Challenge accepted. While out to dinner last night with the better half, my aunt and my cousin in was mentioned that I should do something with cardamom. Fast forward to this morning, with my good friend/client Kim, who surprised me with a stash of fresh cherries from this week's DuPont farmers market. Hmmm....what to do, what to do?

I decided on some oatmeal cookies! I feel like I typically default to creativity in muffins, so some drop cookies would be a fresh change. These turned out pretty tasty! Just enough cardamom to really immerse yourself in its scent...not too sweet, and the sweet cherries did a fabulous job complementing the earthiness of the cardamom. Here ya go!

Dry Ingredients
3/4c gluten free oats
1/4c oat flour (I just tossed more oats in the Vitamix and made a flour out of it)
1/4c coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of himalayan sea salt 
about 1/8c dried cherries 

Wet Ingredients
1/4c unsweetened applesauce
1 Tbsp melted grass fed butter ( I used unsalted kerrygold)
1 whole egg

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl, then all the wet in a smaller bowl. Then...mix wet with the dry! Pretty simple - lol. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then spoon some of the mixture (make whatever sizes you prefer!) onto the parchment paper (or use a silicone baking mat - they're great!). Bake for about 10 minutes, depending on the sizes you end up going with. This batch made about 10 cookies. 

I actually split this batch into 2...and when I put my second half in, I added a chopped square of Simply Lite Dark Chocolate. This was the perfect addition :) (but it'll change the macro contents, so just be aware of that if you care about macros!) I also wasn't sure about doing these with the fresh cherries, so I just garnished a few of them (pre bake) with half of a cherry, and they looked super cute when they came out! The juices from the cherry filled the little pit hole, which made for a tasty looking treat!



Macros (per cookie, assuming you made 10 without chocolate)
Protein: 3
Carb: 15
Fat: 3