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Eating for Wellness with Gluten Free Cherry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

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Gluten-free oatmeal cookies. Before the holiday season gets away from us, I wanted to pass on another recipe for holiday treats that won’t leave you feeling lethargic, achy with inflammation, and bloated from head to toe from processed sugar and bleached flour – gluten free, cherry walnut oatmeal cookies. 

Unlike the chocolate pomegranate clusters recipe which I last shared with you, this one didn’t fall in my lap by way of Facebook. I had to hunt for it. However, gluten-free cooking is rapidly becoming mainstream. So, finding a healthy recipe for the holidays wasn’t really difficult at all. There were so many, in fact, I had a hard time choosing. So, I opted for a perennial favorite – oatmeal cookies – which is also relatively easy to make. 

This recipe came by way of The Kitchn.com. And for all of you grammar and spelling Nazis out there, that is not a typo.  The “e” is left out of the spelling for kitchen, so just settle down! They allowed for downloading the recipe, so I will reprint it for you here rather than send you directly to the website. 

Consider it my own little holiday gift just for you!

According to the site, the recipe was adapted from a cookbook titled Gluten Free Everyday by Robert Landolphi, if you are interested in knowing such things, and the recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

On a personal note, before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I haven’t been too intrigued or interested in gluten-free anything. However, I think that is all about to change. I am becoming increasingly convinced that so much of our ill-health in this country can be linked to food allergens, genetically modified foods, and the over-abundance of food fillers such as wheat. 

For women in menopause, who are being diagnosed with fibromyalgia at increasingly high rates, I think this is an important issue to take into consideration. It is certainly an issue I plan to continue to research and investigate as I gear up for my 2013 undertaking of The Mind-Body Mood Solution by Dr. Jeffrey Rossman, to deal with my own fibromyalgia diagnosis.

In the meantime, may I interest you in some gluten-free, cherry walnut oatmeal cookies? Let me know what you think about them!

Gluten Free Cherry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup brown rice flour 
1/2 cup sweet rice flour 
1/4 cup tapioca flour 
1/2 cup potato starch 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
1/2 teaspoon ground all spice 
1 teaspoon xanthan gum 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 
2/3 cup sugar 
1 large egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
3 cups gluten free oats 
1 cup dried cherries 
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans 
 

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combined the brown rice flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Stir to fully combine.  
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugars. Then beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients to make a thick dough, stir in the oats, cherries and nuts just until combined. 
  4. Drop 1/4 cup full mounds onto the lined pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes (they will seem a little under done). Let cool on the pan for 5 more minutes (they cook a bit more here). Transfer to wire racks and let cool completely.

Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger atThe Perimenopause Blog.

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