Chocolate Chip Bread Crumb Cookies Recipe and Mock Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe- Gluten Free, Vegan, Sugar Free

 photo IMG_0001_zps0f59b25d.jpgDo you ever have extra bread left over that is no longer appetizing to eat because it has gone stale? Don't even think of throwing it out- there are so many things to do with stale bread, from French toast to stuffing to bread pudding, but the most common use for stale bread is making homemade bread crumbs.
But once you have all those bread crumbs, what do you do with them? I mean, you can make shnitzel, and meatballs, homemade fish sticks and breaded noodles.

Did you know, though, that you can also make desserts with bread crumbs?

I first read about it in the Tightwad's Gazette- making chocolate bread crumb cookies- but those called for white sugar, eggs, and in my experience, were a little too oily for my taste.

So this is my version of bread crumb cookies, that are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refines sugar free, and either chocolate chip cookies or mock oatmeal raisin cookies. Of course, if you don't mind sugar or gluten or eggs, I've included those options as well.

I made mine gluten free by using breadcrumbs made out of gluten free flat bread, but feel free to make them out of any bread you have, gluten free or regular.
Note- do not use seasoned bread crumbs for this, or make bread crumbs from bread that has flavors that wont work in cookies, such as garlic or onion, etc...

Chocolate Chip Bread Crumb Cookies Recipe and Mock Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe- Gluten Free, Vegan, Sugar Free

1 cup coconut sugar or 3/4 cup white or brown sugar
2 tablespooons ground flax seeds and 5 tablespoons water
OR 1 egg
1/2 cup coconut oil, palm oil, or butter
2 cups gluten free breadcrumbs
1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour mix (use this recipe or this recipe) OR wheat flour or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon vanilla or scant pinch ground vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
OR 1/2- 1 cup craisins or raisins
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional- use for mock oatmeal raisin)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional- use for mock oatmeal raisin)

1. Mix sugar and oil/butter, and add ground flax seeds and water if using. Let sit for 10 minutes if using flax.

2. Mix the flour, the bread crumbs, the salt, and the baking powder.

3. Mix all the rest of ingredients other than chocolate chips, craisins, or raisins together with the other mixed ingredients. Mix until uniform, and then add the last ingredients.

4. Form into small cookies on a lined cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 350 for 8-15 minutes, or until they're solidified and come off the cookie sheet easily.

6. Let cool before eating.

Variations: Try adding nuts or seeds, peanut butter, or other add ins to adjust the flavor as desired.

What is your favorite use for leftover bread and/or breadcrumbs? Have you ever heard of bread crumb cookies before? Have you ever made them? Does this recipe seem like something you'd try?

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  1. This is such a great idea! Love such ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Those sound good! I never tried making breadcrumb cookies. My favorite use for odd leftovers of bread is Cheesy Vegetable Bread Pudding. If the bread is in crumbs, I'll usually freeze it and use the crumbs as filler when making veggie burgers.

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