Coconut Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

This is what today looks like:

And this is what today looks like for us:

For us, snow days have become sweet, unexpected time off from feeling obligated to get things done.  After sliding off the road on our drive to church this morning, we've opted to stay in watching Parks and Rec on Netflix and baking cookies this afternoon and evening.  

Speaking of cookies--I came up with a dairy and gluten free recipe I really like.  Here's what we're snacking on on this snowy Sunday evening.

Coconut Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

5 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup gluten free flour (I used sweet sorghum flour)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup oats (GF)
1/2 cup craisins
Shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Set aside a large cookie sheet.  Melt coconut oil, then mix with brown sugar in a large bowl until combined.  Add the almond milk, applesauce, honey and vanilla.  Mix in flour, sea salt, baking soda until combined. Mix in oats and craisins.  Scoop tablespoons onto baking sheets and sprinkle shredded coconut on top. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool before eating.  

Five days into this gluten and dairy free lifestyle, and I'm feeling super satisfied! Stay safe and warm, pretties!


Non-Dairy Vanilla Coconut Coffee Creamer

I can drink coffee black, but most of the time I prefer not to.  Honestly, fancy lattes might be one of the hardest things I'm giving up.  Even if I went to a coffee shop and ordered my drink with soy milk, chances are it would be contaminated by dairy products.  Bummer.  BUT, after a little research and playing around in the kitchen, I found a tasty alternative!  I actually like it more than most dairy creamers I've tried, so I'm pretty excited.

Vanilla Coconut Coffee Creamer

1 can coconut milk (full fat)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup or pure cane sugar--your choice)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk coconut milk, almond milk, honey, and cocoa in a sauce pan on medium heat until it fully liquefies and milk begins to steam.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Store in air tight jar in the refrigerator. Add to coffee and sip away. Yum!

I hope you're having a happy Saturday! I know these girls are.