“Mom, you have to bake something for school. And, it has to be safe for FiFi.”
That’s what my son told me when we talked about what he wanted for his birthday. I couldn’t be more proud of him for caring so much about his friend, and wanting her to feel included. Pretty cool for an almost 9-year old.
See, the kiddo isn’t the only kid in his class with special food needs. His classroom is gluten-free, nut-free, legume-free, corn-free, shellfish-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Whew.
Generally speaking, no home-baked goods are allowed in the classroom.
But, after a few playground chats and back and forth emails with FiFi’s mom, we settled on a list of ingredients that were safe for both FiFi and the kiddo.
The primary “flour” in this recipe is pumpkin seed flour. I’d already done some baking with sunflower seed flour. And, I’d been mulling over the idea of pumpkin seed flour when Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake posted some delicious-looking pumpkin seed flour cookies. That was just the push I needed to get out the grinder and make a trip to Trader Joe’s for some raw pepitas.
We’re on our third batch of these cookies in a week.
I think they’re keepers.
Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Flour Cookies
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 t. psyllium powder (available at most pharmacies or on Amazon)
6 T. (72 g) organic palm shortening
1 t. vanilla
1.5 cups (180 g) pumpkin seeds, ground in a coffee grinder until floury
6 T. (30 g) cocoa
1/4 cup (28 g) arrowroot starch
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (for soy-free, use Enjoy Life)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a measuring cup, mix the maple syrup and psyllium powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the palm shortening until light and fluffy. Add the maple syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add everything but the chocolate chips and mix until dough comes together. (This will take a minute or two. Be patient.) Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 12 minutes, until firm, but not crispy.
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