Paleo Ranger Cookies. That is what is on the menu this week friends. And trust me these are good! Like really, really, good.
But what a funny name. Ranger cookies. Did you guys grow up eating these? I did. My grandma made these ever since we were little. I really wonder how these originally got their name. Were these really the cookies that rangers ate after a long day of riding, sitting around the campfire at night after they had set up camp for the night? I just can't picture it. And a quick google search was totally un-helpful. So if anyone knows the origin of the name of these cookies please pipe up! I am always looking to expand my random knowledge. You just never know, it just might come in handy for that day you appear on Jeopardy or play your next game of Trivial Pursuit...
Now traditional ranger cookies are made with oats and shredded coconut, but since we are avoiding all grains (you can read why here) these don't have any oats in them. But they still have a great texture just with the shredded coconut alone. At least if you ask me (and Erik). We brought these on the plane with us when we went to Bali, and they didn't last long. At. All.
I always bring a ton of snacks on the plane because you just never know if you will be able to find safe food when you are travelling. Think fruits, chopped veggies, soaked and dehydrated nuts, Epic bars, canned tuna and salmon (yes really) and usually one or two baked goods that I have made ahead of time. Honestly, my carry-on bag is always so heavy because of all my snacks! Totally worth it though. I would much rather carry a few extra pounds on my back than get sick. There is nothing worse than being sick on a plane. Ugh so gross!
These cookies are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free and safe for the paleo, SCD, GAPS and low FODMAP diets. Just be aware that according to Monash University app, 1/4 cup of almond flour is considered safe for the low FODMAP diet, so I would only have one (possibly two) cookies at a time if you are on the low FODMAP diet. It's similar for shredded coconut, 1/4 cup is allowed but more could be bad news. So if FODMAPS are an issue for you sticking with one cookie at a time is probably your best bet. I'm sorry. That's going to be challenging I know. But the good thing is that these cookies hold up really well in the freezer so they will just last that much longer for you!
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Paleo Ranger Cookies
2 1/2 cups almond flour (I use this brand)
1 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut (I use this kind)
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch sea salt
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted (this brand is my favourite)
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (I recommend this kind)
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (buy here)
1 egg or 1 grassfed gelatin egg (Vital Proteins is my favourite brand of gelatin)
*** To make a gelatin egg: combine 1 TBSP grassfed gelatin with 1 TBSP cold water and stir vigorously until the gelatin dissolves, then add 2 TBSP boiling water and beat well (it should make a frothy type substance) - I recommend using Vital Proteins Green Container gelatin or Great Lakes Red Container gelatin
1. Preheat your oven to 350F
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients
3. Add the wet ingredients and blend well with a pastry blender (or spoon)
4. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
5. Form the dough into ~1inch balls and place on the parchment paper
6. Using a fork flatten the cookies using a crosshatch pattern (Tip: wet the fork every few cookies to prevent the dough from sticking to the fork)
7. Place the trays in the oven and cook for 15-16 minutes, or until golden on the bottom
8. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes
9. Serve and enjoy!
Yields: 20 cookies
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