Wheat-Free Halloween Cookies

Children happily devour these Halloween cookies.

Barley flour and spelt flour substitute well for wheat flour in most recipes.
You can use dried cane juice or date sugar instead of sugar.
Date sugar is a naturally produced sweetener that can be used
in baked goods. It is simply dried and ground dates, truly a
whole foods sweetener!

1 cup barley flour
1 cup spelt flour or kamut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup pureed, cooked pumpkin, winter squash, or sweet potato
3/4 cup dried cane juice or date sugar
1/2 cup apple butter or plain yogurt
2 tablespoons cold-pressed vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine flours, soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice in a mixing bowl; set asiide. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, dried cane juice, apple butter, and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture. Lightly oil a cookie sheet and drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes.

Note: Unusual grains can be found in the health food store.

Yummy Yum Frosting

This naturally sweet, beautiful golden-orange frosting is used to top cookies, cupcakes, quick breads, graham crackers, or gingerbread people. This recipe makes enough to frost 2 dozen cookies or a one-layer cake.

1 cup mashed baked yams
2 ounces or 1/4 cup softened cream cheese or soft tofu
2 teaspoons melted unsalted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup or brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon lemn or orange juice

Place yams, cream cheese, butter, syrup, and juice in a bowl and cream together. Puree this mixture in a blender, food processor or with a hand mixer to a smooth, spreadable consistency.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Makes 3/4-1 cup frosting

For Babies 6 Months and Older
Reserve some extra baked yam. Mash well and serve.

Excerpted from Feeding the Whole Family, by Cynthia Lair.Copyright (c) 1997 by Cynthia Lair. Reprinted by permission of Moon Smile Press.
Excerpted from Feeding the Whole Family, by Cynthia Lair.

4 comments

Carol C.
Carol C.5 years ago

Spelt and kamut are both wheat - so the cookies are not "wheat-free."
Carol in Northern CA

Nola g.
Nola g.5 years ago

thank you for the article. I'll have to try them out.

Vicki Remington
Vicki Remington8 years ago

I have little difficulty finding these ingredients as I live in a city in Australia. However, I would like to suggest that Care2 sets aside one small section for those of us who are at the oposite season to America. I am certain there are many of us.
"Vicksun" Brisbane Australia

Jutta Reynolds
Jutta Reynolds8 years ago

I would so much love to try these recepies, but I live in Spain and it is to my deep regret impossible to find a healthfood store on the Costa da Muerte.
Jutta Reynolds
Finisterre/Galicia