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Gluten Free: Soy Nutty Cookies

June 8, 2011

Maybe it’s not right to eat cookies for breakfast, but what can I do with a cookie reminiscent of a bowl of buttery grits? True health-lovers are welcome to make a face.  Ew, buttery grits?

That’s what I keep tasting, but guess what, there is absolutely no butter anywhere near these little treats.

So that buttery taste?  It comes from the flavor of soy beans. A couple weeks ago, we learned how to make homemade soy milk in culinary class.  It’s actually relatively simple.  We learned about the process in order to make tofu, which is also pretty easy.  The beans must be boiled with water, then blended and strained.  Basically that’s it.  Soymilk.   What’s left in the strainer are all the ground bean particles, which still contain quite a bit of flavor.  They can be wrapped and frozen or immediately made into cookies, breads, brownies, cupcakes etc.  I decided upon a simple cookie with a little raw honey and walnuts.  They are held together with an arrowroot mixture, to make them completely gluten free. The honey can easily be substituted for maple syrup to make them vegan.  Enjoy!

Okara (After Soymilk, Before Cookies)

Soy Nutty Cookies
Makes 18-20 2-inch cookies

1 1/2 cups okara
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
2 Tablespoon arrowroot, whisked with 4-6 Tablespoons warm water
3 Tablespoons raw honey or pure maple syrup

1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or reusable baking pad.
2: In a large bowl, stir together okara, salt, crushed walnuts and arrowroot slurry.  Mix in honey until well blended and mixture begins to stick together.  Spoon out 1 Tablespoon.  Roll into a ball and place on baking sheet.  Flatten down to about 1/4-inch in height. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.  Cookies are a bit delicate, so cool on baking sheet before transferring to a plate  for serving or an airtight container for storage.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 12:49 am

    Wow, these look super easy to make and sound delish!

    • June 11, 2011 9:29 am

      Thank you! They really are simple and I love it. Such a great relief sometimes to have a no-hassle treat.

  2. September 24, 2011 4:39 am

    I could read a book about this without finding such real-world apporaches!

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