Low Fat Vegan Maple Flax Cookies

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on October 25, 2011

Kevin and I decided to take it easy this past weekend. He’s been traveling so much for work that it was the first weekend in over 2 months that we’ve been able to just hang out.

What relaxing activities did we do? We sat on the couch and caught up on our favorite shows!

Many episodes of Glee, Terra Nova, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, The Homeland, and The Walking Dead were enjoyed. Oh, and napping, can’t forget all the naps!

And the cookies…

so.many.cookies.

I made these babies on Friday night, a small “test” batch of 6 to make sure the recipe was a keeper.

The plan was to eat 1 each and then take pictures of them on Saturday, but that didn’t happen. I’d like to note also, that I only got to enjoy 1 cookie.

Kevin blamed the 5 missing cookies on Lexy. The crumbs on his shirt told a different story, but it’s rare that I bake cookies that don’t have dried fruit (which he hates) in them, so I let him have this one.

I made a bigger batch on Saturday before my Cross fit class and left them on the cooling rack for the hour.

I came home and what did I see? I’ll tell you what I didn’t see… my cookies!

:|

There is a cookie monster on the loose in Airdrie, Alberta who is making cookie blog picture taking quite a difficult task.

3 days and 4 batches later, I finally have the recipe for you!

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Low Fat Vegan Maple Flax Cookies

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar reduced, Yeast free, Corn free

These simple low fat, low calorie, vegan cookies are the perfect mid-day treat! Our favorite way to enjoy them is dipped in cinnamon apple sauce.

Adapted from: Live Learn Love Eat

Yield: 12 cookies

Servings: 12

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1/3 cup teff flour
  • 1/3 cup light or green buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp whole flax seed
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch Himalayan rock salt

Wet

  • 1/4 cup light maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Roll by scant tablespoons into balls. Place 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheet.
  4. To flatten with a wavy impression, press down on each ball with your index and middle fingers slightly apart like a peace sign.
  5. Bake until bottoms are golden, about 12 to 14 minutes.
  6. Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

note: a combination of other flours can be used but I have not tested. Tapioca or sweet rice flour could replace the arrowroot powder, and brown rice or chickpea flour can replace the teff or buckwheat.

calories: 87 | fat: 3g | carbohydrates: 15g | fiber: 1g | sugars: 4.5g | protein: 1g

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The trick to keeping a batch of cookies in the house for longer than 12 hours: Make them on a Monday morning when the cookie monster hubby is at work. heh I actually got to enjoy some this time!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

these look great! one of the first things I made for my blog were flax/maple cookies. And for a few months had versions of flax bites and balls but they were always no-bake. I love that you baked yours; they look perfect!!!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

These look so good! I’ve never used teff flour. There are a few things I want to make with it so I need to get some. I hope you had an incredible anniversary!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I don’t think these would last very long in my house either! It sounds like you and Kevin had a great weekend together. I’m bookmarking this recipe for my next holiday potluck!

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Faith @ For the Health of It

I can see why y’all went through so many batches – they look delicious! Glad you two had a fun relaxing weekend.

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Deanna

Yum! I love maple and am once again on a big maple kick since I can no longer get my beloved palm sugar locally without paying an arm and a leg. These are definitely on the “to try” list.

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Haha…I loved reading through your little notes about the…umm…cookie monster! Too funny :D Try making cookies with a family of 5 and see how many cookies are left within the next 30 minutes!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

I love flax cookies. I bet they’d also be great dipped in PB or Biscoff spread… mmmm!

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Chelsea

The Walking Dead and Dexter are my two favorite fall shows!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Nice! I’m always worried people are going to think I’m rather morbid for liking the shows. Walking dead is already so good this season, right? Dexter… a little slow… but I guess that’s okay.

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Lindsey

I’ve been visiting your site for a while and love it! Thank you for so much wonderful advice. I have a couple quick questions. I’ve seen so many gluten free treats that look so delicious and although someday in the near future I would like to experiment with different flours, etc…in the meantime, is there an easy way to figure out a subsititution. I have ww pastry, and white whole wheat as well as garbanzo bean flour. I’m curious though..say I used one or a combination of other flours..wuold a substitution generally work in the same volume that the rec. calls for? and would I leave out the arrowroot powder or is that basically a sub for baking soda/powder?

