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November 20, 2011

Healthy Melomakarona Cookies- Vegan, gluten free and agave sweetened

Yum, yum, yum... Melokamaronas! My favorite Christmas cookie :) With half of the olive oil, gluten free flour and moistened with agave and orange juice, this is a healthier spin on the traditional Greek cookie.

Melomakarona Cookies
2 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used oat flour, which has trace gluten levels)
3/4 cup ground walnuts to flour form (1 cup of walnut halves)
1.5 TBSP cinnamon
1 TSP nutmeg
2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice
 1/2 TBSP soda
1/8 cup agave

Syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
1/3-1/2 cup agave
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1 TSP allspice

Garnish
1/3 cup ground walnuts, lightly chopped
Juice of one orange

1. Combine ingredients for cookies, mixing dry ingredients together and then adding the wet ingredients.
2. Roll small balls with your hands and bake for 25 min at 350F.
3. Bring syrup ingredients to a boil, reduce to simmer about 10 minutes.
4. Once cookies come out of the oven, pour over all the syrup and top with ground walnuts.
5. I added an extra bit of moisture by squeezing a half an orange over the cookies.


1 comment:

  1. Wow, thanks. I am from Greece originally and I wanted to recreate these but gluten free. I am glad I found this recipe as I won't have to experiment myself.

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