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Recipe for Paleo Dandelion Cookies

Here's a grain-free version for dandelion cookies that every kid will love.  These make a great breakfast cookie, FYI.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup palm shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut crystals
  • 2 Tbls honey - you don't have to use raw since this will be baked
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 Tbls coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 cups dandelion flowers*
  • 1/2 cup diary free chocolate chips cacao nibs or carob chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix shortening and egg until relatively smooth; add crystals, honey and vanilla and blend until combined.
  3. Add the flours, baking soda and salt and blend again. Make sure you've incorporated all those dry ingredients, especially the coconut flour.
  4. Fold in dandelion flowers by hand and then the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or you can use silicone baking mats) with a nice sized spoon. Press them down a bit to flatten them to 1/2 inch.
  6. Bake 10 minutes or until browned around the edges. Cool on a baking rack. These set up beautifully but you must let them cool down all the way or they're break.

Recipe Notes

*To prepare dandelion blossoms: Pick dandelions when they're fully open. Make sure you're gathering your blooms where they haven't been sprayed with herbicide. Pinch off or snip the green end of each bloom; this doesn't take as long as it may seem and its a fun chance to sit and talk. Your fingers will turn yellow with pollen, FYI.

Collect your blossoms with as little green parts as possible - some will get in there so don't worry too much about it. How many dandelion blossoms you put in is entirely a matter of taste. For our oatmeal batch we did two cups; for our Paleo batch we did 1 cup. I liked the two cups better.