Also..what kind of “light” maple syrup are you referencing? Do you mean light in color or low calorie syrup. I have kept my eyes peeled for a healthy alternative to the low calorie syrups which are filled with artificial sweeteners, etc. Have you been able to find one?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Lindsey, substitutions are challenging with gluten-free flours. I usually have to go to great lengths with some recipes to make them gluten free. I add the starches (like tapioca, white rice flour, and arrowroot) to bind the gluten-free flours together. They generally aren’t needed when baking with gluten flours as the gluten is the thing that binds everything together. If you were to try adapting my recipes to use flours like whole wheat, pastry flour, or other gluten containing flours, an overall change to ingredients may have to be made. For instance, if one of my recipes contain coconut flour; which is quite dry, more gluten cotaining flour will need to be used to offset all the liquid in the recipe. I encourage you to test things out and let me know the outcome though!
For these cookies, you should be able to sub all flours/starches for whole wheat although I have no tried this.
Light in color for the maple syrup :) You want the real stuff, not the diet syrup. I like using real maple syrup and raw honey for recipes that call for syrup as they’re as close to their whole food state as possible. Hope that helps :)

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Andrea

These cookies look so yummy, I could go for a couple for a snack this morning :)

What exactly is teff flour?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Teff is a grain that’s REALLY high in iron, good for us ladies :) Here’s some info on it if you’re interested: http://ezinearticles.com/?Gluten-Free-Eating—What-is-Teff-and-What-Do-I-Do-With-It?&id=3644483

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Andrea

Thank you very much!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

Those look so good. I love flax! I try to hide it in all sort of stuff, but it sounds like the flavor is awesome in these! And I second the questions on teff flour?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I hide it in as much as I can, too! Here’s what I told Andrea about Teff – Teff is a grain that’s REALLY high in iron, good for us ladies. Here’s some info on it if you’re interested: http://ezinearticles.com/?Gluten-Free-Eating—What-is-Teff-and-What-Do-I-Do-With-It?&id=3644483 http://ezinearticles.com/?Gluten-Free-Eating—What-is-Teff-and-What-Do-I-Do-With-It?&id=3644483

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com

LOL! My husband is the same way, except he blames missing food on ninjas since we don’t have a dog.

Glad you finally got to enjoy a cookie! ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Ninjas… awesome! Kevin would totally use that excuse!

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Dominika

Yum! Do you think I could you replace the maple syrup with yacon syrup or coconut nectar?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

It would change the flavor, but I don’t see why not!

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Kim

Yummy!!!! Thanks Leanne :-)

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

If they’re man-approved that’s generally an indication that they’re good :)

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Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen

I love catch up weekends. Great idea to make a test batch of cookies to accompany your tv viewing. Sounds like this lot are keepers. Your Kevin sounds so like my hubby – he too blames missing cookies on Lexy – except we don’t have a Lexy :)

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gluten free gift

these look really GREAT – I tend to like a drier cookie (with tea!) and these look right up my alley. I’m also collecting egg-less cookie recipes for a few peeps that are struggling without. Keep the healthy options coming! Grazie :) Claudine

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Lori @ Laurel of Leaves

I have a cookie thief in my house, too! It’s usually when I make my Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip cookies, but I have a feeling these will be subject to theft as well. They sound delicious!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Banana coconut chocolate chips, hmm those sound delicious!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com

I think I Love you MORE after seeing this recipe…..SWOON!! I love Maple anything!! Can’t wait to try these!!

I’m so happy you got to rest all weekend with your hunka man ;)

xxoo

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hunka man, haha I love it! I’m happy we were able to do it too, it’s so rare that we get to just relax :)

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

I am with Kevin…I would scarf these down in a heart beat. What a wonderful cookie and a great way to reward yourselves during a relaxing weekend.

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Charlotte

Oh, these look delish. I wouldn’t leave a batch unattended, that’s for sure :)

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Laura Dickerson

I just made a batch and they’re awesome!! I can totally see how they disappeared so quickly :) I added a little pumpkin pie spice to mine and it gave it a nice twist. I love the smaller batch size since I’m just cooking for myself.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh yum! I’ll have to try them with pumpkin spice, great idea!

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Juli Mitschke

I can’t get my hands on grapeseed oil. Can I substitute olive oil?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You could try melted coconut oil, sunflower oil, or canola. Olive oil would give the cookies a bit of a savory taste which I don’t think would taste all too great. Good luck!

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Kerry

These are great! I subbed the buckwheat flour for half chickpea and half brown rice. I also used honey. They are delicious – I love teff flour. Oh, and I added dairy-free chocolate chunks… because everything is better with chocolate!

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