Nutty, Milky, Good For You Cookies

nutty, milky cookies
nutty, milky cookies

It’s the holidays, so everywhere you look and turn are sweet treats and tempting seasonal cookies, chocolates, and cakes you would love to dig your face into.  Let’s not throw away all of the hard work of eating healthy and being fit this holiday season.  Indulge in my nutty, milky, good for you cookies and you’ll forget about all of the peppermint bark, fruit cakes, and egg nog…. hopefully.

I love these cookies because they really do pack a lot of sweet flavor but all of the sweetness is actually pure and not bad for you.  Instead of using regular white flour, I used almond flour which is basically finely ground almonds.  Also, instead of granulated sugar, I used organic maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla almond milk.  For some extra sweetness, I tossed into chopped medjool dates which are naturally sweet and sticky! If you’ve never had them before, you will love them.

Bring a batch of these cookies to your next holiday party and feel great indulging the guilt-free way. For this recipe you will need:

3 cups ground almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
1/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped medjool dates, seed removed

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Combine the almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl.  Then, beat the maple syrup and almond butter in a standing mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer.  Once the two are well combined, slowly add the whole egg and egg whites on low speed followed by the vanilla extract.  Then, slowly add the almond flour mixture in shifts with the almond milk, so it will be dry, wet, dry, wet, dry (ending with the flour).

If the mixture is still too sticky and thick, you may add a splash more almond milk.  Lastly, mix in the chopped pecans and medjool dates with a large spatula.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and place spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto the paper, 1 inch apart from each other.  Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.

That’s all she wrote, folks! You will love these guiltless cookies as a sweet, late night treat or someone else will love them as a holiday gift.  Happy Holidays!

 

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