We all have them.
I too get cravings for things I ‘don’t typically eat’. Not much for crusty bread or bowls of ice cream these days.
But I’ve been slightly craving a dense, moist, lemon poppy seed quick bread for oh 4 years now give or take. I think lemon poppy seed is the unsung hero of breads. Never mind that I’d be hard pressed to find a good gluten free version to avert the craving, but I don’t really eat grains these days anyways.
But 4 year cravings die hard, so I had to take action.
Yes, I “healthified” a recipe, although these cookies are really nothing like a moist slice of quick bread. In this case, as always when I change up a recipe, it is not to make it low cal, low fat, etc. (Last time I checked almond meal and coconut oil aren’t exactly low cal or low fat). I choose to eat low sugar and grain free for my health, so my recipes reflect that.
4 year craving satisfied, in a much healthier and filling way.
And they’re totally addictingly bright tasting and delicious. They aren’t a moist, dense slice of bread by any means but they are fabulous in their own little unsung way.
Grain Free Lemon Poppy Seed No Bake Cookies
These are grain, gluten, sugar, and dairy free. No bake. Protein Cookies. There’s a mouthful for you. Makes 8-9 cookies, only taking 2 minutes to mix everything together and pop into the freezer. Dessert in no time.
- 1/2 cup almond flour (any nut flour would do)
- 1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder*
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (may need 1-2 Tbsp more depending on consistency you prefer)
- Juice from 1/4 lemon (1 Tbsp)
- 1 Tbsp Lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Stevia to taste (I used about 6 drops of liquid stevia)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
* If you don’t have protein powder, try substituting it with an additional 1/4 cup of coconut flour instead. You could also use any protein powder you have but it will alter the taste depending.
Add dry ingredients (flours, protein powder, poppy seeds, salt) into a bowl and mix to combine.
Melt coconut oil in a microwave or oven and add in lemon juice, zest, and vanilla. Pour coconut oil mixture into the dry ingredients and stir very well until a dough is made. You may need to add a bit more melted coconut oil for desired consistency.
Roll into balls or flatten into cookies and place on a cookie sheet or plate and put into the freezer for 10 minutes or so. Should make about 8-9. Keep cold and enjoy!
Do you crave things that you “don’t eat” (for health or otherwise)? Do you enjoy lemon poppy seed?