy-free milk powder of choice
⅓ cup rice bran
1 tablespoon calcium powder* or flour of choice or almond flour (if tolerated)
1½ teaspoons xanthan gum or guar gum
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit of choice
⅓ cup sunflower seeds or chopped pecans (if tolerated)
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

2. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and maple syrup. Beat in egg. Add juice, flax meal and water, and vanilla.

3. Add flour blend, oats, milk powder, rice bran, calcium powder, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. Mix well.

4. Stir in raisins, seeds and coconut.

5. Drop cookies 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. These cookies don’t melt, so shape and flatten them about ¼-inch thick and 2 inches in diameter.

6. Place in preheated oven and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until bottom turns golden brown.

Each cookie contains 125 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 7mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 2g protein.

*TIP Calcium powder is a good way to boost calcium content for children who eat dairy free. You can sneak it into recipes without anyone noticing. It’s available at health food stores or from kirkmanlabs.com.

The mother of an adult child with autism, Lisa Lewis is cofounder of the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (autismndi.com) and author of The Encyclopedia of Dietary Intervention.

Recipes reprinted with permission from Special Diets for Special Kids, by Lisa Lewis.




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