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The holidays are upon us and during this time I know many people (including myself) bake cookies. I wanted to make a healthier cookie that incorporated whole grains and less butter and sugar than traditional cookie recipes. I chose buckwheat cereal because it is a whole grain and I happened to have some on hand. This recipe could also be easily made with oats instead of buckwheat cereal, just make sure that if you are gluten free you purchase gluten free oats (not all oats are gluten free). I also used less sugar than other cookie recipes I came across and used only 1/2 cup of butter (most oatmeal cookie recipes had a whole cup!). I did add a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce to account for the decrease in butter. Even with my alterations, it still looked and tasted like a delicious cookie 🙂

Buckwheat (or Oatmeal) cookies

1/2 cup Dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup Craisins
3 cups Buckwheat cereal (or Oatmeal)
1.5 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together except for choc chips and craisins. Add wet ingredients and mix together until uniform. Add choc chips and craisins. Stir together. Roll into 1 inch balls and put on cookie sheet. Bake for about ten minutes. Makes approximately 60 cookies.
Happy Holidays!!!!