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Free and Friendly FOods Vegan GLuten Free Salted Almond Cookies

Salted Almond Butter Oat Cookie

We’ve teamed up with Barney Butter to bring you this recipe, and there’s also a giveaway on the Instagram feed this week for their product. When making this, I wanted to create something that was simple and delicious, then it morphed into a bar, which I’m totally OK with. On its own, our low/no sugar kid says this is new favorite cookie. While it’s not Paleo, it’s so simple that you can swap the oat flour for something else.

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Coconut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, Corn Free Compatible

For Paleo & GAPs: Use the appropriate flour.
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies (CORN FREEEEEEEEE)

I made these late one night, and had the kids try them, thinking they may be so-so, especially since I didn’t use ingredients they’re use to in their cookies. Turns out, I was WRONG. In fact, Kid Three has declared these to be his new favorite cookie and dessert. He seriously wanted more. I thought he was messing with me (as I always think) but alas, they were all gone the same night I made them. So, gather round, and enjoy a new take on chocolate chip cookies!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo Compatible Vegan
For Paleo: Use the appropriate fat and chocolate of choice
For Corn Free: Be sure each ingredient is safe for you.
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Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Ginger Cookie

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies (Recipe Challenge)

This was a good challenge for us… we hate gingerbread. It’s just not our thing. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve done the gingerbread men, and the kids will eat it, because, sugar. There’s also Mary’s Gone Crackers Ginger Snap cookies that they tolerate, when I put them on top of cupcakes. So, here’s the cool thing: we LOVED these cookies. I mean, we ate them… ALL. In one night. The Papa was begging me to make another batch so he could have more, and there was coconut in them. I’m like, dude… you can’t have these… he says, I’m fine, and I don’t care. They’re that good! It’s in moments like these I know that having a TV show of our own would be hilarious.

This request came in from Instagram. A nice person was in need of a good cookie, and I really hope this brings him, and many more of you plenty of gingerbread joy.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan, AIP Compatible, GAPs Compatible
For Corn Free: Be sure to source safe ingredients.
For GAPs: Use honey instead of molasses, and a combination of almond & coconut flour.
For AIP: Omit the flax. You may want to consider adding 1/2 a banana to help bind the dough together, or use an egg if you can. Also use safe vanilla. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Almond Cookie Candy

Almond Cookie Candy

I was ready to deem this a fail, until we realized it had great a taste and a unique application. My first thought was to make it into a fondant-like paste for Paleo treats. However, it seemed to break apart after too much use. We were able to make the “idea” of a gum paste flower, as seen in one of the pictures. If you’ve ever eaten a Tootsie Roll, that’s what these have the texture of. They’re like a chewy/toffee/candy/cookie. I know, amazing that something so strange could be so many things at once. It has so many talents 🙂 If I had to go back and do it again (which I will at some point), I’d leave them as dough balls. The dough was really good. Or, I’d make freezer fudge.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Snickerdoodle Attempt One

Snickerdoodle Cookies, Mach One

It’s been A-G-E-S since I’ve made a good cookie. Once we learned about the wheat allergy with Kid Two, I was able to adapt well. However, once we had to go egg free, then low sugar, I took a break from making cookies. I finally felt that it was time to dust off the old cookie making hat and give it a go. It was a bit of a no. I tried to make a Paleo version, and a Kid Two version.  I’m not sharing the recipes just yet, but know, I’ll be back again soon with better results… I hope. Please send help…

Free and Friendly Foods Snickerdoodle Attempt One

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Cookie Review

Have you heard of New Leaf Grocery? If you live in the SF Bay Area, it’s in Half Moon Bay. It’s a small Mecca for those of us with food allergies. You can find a lot of options there, including Paleo. I purchased these for everyone to try, and here’s what we’ve decided:

Bakeology Sinckerdoodle Cookies

Kid Two says these remind him of sand. They stay together in your hand, but not in your mouth. They don’t have consistent coloring and the flavor can change a bit from cookie to cookie, but they’re not bad. They’re crunchy, and he seems to like them. He didn’t love them though. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Sunflower Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunflower Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is another installment of the Nut Butter Cookies Series. I was so inspired at the grocery store to see all of the little packs of nut and seed butters. It has allowed me to create small batches of cookies to test ideas without having to take the plunge and purchase jars and jars of butters.

This one was nice, but as the person with the worst allergies in the house, I wasn’t able to tolerate it. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips unfortunately can sometimes pose a problem for corn allergic people. I have deemed this to be a corn free recipe, but for all of my corn free friends, use a safe chocolate that you know you can tolerate.

Truth be told, if I could have tolerated these, I probably would have gained 10 pounds 🙂

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, Vegan, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs: Use choice or combination of coconut and almond flour.
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Free and Friendly Foods Vegan Macarons

Vegan Macarons

So, a while back I said that I had plans to share this little experiment, so this is me, sharing, because sharing is caring 🙂

I think sometimes it’s easy to go online and look at pretty blogs and think about how easy they must have it because every post is beautiful, and everything looks wonderfully delicious, and the lighting is just right, and there’s a long list of comments, and a million likes on Instagram. Whew. That was a long list. However, the painful reality is that there are so many failed ideas and recipes that simply aren’t shared. Well, I’m sharing one of mine. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

After having success with the Peanut Butter Dough Ball Bites, I decided to go all in and try something else. That’s what it’s like with a severe corn allergy by the way. Little baby steps to see if something will make you sick.

As a kid, I LOVED peanut butter and jelly. But here’s the thing: I only ate them separately. If you were to make me a sandwich, I’d take it apart. Lick the jelly off the bread, then lick the peanut butter off the bread, then eat the bread, careful to eat the lower right corner last. Yes, I know I was a weird little kid. Point is, I love the idea of PB & J.

About 2 years ago, I discovered Inna Jam, and to my surprise, it didn’t make me sick. It has got to be the only jam I’ve found without extra junk and they source their fruit from a few safe farms that I can eat from. It’s worth the $10 + price tag, especially Peach. Oh the joy. I digress.

I normally don’t like baked cookies. Both Kid Two and I are much more dough people. However, these were great. I had first thought about just making more dough balls and using the jam as a dip, but I thought I’d go wild and try something else. The Papa loved these, and he’s like, wait, these are Paleo? Let me have another one. I can also testify to their goodness, especially after they’ve cooled completely and the next day too. And yes, I did eat 2 for breakfast.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo

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Free and Friendly Foods Carrot Cake Cookies & Crumbles

Carrot Cake Cookie & Crumbles

When I was messing around with carrot cake, the thought came to me: cookies! What if I could take the essence of carrot cake and morph it into a cookie? I mean, who doesn’t like cookies, right? My first thought was that I wanted to have something similar to a ginger snap, a little on the harder side of life. Instead, I ended up with something that’s a lot like Citrus Cloud Cookies (in our Sweets and Treats volume one book). Then, something really cool happened. They fell apart. As they aged, the more delicate they became, and that’s when I knew this was the coolest crumble ever. It’s a new thing I’m going to be telling everyone about. This is great on top of ice cream, or as a garnish on the Carrot Cake Cupcakes. See, not too bad, right? But seriously, if you make these, be gentle and kind to them, and eat them fresh, unless you plan on using them as a crumble.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Yeast Free, Vegan, Nut Free Compatible.
For Nut Free: Use a safe non-dairy milk alternative. Read More

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