Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Thanksgiving holiday cookies- gluten free

These soft and chewy cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are a perfect treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Everyone expects to eat cranberries for the holiday, so why not serve the slightly tart berries in a delicious cookie ?

My little granddaughter came to visit and the first thing she said to me was, " Let's bake cookies".
I thought about what I had in my pantry and decided to bake these cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies. It's a fairly common recipe that is sometimes made with white chocolate chips or the dark chocolate chips. I had the latter in the house.

These quick and easy cookies also make a nice addition to your Christmas Cookie repertoire.  No mixer is needed; you just stir the ingredients with a large spoon. They are very festive because they are full of red dried berries and rich chocolate. Unlike highly processed cookies, these winners are made from real food with whole grain nutrition. I always feel better serving my grandkids something that is wholesome.

In addition, these snacks meet gluten free and vegetarian standards. 

Question: Are all oats gluten free?
Answer:  No, only gluten free certified oats are considered gluten free (read why) 

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes ( don't over bake)
Oven: 350 degrees

3/4 cup of gluten free flour)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of olive oil or melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cups of certified gluten free rolled oats (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup of coconut crystals (or any sweetener of your choice) ( more if you like it sweet)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chocolate chips (DF )
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon of orange zest ( from an organic orange)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix dry ingredients ( flour, oats,  coconut crystals, salt , baking soda, orange zest) in a small bowl.
Combine the wet ingredients ( olive oil, eggs, vanilla, orange juice)
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well with spoon.
Fold in the chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
Cover a cookie sheet ( or two) with parchment paper . Drop spoon size balls onto the paper and bake for just 10 minutes. Remove cookies and place them on wire racks to cool before eating.

My Notes: If you do not use the coconut flour and choose to use a different gluten free flour or regular flour, only use 2 eggs instead of 3. Coconut flour requires more liquid.

Thanksgiving cranberry oatmeal cookies- GF

Sometimes you just want milk and cookies , even if its almond or coconut milk 

Another  healthy gluten free cookie that I make: 

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies  ( sweetened with fruit only) 

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  1. Isn't it fun, baking with grandchildren? The cookies sound great but hubby does not like chocolate. Could I use nuts in place of the chocolate? Then it would be a success.

  2. Hi, could you please include the # of servings each recipe makes. NONE of the blogs ever says this. Thanks so much!

    1. This made 15 large cookies. You could make them smaller if you want to make more cookies. Hope this helps

  3. Chaya,
    I think that walnuts would taste great with this recipe. Wow! you husband doesn't like chocolate!

  4. These look and sound absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe- I'll definitely have to try it out sometime! :)

    -Lara @ Methodical Living

    1. you are welcome- I do think that chocolate and cranberries are a great combination. Thanks for your comment

  5. A chewy coconut flour cookie!!! These sound amazing, and I imagine with only 3 eggs they don't have that overpowering eggy flavor like most coconut flour recipes. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I didn't think about it, but you are absolutely right. They are not eggy tasting at all.

  6. Your cookies look and sound delicious. I love the idea of adding cranberries! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)

    1. Hearth and Soul Hop is one of my favorite parties. I love the idea of cranberries at Thanksgiving and the fall.

  7. This sounds delish!! Now, I'm going to be on the lookout for gluten-free oats, I already have all the other ingredients :) Plus, who doesn't love a visit to Trader Joe's?
    Thanks for sharing via Mommy Monday!

    1. I love to go to Trader Joe's but wish they were closer. It is a little trip if I just need oats!

  8. These look yummy, love cranberry's in cookies :)

    Thanks for sharing ...

  9. Thank you for linking up with us at the Ultimate Virtual Cookies & Goodies Party and Giveaway! Be sure to visit the party Pinterest board to see your recipes and more. #ultimatecookieparty

  10. Cranberries in cookies are one of my favorite additions. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us on Merry Monday. Hope you can join us again tonight at 6pm PST.

  11. I love the combination of cranberry and chocolate. These look great, Judee.

  12. Hi Judee,
    I just love your cookies they look delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Oh wow, this sounds delicious. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  14. These sound delicious Judee! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  15. What a yummy treat! They sound delicious, Judee! Thanks for sharing them with us at Foodie Fridays...I am pinning them right now! Hope to see you again this Thursday night!

  16. Thanks for coming and linking up at our Happy Holidays Link Party. We'd love to see you back next week starting Saturdays @7pm ET on The Midnight Baker from now until Christmas!

  17. These cookies look delicious! Thanks for linking up to my Gluten Free Christmas Treat link up!

  18. YUM! I know these taste delicious!! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 4 for All Things Thanksgiving. Shared.


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