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Very Cherry Spelt Cookies

Posted: February 23, 2012 11:43 PM

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I developed the recipe for these cookies when I was first becoming interested in Spa Cuisine. They are a cakey cookie that uses spelt flour instead of whole wheat flour. I prefer spelt because I like how its earthly flavor works well with the cherries and pecans. I added dark chocolate chips for richness. These cookies are not super sweet, so if you desire a sweeter cookie, I suggest adding 1/3 cup of a dry sweetener such as Sucanat, turninado, or maple granules.

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Spelt flour is a whole grain flour. Along with the bananas, cherries, and nuts, there is more fiber in these cookies than the traditional fruit and nut cookie.


I really like this method of blending bananas, oil, yogurt, and maple to use in egg-free desserts. This works well with cookies, cakes, and quickbreads.

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Mmmm... Dark Chocolate, Dried Cherries, and Pecans. A delicious snack all on their own.

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Very Cherry Spelt Cookies
Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

2 Cups Spelt Flour
1½ teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1 Each Banana
½ Cup Orange Juice
½ Cup Vanilla Yogurt
½ Cup Maple Syrup
1/3 Cup Dried Cherries
2 Tablespoons Dark Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoons Pecans, Chopped

Method of Preparation
-Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease 4 baking sheets.

-Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

-In the cup of a blender combine oil, bananas, orange juice, yogurt, and syrup.

-Blend on high speed until smooth.

-Combine the wet and dry ingredients in large bowl and gently combine.

-Fold in cherries, chocolate, and pecans.

-Using a small ice cream scoop, spoon cookies onto the baking sheets.

-Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through.

-Repeat making cookies until all the dough is used.

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