Friday, February 1, 2013

Lemon Vanilla Bean Breakfast Cookies ~ A Paleo, Gluten-Free Recipe


Our littlest baby started sleeping through the night at seven weeks old.  I felt human!  This baby stuff is a piece of cake when you get enough sleep.  I was ready to take over the world!  Until teething, mental, and physical growth spurts hit and I never slept again.


I allow myself to sleep in (for as long as the baby sleeps) every Saturday morning.  This is only possible if breakfast is prepared ahead of time and the older children can satisfy their "starving" bellies themselves.  Enter the breakfast cookie.  I mean, who doesn't want to eat a cookie for breakfast?  Or anytime, for that matter?  These truly can be enjoyed at any hour of the day, thanks to each wholesome ingredient.


Paleo Lemon Vanilla Bean Breakfast Cookies
Prep time: 15 min; bake time; 15 min; makes 20 cookies (leftovers freeze well)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure and pour coconut and almond flours into mixing bowl.  Turn mixer to low and continue to add the rest of the ingredients until fully mixed.
  2. Form cookies by taking about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie, rolling them in a ball with your hands, and gently pressing them down to about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper) for 15 minutes.  Allow to cool completely on the cookie sheet before removing.  Serve immediately, store in air-tight, lidded container on the counter for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to several months.

38 comments:

  1. Could you sub coconut sugar for honey? These sound great!

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  2. I second the honey question! I do love lemon....mmm.

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  3. These look amazing and thankfully I have all the ingredients to try them!! Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. hi! i'm new to your blog, but absolutely love it and have been having a lot of fun trying out your recipes! i tried making these cookies today, but for some reason my dough was super liquidy and not very dough like. any suggestions? i followed the recipe just as you have it. thanks!

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  5. I enjoy reading your blog very much though I am not on the Paleo diet I would LOVE to try these cookies they sound scrumpdilicious, I am not sure how the coconut and almond flour compare to unbleached all purpose flour...would I have to scale back on any ingredients if I used ub ap in place of almond & coconut flour?

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  6. These cookies grabbed my attention! I made them this morning and the taste is awesome. But I can't pick them up - they crumble to pieces. What do I need to adjust? I would love to make them work.

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  7. I"m sorry they didn't hold! You might want to try baking them 5 minutes longer. Be sure to let them cook completely on the baking pan before transferring them to storage. We store them in a mason jar and they hold up being dropped into it and dumped out, so be encouraged that they *can* hold up. :)

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  8. I've not made them with ap flour, but I would assume you could use 1 cup ap instead of the other 2 flours, but this is just a guess.

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  9. Oh no! Maybe try using 1 lemon instead of 2? When I make these, the dough is very pliable and easy to form into balls, so be encouraged that they *can* work. :)

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  10. I made these today and they were so delicious I'm not sure they'll last more than 10 minutes. Mine flattened out and ran into each other while baking so didn't look like the picture, but you can't argue with the flavour. Maybe I needed to make the dough stiffer? Also wondering if the coconut oil should be solid or liquid when you add it. Perhaps this made the difference? I melted mine first.

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  11. hey, do you have to use vanilla beans? Can you omit them if you don't have a vanilla bean? And also, do you melt your oil fist or leave it solid?

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  12. You can omit the vanilla beans. Keep the oil solid. :)

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  13. I'm so glad you liked the taste! They must have run into each other because of the melted oil. I kept mine solid. I just made a not of that on the recipe. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Sorry I didn't catch it beforehand!

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  14. You can omit the vanilla beans. Keep the oil solid. :)

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  15. These looks amazing! I don't have vanilla beans, but I have the rest of the ingredients (I love coconut palm sugar!) Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Oh WOW! Do we ever love these. I didn't have a lemon (how could that happen?) so I used an orange. I didn't have a vanilla bean, so I used 1 teas. vanilla extract, and I added 1/2 tsp. of cream of tartar to give them a little more airiness. I ate three, and my son ate 4 for breakfast this morning. I promised him we'll make them again as soon as we buy lemons! These are a perfect breakfast cookie - so many of the recipes I see are heavy on oats/nuts/etc...and feel like you are eating a dry bowl of cereal. These were light, crunchy, and absolutely perfect for dipping in a big glass of raw milk.

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  17. I'm so glad! And your modifications sound delicious!

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  18. I don't have coconut sugar, but I have sucanat, honey, and organic sugar. If I were going to substitute, which one would you recommend? And would I use the same amount?

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  19. I would use sucanat, cup for cup. :)

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  20. Just made these this afternoon to serve with strawberry smoothies for valentines day breakfast. So surprised at how light they are! I thought they would have more of a shortbread texture, but they are so soft. And delicious! I shaped them slightly into hearts, and they kept their shape well. Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. What a fun idea to shape them like hearts! I'm so glad you liked them. :)

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  22. I made these and had no problems what so ever with the dough! Awesome cookies!

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  23. I'm so glad you like them and they came out right!

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  24. Just made these and they're great! Had to add an extra 8 minutes to baking time, but that's probably due to my location...snowy Ohio! Thanks for another satisfying recipe!

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  25. I'm so glad I came across your website! As soon as I saw this recipe I got up and made these! I've been gluten/grain free for a year and have had a hard time finding any recipes I like with almond/coconut flour. I just had to sub with vanilla extract These are fantastic! I just ate 2 :) Thanks!

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  26. You are so welcome. :) I'm glad they worked for you.

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  27. Awesome! I'm glad they worked even though they needed more baking time. :)

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  28. I just made these tonight and they turned out perfect! I used Becky D's idea and added 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar. I also added blueberries and they taste wonderful!
    ~ Melissa

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