So we are on about day 13 of a 21 day detox. Did I ever mention that as much as I LOVE what the detox does for my body by the end of it, that I HATE the actual detox! Tonight I was whining about not wanting to drink another darn detox shake when my husband came to the rescue and suggested that we pull down the huge bag of almond flour I just bought and make some cookies. Here is what we came up with, and let me just say we are on to something here, my husband has already eaten 4 of them! (and all the ingredients are Paleo and therefor allowed on our detox, whoo-hoo)
1 1/4 cup almond flour (Blanched Almond Meal Flour, 5 lb.)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1 large egg – beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 medjool dates – pitted and finely chopped
1/4 cup raw walnuts – chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries (organic, no sugar added)
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Stir together almond meal, baking soda and cinnamon, add butter and vanilla, blend until smooth (we use a stand mixer). Fold in walnuts, dates and cranberries. Chill batter in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Spoon out teaspoon sized balls onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Watch cookies carefully, if you don’t cook them long enough they will be a bit moist and soggy, too long and they can burn quickly. Remove from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool. Although, I like to steal one while it is a bit warm, ok… I like to steal two!
Experiment with your own ingredients and amounts. Use more nuts if you like. Try pecans or cashews. Next time I am rolling the cookie balls in shredded coconut before cooking them. Add cacao or organic dark chocolate chips. Trust me on the dates, don’t leave them out, they are a great sweetener. We did not add any extra sweetener, but your could add a touch of raw honey, or to keep it low glycemic try Xylitol.
Your kids will have no idea that these cookies are not loaded with sugar and other toxic ingredients. Haha, your husband will have no idea either 🙂
Have fun with it and post your own variations here for us to check out!
UPDATE: Before I even got a chance to post this blog my husband got a hold of the recipe and has now made these a few more times. We are working on his addiction. No kidding, I got up after him one morning and there were hot cookies on the counter top! So sweet. Here are a few of Andrew’s variations.
Just Walnuts: We ran out of cranberries so he made a batch with just walnuts and left the nuts kind of chunky.
Apple-Cinnamon: Same basic recipe but instead of cranberries chop up some raw peeled apples and add a bit more cinnamon.