New Year, New (Healthy!) Cookies
December is inarguably all about cookies. But January needs cookies, too.
January cookies need to be comforting, uncomplicated, and not-too-sweet. They should be healthy, yes, but still fall squarely in the realm of cookies, not health food.
My 5-Ingredient Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies fit the bill!
Soft and cakey, these applesauce cookies are at once both old-fashioned and new-fangled (cassava flour). They are also:
- Vegan (egg-free & dairy-free}
- Low-carb & low-sugar
- Fast & easy to prepare
- Only 36 calories per cookie
Cassava flour is the only unusual ingredient. I am still getting the hang of it in my various kitchen experiments, but so far, I love it. It is a naturally grain-free and gluten-free flour made from the whole cassava root, which has been peeled, dried and ground into a fine powder.
Ingredients for the Vegan Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies
A complete list of the ingredients, with amounts and instructions, is located in the recipe card below.
Cassava Flour Measurements Vary by Brand
Cassava flour has one issue that needs addressing: measurement.
See the photo above? It is the measurement, by weight (in grams), for 1/4 cup. It does not come close to the top of the cup. Moreover, what constitutes 1/4 cup of cassava flour varies from one manufacturer to another (aargh)! Looking at 5 different brands (Bob’s Red Mill, Thrive, Otto’s, Terrasoul and Anthony’s) , the range is 30 grams to 35 grams (2 bags list 30 g, 2 bags 32 g, 1 bag at 35 g).
In the world of flours, that is huge difference that can create dramatically different results: based on the bags, a standard cup of cassava flour can be 120 grams to 140 grams!
Hence, for my cassava flour recipes, I am choosing the middle ground:
- 1/4 cup of cassava flour is 32 grams
- If using a cup measure, do not fill (anywhere close) to the top of the cup!
- For greatest accuracy, use a small digital kitchen scale to measure
Step by Step Instructions
Now, back to this (otherwise) super-easy recipe!
Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Sheet
Step Two: Whisk the Wet Ingredients
Step Three: Add the Dry Ingredients
The cookie dough will be fluffy, not stiff.
Step Four: Scoop the Dough
Step Five: Bake
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 11 to 12 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers.
Let the cookies remain on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes (they will continue to firm up) before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Storage for the Cassava Flour Applesauce Cookies
Store the cookies in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.
What is the Best Way to Measure Cassava Flour?
Cassava flour can be difficult to measure (and standards for 1/4 cup vary from 30 to 35 g, depending on the brand). Additionally, 30 to 35 grams does not fill a 1/4 cup measure. Here are the measurements I use: (1) 1/4 cup of cassava flour is 32 grams (128 g per cup); (2) If using a cup measure, do not fill (anywhere close) to the top of the cup! (3) For greatest accuracy, use a small digital kitchen scale to measure.