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Quinoa Coconut Cookies (Top 12 Free)

I wanted to make some cookies to help me enjoy life despite being so restricted on the elimination diet I am currently on. I decided to adapt my Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to see if they would work and thankfully they did!

I made them one time without gums and they were tasty but very crumbly. Then after some research, I learned that you can use psyllium husk as a substitute for gums and this batch stuck together much better. I forgot to get true psyllium husk from the store, so I just opened my husband’s fiber capsules, which are pure psyllium powder. (Apparently, I’m a fan of use what you got on hand!)

Top 12 Free Quinoa Coconut Cookies

1/2 c. millet flour
1/2 c. sorghum flour
1/4 c. light buckwheat flour
1/4 c. potato starch
1/4 c. tapioca starch
1/2 tsp. psyllium husk
1 1/2 c. quinoa flakes
1 1/2 c. coarsely shredded coconut (or mixture of medium and flakes)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. raisins
1/3 c. + 2 tbsp. canola or light olive oil
1/2 c. sunflower butter (125 g)
3/4 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. hemp milk (literally just hemp hearts blended with water)
2 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together flours, psyllium husk, quinoa, coconut baking powder, salt and raisins.
  3. Cream together oil, sunflower butter and sugars.
  4. Add milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. Add wet ingredients into the dry and mix until smooth. The batter should be somewhat sticky.
  6. Spoon batter onto cookie sheets or if you want to roll batter into balls, place on cookie sheet and squish into disks. Balls should be around golf ball sized.
  7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit on sheet for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack.
  9. Enjoy!

Makes 24 – 30 cookies depending on size and how much batter you eat. Cookies do decently in a sealed container on the counter for 2-3 days, but are best stored in the freezer.

My son helped me make and photograph these cookies and he was more than happy to enjoy the fruits of his labour!

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Total Elimination Diet Food Ideas

Well, it’s been …a while. Lots has happened in the last 5 years and right now I’m on a Top 12 total elimination diet for baby G. This means no:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Legumes
  • Chicken
  • Beef

I wanted to create a list of foods I’ve made/ found that work for this diet for future reference and maybe help other poor souls going through a similar experience. Typically I make lots and then eat leftovers for a while to minimize food prep time.

(You’ll have to pardon my phone photos of food – I haven’t brought out my camera for food photography in years 🙈)

Breakfast Ideas

  • Buckwheat porridge
    • Mix in a ripe banana at the end so you don’t need to add sugar
  • Allergy Awesomeness’ Pumpkin Muffins
    • Remove xanthan gum, use 2/3 amount of sugar, use whole 398mL can of pumpkin, use mixture of tapioca/ potato starch/ millet/ light buckwheat/ sorghum, no glaze
    • Doubles well
      • I made 12 muffins and poured the rest of the batter into an 8×8 baking pan for pumpkin cake. Tastes great with sunflower seed butter!
  • Oh She Glows Buckwheat Banana Blueberry Pancakes
    • For Substitutions:
      • 1/2 c. Buckwheat groats is ~90-100 g, so use that much light buckwheat flour
      • Use sorghum flour instead of rice and tapioca starch instead of cornstarch
      • Use homemade hemp milk or light gum free coconut milk, adjust amount as required to reach desired consistency
      • I add 2 tbsp of olive oil if using hemp milk for heartier pancakes
    • Recipe doubles and triples well. Pancakes freeze nicely and can be reheated in your toaster.

Snack Ideas

  • Crunchy Coconut Granola Clusters from the Oh She Glows App
    • Just like the ones from Costco! My husband has requested that I keep making these
    • Sub honey for the rice syrup
  • Lexie’s Kitchen Nut Free Energy Bites
    • A yummy bite that doesn’t use something sweet as binding!
    • I have used hemp hearts instead of chia, didn’t toast the coconut and added water to compensate for my thick sunflower butter to activate the flax so they would actually stick together.

Dinner Ideas

  • Ground Lamb and Turkey mix really well together
    • We’ve made meatballs and burgers from this:
      • Mix ~1/2c. Buckwheat flakes with water to make it thick oatmeal consistency in the bottom of a stand mixer
      • Add 1lb ground lamb, 1lb ground turkey, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp nutmeg and 1-2 tsp salt and beat together until well combined.
      • Shape as desired and bake until cooked through
  • Lamb Stew and Dumplings
    • Brown ground lamb. Add cut up onion and mushrooms. Cook until browned. Add celery and carrots. Add parsley, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, little bit of turmeric and nutmeg (or use free from bouillon). Cover with water.
    • Meanwhile, mix together Biscuit dough (scroll down to the end of the post for recipe – use 1/3c. Each tapioca, potato starch, sorghum, buckwheat, 2/3c. Millet and no gum, use 1c. homemade hemp milk or light coconut milk and ~100g palm shortening. Sprinkling in some dried parsley is nice, too)
    • Scoop dumpling dough onto meat mixture. Cover and cook until dumplings are cooked through. Thicken sauce as required.
  • Millet Flatbread, when cooked to crispy makes an excellent replacement for buns or toast
    • This Recipe turns out quite well using olive oil, but there are simpler recipes I haven’t tried yet
    • They are usually good with avocado
  • Pork tenderloin coconut curry served over quinoa
  • Turkey Spaghetti Sauce over GoGo Quinoa’s Super Grain pasta
  • Leftover Kalua shredded pork shoulder mixed with sauteed onions, apples, parsnips, carrots and greens
  • Stanpot – so free from smoked sausages boiled with potatoes and kale
  • BBQ herbed turkey breast (salt, pepper, herbs de Provence/ poultry seasoning) with olive oil mashed potatoes
  • Taco Salad (ground turkey/ pork with onions, mushrooms and peppers with homemade texmex seasoning, salad, salsa, green onions, homemade guacamole, cilantro, greens, free from pasta if desired)
  • Allergy Awesomeness’ Korean Chicken Broccoli
    • Use turkey or pork instead of chicken, free from hot sauce and serve with quinoa

I hope these are helpful for some different ideas for Top 12 free food ideas! If you need more, check out Free to Feed and their cookbook!

Stay healthy and Enjoy!

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