These cookies won’t cramp your style! They’ve got natural sweetener, healthy nuts and are surprisingly nutritious for a sweet treat.

1 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon anise seed, gently crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup pine nuts (pignoli), toasted
1/4 cup maple syrup

Makes 12 cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. To toast the pignoli, heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add pignoli and stir continuously for 5 minutes as they toast. Remove immediately to a plate and allow to cool. Chop coarsely. In a bowl, combine the flours, anise seed, salt, baking soda and pignoli. In another bowl, thoroughly whisk together the maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry mixture for a soft dough. Form the dough into balls about 1" in diameter and then press each ball into a round cookie about 1/4" thick. Set cookies on oiled cookie sheets about 1" apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Nutritional Information
Calories  260
Calories from Fat  114
Total Fat  13g
Saturated Fat  2g
Mono Fat  3g
Sodium  104mg
Total Carbs  32g
Dietary Fiber  2g
Sugars  4g
Protein  4g