What to make with a bag of California Walnuts…why not grind them into walnut meal and make gluten free cookies!
When California Walnuts asked if they could send me a bag of walnuts, I said why not? I could think of all sorts of delicious recipe ideas I could use walnuts in :-).
Our family eats walnuts every day. In our yogurt, cereal, baking, we even take them in a baggie on bike rides for a protein boost. I knew I could put them to good use in making a fun gluten free treat. How do you like to enjoy walnuts?
My first idea was to use the walnuts to make a gluten free chocolate cookie
You can never have enough chocolate! Add in walnuts for protein, and it is a match made in heaven. I often use almond flour in my cookie recipes, but today I a going to make my own walnut flour. If you want to learn how to make your own nut flours, this is a great tutorial.
Are you ready to make some nut meal?
I am testing out my new Cuisinart Immersion Blender that my husband bought me. It came with several attachments and the attachment I was most excited about was the mini grinder.
Add your favorite nuts to the grinder and grind until the nuts are ground up fine. If you grind too long you may end up with homemade nut butter so keep an eye on your walnuts as they grind.
This grinder is really powerful. I purposefully left my walnut meal course so it would add texture to my cookies. I have no doubt that this grinder can make a super fine flour out of these walnuts if needed!
All of the dry ingredients mixed together. You can tell from this photo that there is a lot of texture in these cookies.
Here are the wet ingredients. When I bake with maple syrup, I really think Grade B natural maple syrup is the best. It is a little sweeter, and has more minerals than Grade A.
And now for the secret ingredient, chopped candied ginger. I love this stuff. You can add it to so many desserts like this Gluten Free White Chocolate Candied Ginger Biscotti or this Maple Ginger Butternut Squash Tart.
Make sure to make these pieces of ginger small so the flavor can infuse into the cookies.
Ready to bake. I never know if a gluten free cookie is going to spread out or stay in the cookie scoop shape…
If you are looking for a vegan version, check out these Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites by Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
And now they are ready to enjoy with a glass of milk!
- 1 cup Authentic Foods Multi Blend Flour
- 1 cup ground California Walnuts
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 stick of butter melted
- 1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients.
- Place 1 cup of walnuts into a grinder. I used the grinder attachment on
- Grind walnuts into a coarse meal.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
- Scoop batter onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 minutes, or until cooked.
What are some of your favorite ways to use walnuts?
If you like this recipe, how about another great cookie with nutmeal?
(*I was given a free bag of walnuts to create a recipe with. All opinions are my own)
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