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
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Cassava Flour Measurements Vary by Brand
Cassava flour has one issue that needs addressing: measurement.
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.