341. Emergency Scones [Vegan, Flourless, NSA]

Emergency Scones | Vegan, Flourless, NSA | Ann Ning Learning How


This is a variation of my Emergency Cookies because sometimes you just need a scone.  This might be a foreign statement for you.  But I was raised by Baker Smurf – so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

I made scones routinely in Oregon.  I used whole wheat flour and subbed buttermilk for the cream.  I always added cocoa and dried strawberries so mine were chocolate strawberry scones, and I thought they were fantastic until Mommy would come to visit me, make a batch of her classic tender triangles and I’d remember how good the originals were.

This recipe uses no flour or added sugar and I made them orange cranberry since that’s Mommy’s go-to combination.  They are lovely!  They make two small scones, so Mommy and I shared them and she said she liked them and would enjoy them again when I made them next. Poor Tanpo was not invited to the tea party, not that he would have partaken anyway :).

But I’m not sure when the “next time” is going to happen bc I’m going through one of those not-wanting-to-eat phases.  CMD gave me some high-octane herbs to combat the nausea and make me hungrier but I haven’t been up to swallowing them.  The only thing that has helped is more exercise – so I’m going with the work-out route for now as best as I can.  So I might be light on the recipes in the next few weeks.

Emergency Scones – Orange Cranberry (Vegan, Flourless, NSA)
Yields 2 small scones
Preheat toaster oven to 350

  • 2 Tb almond butter
  • 1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tb ground flax
  • 2 Tb rolled (GF) oats
  • splash of vanilla
  • handful of craisins
  • handful of slivered almonds (optional)
  • orange zest to taste – I used about ¼ of an orange

Note:  I used a dinner spoon and not an actual measuring spoon. 

Mix everything together.  Form into desired shape on a parchment lined pan.
(I made a square I cut into 2 triangles.) Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

More Scones:

266.  Sun|Almond Butter Scones

266. Sun|Almond Butter Scones

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307. Christmas Emergency Cookies

Christmas Emergency Cookies | flourless, NSA | Ann Ning Learning How

I love candy cane Hershey’s Kisses. If you have not had these before they are little white chocolate kisses with red stripes in them and crunchy little red things. Chocolate and mint – a winning combination, especially this time of year. For the past couple of days Mommy has been saying, “I smell peppermint” whenever I’m around bc I keep on adding peppermint extract to everything and my motor skills invariably lead to spillage. Peppermint hot chocolate, peppermint mochas, peppermint herbal coffee, and now, Christmas Emergency Cookies!

I made mine with 2 Tb of desiccated coconut and 1 Tb of arrowroot – that’s why they look puffier in the picture than my other Chocolate Emergency Cookies. I didn’t prefer the texture of the added arrowroot. I like it in my non-chocolate EC’s but these already have 2 Tb of cocoa powder in them so the arrowroot was superfluous. They were still delicious, though, and I will be eating all of them soon. (Note: these cookies would be GF except for the Kisses. I did a cursory web check re. the gluten-status of CCHKisses and I don’t think they are. If you are allergic, though, you probably know better than I do. One site said the plain milk chocolate Kisses are GF to 20 ppm so you could sub those! The cookie itself is minty so you would still get the effect. )

Christmas Emergency Cookies

Flourless and Gluten Free, No Sugar Added (except for the Kisses)

Preheat toaster oven to 350

  • 2/3 c almond butter
  • 1/3 c unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tb unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 Tb desiccated coconut or rolled oats
  • 1 Tb ground flax
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • splash of vanilla
  • splash of peppermint extract

Mix everything together. Drop via ice cream scoop onto a parchment lined baking tray (I always use the toaster oven.) Bake for 12 minutes at 350.

  • 6 Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses, for topping

Take out of the oven. While still hot, press a Candy Cane Kiss into the center of each cookie (I got 6.) Be careful! Mommy did this part for me. Thanks, Mom xoxo.

