Today I am going to show you how to make the most delicious and easy to make gluten-free jam-drop cookies. What do you need? 30 minutes of your time and 6 ingredients that you most likely already have at home. That's it! Don't forget to pin it for later, because you are going to love them.
Melbourne, lockdown #5. This lockdown was very different to the previous ones and was much harder on so many of us. I myself didn't feel my best and surprisingly didn't feel like cooking. What I did wanted though were sweets. No surprise here. Sugar is a known mood booster. Unfortunately a sugar high doesn't last long, and comes with many negative side effects.
Luckily I discovered a recipe for the most delicious gluten-free cookies and I am very exited to share the recipe with you. Hopefully it will sweeten up your day like it did ours. So get excited, because these cookies are delicious and are actually good for you! (In moderation ;))
Do these gluten-free jam-drop cookies have any health benefits?
You might be surprised to learn that these little gems are packed with nutrients and when eaten in moderation come with some real health benefits. Let's have a closer look at the main ingredients:
Ground almonds. Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss. (more here)
Coconut oil. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a component that may help boost levels of HDL, the good cholesterol.
Oats. Good old oats have enjoyed a lot of attention for some time now. They are well known for their high content of dietary fibres, phytochemicals, and nutritional value. It is believed that oats are benficial for our health including having anticancerous properties.
Maple syrup. Maple syrup is a good alternative to refined sugar. It has quite an impressive amount of minerals and antioxidants. In fact, ⅓ cup of maple syrup (which is the excat amount used in this recipe) contains 165% of your daily required amount of Manganese and 28% of Zinc. Furthermore, maple syrup has 24 different antioxidants and we all know we need more of them in our lifes. But please don't take this as an invitation to get your antioxidants from maple syrup 🙂 I am purely saying that maple syrup is somewhat better than refined sugar.
Are these jam-drops easy to make?
The answer could not be any simpler. Yes, they are! You combine all the dry ingredients, then all the wet ingredients, and finally combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Literally, no baking skills are required.
And now let's make these delicious gluten-free jam-drop cookies :
Delicious and simple gluten-free jam-drop cookies
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1 cup oats rolled or instant work well
- 1 cup your favourite gluten-free flour mix or use spelt flour if gluten is not an issue
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil you can also use avocado oil if you prefer
- ⅓ cup of your favourite milk I used a mix of almond and coconut.
- ½ jar of your favourite jam
- Preheat oven to 180'C (350'F).
- Combine the ground almonds (or almond flour), oats, and gluten-free flour in a mixing bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients such as melted coconut oil, milk, and maple syrup and mix until everything is combined.
- Shape the dough into walnut-size balls and place them on the baking tray covered with baking paper. Flatten the balls a little using a bottom of a glass cup (or just use your hand).
- Using your thumb, make a small well in the middle of every cookie and place approximately ¼ of a teaspoon in it.
- Bake for 20 minutes, your baking time might vary from mine depending on your oven. Once cookies are nice and golden, they are done.