Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Healthy Valentine Dessert Pizzas - With Whole Grain Sugar Cookie Recipe (gluten free)


We have a special treat for you today with this month's Recipe Redux! Not only are we so excited to see all the recipes that the other bloggers have come up with this week--As the theme is Pizza. It's one of our favorite foods!--but we are so excited to share these Dessert Pizzas with you! We came up with an awesome totally whole grain sugar cookie that not only looks perfect but also tastes amazing!
As with many of our recipes, these sugar cookies aren't as sugary as your general sugar cookie. We like that. But even still, if you were to frost these, I don't think the general public would think much was different. And as our Dessert Pizzas, they are plenty sweet enough.
We also decided to make them individual sized, because one of my pet peeves with dessert pizza is trying to pick up a piece of it and having to pull it off the pan or try to pull it away from the other pieces. Besides, they're cuter this way! We also used Greek yogurt for the "sauce," which makes it healthier than the usual dessert pizza.
Enjoy!
Ingredients
Sugar cookies
1 C honey
2/3 C coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 C oat flour
2 C brown rice flour
1 C quinoa flour
1 tsp baking soda
Fruit Pizza Topping
2 C plain Greek yogurt
1/4 C honey

1 T vanilla
Fruit
Directions
1. Cream together honey and coconut oil Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined.
2. Mix in dry ingredients, adding the flour in small amounts until you reach the right consistency.
3. Place dough in the refrigerator until chilled, about 1 hour.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies into 3-inch hearts.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool.
 Aren't they great! Can you believe they are 100% whole grain?
6. Mix together yogurt, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl. When you are getting ready to serve, spread the yogurt mixture on the cookies and top with fruit.
Makes 24 cookies.

Note: We grind our own flours, as there are more nutrients in flour when it is freshly ground, although whole grain flour is better for you in any form than white flour! Many stores are carrying ground whole grain flour now. The oat flour can be made by grinding old-fashioned oats in your blender or grinder. The brown rice and quinoa can be ground in a grinder as well. Quinoa often has a bitter powdery covering when it comes in the store (and will probably still have a little bit even if it says it is prewashed). If you are grinding your own quinoa for flour, rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer. Then put it on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes to dry it out and to toast it.. The quinoa will start to turn golden brown, which will give the quinoa flour a nuttier, milder taste.

If you like this recipe, here are some of our other Valentine's Day treat ideas!
Dark Chocolate Cashew Truffles
Strawberry Banana Cream Smoothie
Strawberry Vanilla Valentine Pudding
Whole Grain Heart Pancakes with Honey Buttermilk Syrup
Whole Grain Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

21 comments:

  1. Such a great idea doing a dessert pizza - in my opinion there aren't enough dessert pizzas around!

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  2. This would be a run recipe to make with my kids. We haven't had dessert pizza in forever! I think it's time :)

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    1. That sounds great. I hope you enjoy them. :)

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  3. You reminded me that I've been meaning to grind my own flour (since I got a grain mill). Maybe these cookies will be my first experiment!

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    1. Hooray! Grinding your own flour is wonderful to be able to do. I always feel like I am getting added nutrition. Enjoy!

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  4. Adore this twist on the Pizza Party theme! I've never cooked with quinoa flour before.

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    1. Thanks so much Deanna. It turned out really well.

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  5. These look like such a fun Valentine's treat!

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    1. Thanks so much. Happy Valentines Day!

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  6. I love the mix of whole grains in this cookie. They look so cute for Valentine's Day too. Love your inventiveness with the pizza theme.

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    1. Thanks so much. It is fun way to to make a cookie healthier. :)

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  7. I have been looking for gluten/dairy free cookie recipe. I love quinoa flour in my cookies & I have all these ingredients in my pantry. This sounds great!

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    1. Betsy I hope you enjoy them. It is a fun way to eat quinoa. A cookie can be healthy. :)

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  8. Adorable! And what a fun and different take on the pizza ReDux!

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  9. Love this! I always make a fruit pizza for birthdays, and love the mini idea, especially for valentines day!

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    1. Alex Thank you. That is a great idea for birthdays. I will have to give that a try.

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  10. Hi Cherie,
    This is such a beautiful little dessert. I'm not big on GF but going to make this one.
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

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  11. We had the same thinking this month with our dessert pizzas! Love the shape of yours :) Yay for Valentines Desserts!

    xoxo, Sarah Grace

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    1. Great minds think alike. We love Valentines :). Thank you.

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