Chunky Monkey Emergency Cookies |Flourless, GF, Vegan | Ann Ning Learning How

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297. Flourless Chunky Monkey Emergency Cookies [Gluten Free, Vegan, No Sugar Added]

Chunky Monkey Emergency Cookies |Flourless, GF, Vegan | Ann Ning Learning How

You could have guessed that this was going to happen. I love ice cream, and I love cookies…It doesn’t take a brain surgeon…(pun intended). I haven’t had Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream in years. But when Mom brought it home one day when I was still a teenager I was like, Umm…this is SO good. At that point I didn’t even really like bananas, so maybe it was the name that caught my fancy.

In any case, I didn’t feel like using only half a banana so I threw a whole (small) very ripe banana in and increased the ground flax seed. I got 8 cookies out of this batch – still small, but gauge the size of your toaster oven and plan accordingly. I tried this with both sun butter and regular peanut butter. Both are delicious, but you should be aware (and I apologize for not telling you this during Sun Butter Week) that sun butter often bakes up green due to the chlorophyll in the sunflower seeds. I Googled it, and as you know, the internet does not lie. The green colored baked goods are safe to eat but I thought they might be rather off-putting in the pictures, so I tried a peanut butter version. Success!! If, however, you want to use sun butter you could try squeezing some lemon juice in there.

The fuzzy monkey you see in the background in the picture above was a gift to me in the hospital from my dear friends (college roomates) who drove up from California to visit me. See (look over Karine’s right shoulder)?

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Sadly, I was still asleep, otherwise we would have had a grand old time. 2 seconds after I took the title photo, this happened:

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Chunky Monkey Emergency Cookies (GF, Vegan, NSA)

Makes around 8 cookies
Preheat oven to 350

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 small ripe banana (or half of a large banana)
  • 2 Tb ground flax
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • splash of vanilla
  • handful DF chocolate chips
  • handful walnuts

Mix the peanut butter and banana first – I used a fork to mash the banana into the PB. Mix everything else in. Drop by the large spoonful or ice cream scoop onto your greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Store in the freezer. If you don’t devour them immediately, enjoy them straight from freezer, barely defrosted, or reheated in the toaster oven.

for other Emergency Cookie variations: click here.

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291. Chocolate Emergency Cookies

Chocolat Emergency Cookies | Flourless, Eggless, NSA | Ann Ning Learning How


In case you didn’t guess this already, these are my new favorite cookies. To review:  I call them “Emergency” Cookies bc they bake up so fast – seriously, it just takes the laziest of stirring with a dinner spoon or fork, and your’e done.   J and I are sharing a Winter CSA (Yay!) and she came over last week to drop off some produce so I took the opportunity to bake up an Emergency Cookie variation.  Chocolate, my friends!  Chocolate is one of the areas that I give myself (lots of) leeway when it comes to veganism.  These would be vegan except that I couldn’t resist putting in a handful of the white chocolate chips that live on an upper shelf in the pantry. (Side note:  Let’s assume my white cc’s are gluten free.  I’ll go check in a minute.)  But they are still flourless, eggless, made with no added sugar, and yummy for my tummy.  Don’t let the list of dietary attributes deter you from making these – these are delightful.  And I don’t joke about cookies.  If you require true vegan/dairy-free cookies, though, just use the chips you know are sanctioned.

Chocolate Emergency Cookies

Makes 6-7 cookies; these mix up in a flash and bake up in the toaster oven.  Time elapsed from when you start mixing to when you taste one warm from the oven:  15-20 minutes

Preheat toaster oven to 350, grease a small baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silpat.

▪   Approx. 2/3 c almond butter

▪   1/3 c unsweetened applesauce

▪   1 Tbsp ground flax

▪   ¼ tsp baking soda

▪   splash of vanilla

▪   2 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder

▪   2 Tb unsweetened shredded coconut (or sub rolled oats)

▪   handful of white chocolate chips

Mix the almond butter and applesauce.  When combined, add everything else in.  Drop by the spoonful or use an ice cream scoop to make cookie dough lumps on a greased or silpat/parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.  Let cool a little before digging in.  Store in the freezer (if you don’t eat them all).  If not warm from the oven, I like mine straight from the freezer or barely defrosted.

