Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Wafers (Sugar Free)

Now that it's back to school I'm once again on the lookout for healthy snack foods for after school and school lunches. I ran into this recipe a while back and it's been on my "to-try list" for a while. I finally decided to make it today and boy I'm glad I did. This is a wonderful, love-at-first bite type recipe.

I shouldn't even compare these to the vanilla wafer cookies that you buy in a box at the store because really there's no comparison. It's like comparing store bought rolls with homemade fresh from the oven rolls. These wafer cookies have a sweet, buttery vanilla flavor that resonates with my soul. The fact that they're whole-grain and sugar-free makes me happy to eat them and happy to share them with my family. And of course happy to share the recipe with you, my fabulous readers. I'm quite certain if there was a sugar-free snack heaven, these bite-size, crispy vanilla wafers would be there.



Homemade Vanilla Wafers (Sugar-Free)
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*Makes 12-13 dozen wafers

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 Cup butter
1/2 Cup raw honey
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/4 Cup wonder flour
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 325 F. In a medium mixing bowl cream butter and honey together until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix well until combined. Add wonder flour, sea salt, and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spoon mixture into a zip-lock sandwich bag and zip the top. Cut off a tiny bit of the corner and pipe the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet in nickel sized blobs about 1/2" apart. Bake for 8 minutes at 325 F. Then turn off oven and let sit in oven for another 5-10 minutes until wafers begin to turn golden brown. Be sure to watch carefully so they don't burn. Remove from oven and let cool until crispy and then remove from pans to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough, reusing the parchment paper. Cool completely and then store in an airtight container. They should fresh for a couple of weeks, but I doubt if they'll last that long.

Recipe Source: Adapted from a recipe at Heavenly Homemakers

The easiest way that I've found to make these is to fill up a zip lock bag with the dough. I like to put the bag in a glass so that it doesn't collapse as I'm filling it up.

Zip up the bag and then clip off a tiny corner of the bag to make an opening to pipe the dough out.

Squeeze the bag to pipe the dough into blobs. They don't have to look nice because the heat will melt them into pretty circles.

Here's all my nice dough blobs.

You can see what happens when you put them in the oven.

Now comes the best part: dig in!

13 comments:

~Jenni M.~ said...

Oooo! I'm so excited to try these! :) Thanks for sharing!

Steffanie said...

What is Wonder flour?

Heather {Healthy Family Cookin} said...

Steffanie,

I've modified the recipe and added the link to this post on wonder flour. Hopefully that answers your questions! http://healthyfamilycookin.blogspot.com/2012/01/monday-meet-new-foods-wonder-flour.html 

Anonymous said...

Can you use regular flour instead of Wonder flour and if so what is the measurement for that? Thanks

Heather {Healthy Family Cookin} said...

Yes you can use regular white flour or wheat flour. Should be about 1 cup.

Janice Navarro said...

Any other substitutions for the Wonder Flour?

Heather {Healthy Family Cookin} said...

Hi Janice,

You should be able to use 1 Cup of regular white flour or white wheat flour (pre-packaged) in place of the 1-1/4 Cup freshly ground wonder flour. The rule of thumb is usually about 1/4 Cup more flour for freshly ground than packaged. This is because the flour gets packed down a bit more when they package it.

Mariale said...

I am soooo excited to have found your web page! Tons of amazing recipes and tips. Love the fact that your sugar free recipes are ACTUALLY sugar free and not like other recipes that get me all excited and then ask for "less" sugar but still. Thank you! And please keep posting more. I'm waaay too excited to try your recipes. #1 fan haha :)

Heather {Healthy Family Cookin} said...

Thanks Mariale, hope you like the recipes. I've had the same problem searching for sugar free recipes. Hope you enjoy the ones I share! :)

Margaret Rivers said...



Can I substitute Stevia or other natural sweetner for the honey? If so, how much?

Margaret Rivers
backythehood@gmail.com

Heather {Healthy Family Cookin} said...

Margaret,
I'm sure that would work, but I'm not sure the conversion on it. Probably xgave would be the closest to honey so you could try a 1:1 swap there and see how it goes. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Honey is loaded with sugar? These are not sugar free cookies!

Heather {Healthy Family Cookin} said...

Honey is a natural sweetener, unprocessed and unrefined. I guess it depends on what you are looking for, but you won't find recipes here that replace sugar with a chemical sweetener.

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