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Lean Recipe:
Amaranth Drop Cookies, no sugar/no butter

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This recipe is ideal for anyone who doesn't want the insulin swings, osteoporosis, increased risk of diabetes, excess body fat, and tooth decay that come from eating refined sugar. It's also ideal for anyone who doesn't want the clogged arteries and saturated fat that butter provides. These cookies contain required-for-health unsaturated fats. And they are delicious!

Dry Moist
  • 1 cup soy flour
  • 1 cup amaranth flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp double-acting baking powder
    (not baking soda)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp stevia

  • 1/2 cup oil (safflower, sunflower, walnut, or similar)
  • 2 eggs (free-range, only)
  • 1 ripe banana (fructose is essential to the process)
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk eggs.
  3. Add oil to eggs.
  4. Preheat oven to 380.
  5. Puree banana in blender, adding water/milk from cup as needed.
  6. Add banana slurry to egg/oil mix.
  7. Use remaining water/milk to rinse blender jar into egg/oil.
  8. Add mixed wet ingredients to dry.
  9. Mix thoroughly. These are drop cookies; thicken batter as needed by adding amaranth or a good vegan protein powder.
  10. Spray oil onto cookie sheets, using oil mister or spread thin film by hand.
  11. Use a metal tablespoon to drop cookie batter onto cookie sheet (8 to 12 per sheet).
  12. Sprinkle more nutmeg on cookies, if desired, for additional flavor.
  13. Bake 14 minutes; cookies will begin to brown.
  14. Re-oil cookie sheets between batches.
Substitution notes
  • Do not replace flours with non-flours.
  • Do not replace sugars with non-sugars.

The cookies will be soft, and they are entirely dunkable! These use no saturated fat, trans fat, or processed sugar.

The high protein of the amaranth and soy will nourish your muscles. The fat in these is the kind your body needs for healthy nerves and tissue, as well as for the metabolism of other fats. The fruits provide fiber and (except for the raisins) low-glycemic sugar.


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