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December 6, 2014

These cookies are dense, rich and delicious. Not something you normally think of when you think gluten-free cookies. Even if you're not gluten-intolerant, you might actually feel better avoiding it. Try one of these and see what you think.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Makes 10-12 cookies

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup each pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 cup almond meal (flour)
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (use gluten-free if you are celiac)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened) canned. You can add slightly more if you feel the ingredients are too dry to mix.
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea-salt

Preparation

1. Chop or break the pecans into large chunks and keep them on the side.

2. Chop the prunes into smaller chunks or mix them in with the other ingredients using a blender. Alternatively, the rolled oats can be mixed in whole with the rest of the ingredients.

3. Add the pecans to the mixed ingredients once you have a nice consistency.

4. Make portion size (per cookie) about 1 tablespoon or use an ice-cream scoop, and make them into round balls. Place them on the baking sheet on the tray and flatten them slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt.

5. Put the tray in the pre-heated oven at 350ºF and bake for 15 minutes. Take them out and move them to a rack to cool down.

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Jeanette Bronée
Jeanette Bronée

Jeanette Bronée, CHHC, AADP is a Self-Nourishment Counselor and the Founder of Path for Life and the online Self-Nourishment Program. Over a decade she has been working with clients one-on-one in her private practice, to not only improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, but also help them change their habits, which is the foundation for us actually getting healthy. Her nine-step method integrates the three key essentials Bronée has found drive real change in people's lives: food knowledge, mindfulness and habit shifting. Bronée's approach to health and weight loss is self-nourishment. When we stop fixing ourselves, and start learning how to make choices and live from a perspective of self-care and self-love, health becomes our life-style and we thrive. She also believes healthy food has to nourish all our senses. Check out her recipes on the blog at Path for Life.

Her new book, "Eat to Feel Full (and Nourish Yourself for Good)", is a beginner's guide to self-nourishment, offering a combination of food knowledge, insights into the habits that block our efforts to transform, and practical techniques for developing a mindful, healthy relationship with food..

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