Emergency Cookie Variations:

Flourless Emergency Cookies | GF, Vegan, NSA| Ann Ning Learning How

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279. Timmy’s Monster Cookie [Single Serving, GF, Flourless, Egg-Free, No Sugar Added)

Monster Cookie | Single Serving, GF, Egg Free, No Added Sugar | Ann Ning Learning How


I love how easy this cookie recipe is.  My posts have been a little heavier this week, so I wanted to send you of to enjoy your weekend with something light and fun.  Boo Boo asked last week if the Emergency Cookies worked with peanut butter.  (Timmy likes PB.)  Based on the success of this recipe, I’m going with “YES.”

Flourless Emergency Cookies | GF, Vegan, NSA| Ann Ning Learning HowLast weekend Ruthie asked me if I called them “Emergency Cookies” bc I was having last-minute company and I wanted to make something for my guests.  No-no, I assured her.  The fact that I wanted a cookie and had nothing suitable on hand constituted an emergency for me.  All 3 times.  Glad we cleared that up.

But I wanted to try a peanut butter cookie recipe for Timmy (side note: no one else calls him “Timmy” apart from our family.  Ai Ai says I started it a long time ago, but I have no recollection of this – which isn’t to say that it’s not true), and this is also a good cookie option for MMN/Mrs. T – I can’t wait to tell her about it.  Peanut Butter lovers UNITE!

PS.  I tried this twice.  The first time I used more applesauce, and the cookie was a little soft – still delicious – but soft.  This might have been influenced by my inability to wait for the cookie to cool before consuming it, though.  Tip:  if you are like me, and can’t wait to eat the cookie, use a fork and be happy.  On the second round (the recipe I’m going with below) I used less applesauce, plus I let it cool and the texture was suitable for hand-eating.

Timmy’s Monster Cookie [GF, Flourless, Egg-Free, NSA]

Single Serving
Preheat toaster oven to 350 

  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp GF rolled oats, or sub coconut
  • ½ Tbsp ground flax
  • ½ Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • a few M&M’s (as many as you feel comfortable with)

Mix well.  Form a cookie on a piece of parchment paper on a small tray.  I also tried a silicon muffin thing – that’s why the cookie in my picture is small (it’s tall).  Depending on your method, the cookie could be plenty big.  If there are two of you, double the recipe.  Dot the top with M&M’s if you like.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.

274. Flourless Emergency Cookies [Gluten Free, Vegan, No Sugar Added]

Flourless Emergency Cookies | GF, Vegan, NSA| Ann Ning Learning How

I had an emergency on Monday.  A cookie emergency.

And then I had an emergency on Wednesday.

Twice.

These flourless cookies saved the day (all three times).  You can make them oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip, depending on your mood.  If you are truly allergic to gluten/dairy, use certified GF oats and DF chocolate chips.  If you’re just pretending like I am, you can play it loosey-goosey.

Emergency Cookies [GF, Vegan, NSA]

Makes 6-7 cookies; these mix up in a flash and bake up in the toaster oven.  Time elapsed from when you start mixing to when you taste one warm from the oven:  15-20 minutes

Preheat toaster oven to 350, grease a small baking sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silpat.

  • Approx. 2/3 c almond butter
  • 1/3 c applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • splash of vanilla

for oatmeal raisin:

  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats
  • handful of raisins
  • dash of cinnamon

for chocolate chip:

  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (you could sub oats or do 1 Tbsp coconut and 1 Tbsp arrowroot)
  • handful of chocolate chips

 

Mix the almond butter and applesauce.  When combined, add everything else in and stir well.  Mine fit in a 2-cup measuring cup with lots of room to spare.  Drop by the spoonful or a mini ice cream scoop onto your baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.

 

Me want COOKIE

34.  (Tough) Cookie Monster

34. (Tough) Cookie Monster