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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

    This recipe is courtesy of Christine Ruch & Registered Dietitian Jane Reagan. It comes from their cookbook “Cooking is Cool!” and website www.healthyfoodconnections.com

    A little note from Christine.. “The thing that Jane and I are most proud of, is that this cookbook is entirely allergen friendly. We are hoping that is allergen friendly cookbook for kids will be especially good for those children and families with food allergies. Having kids and families learn to cook for their food intolerances gives them a sense of power and accomplishment over what can seem like an alienating health issue. All recipes are original, and Jane has added nutrition information highlighting certain healthful ingredients in each of the recipes”.

    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

    3 ripe bananas
    2 tablespoons agave nectar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup coconut oil, barely warm (so it is liquid, not solid)
    2 cups rolled oats
    2/3 cups almond flour
    1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 cup dark chocolate chips
    1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
    1 teaspoon orange zest

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°
    2. In a large bowl mash together the bananas, agave nectar, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside.
    3. In another bowl stir together the oats, almond flour, shredded coconut, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
    4. Fold in the chocolate chips, dried cranberries and orange zest.
    5. The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, don’t worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet.
    6. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes.

    Baking Note* I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect – just shy of 15 minutes seems to be about right.

    Makes about 3 dozen bite size cookies

    Enjoy and for more info; check out their website and cookbook!