Cherry Almond Cookies

Tis the season for holiday baking, so I started simple with these Cherry Almond Cookies. Beautiful, red cherries and toasted almonds are a festive addition to these yummy cookies.


Cherry Almond Cookies - vegan , low sugar and gluten freeCherry Almond Cookies - vegan , low sugar and gluten free
Cherry Almond Cookies – vegan , low sugar and gluten free

Cherries, aside from their festive red coloring boast a whole lot of great nutritional benefits.

Anthocyanin is what gives cherries their deep, rich color and is the flavonoid is responsible for things like reducing inflammation aiding in pain relief.  It’s ability to lower blood sugar levels is exceptionally beneficial in the treatment and reduction of type 2 diabetes. So yeah, I like cherries.

As for almonds, we all know they’re rich in protein but they also pack lots of healthy fats, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E. Just like cherries, almonds help to lower blood sugar levels, and have been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. And if you’re looking to snack, almonds are a great snack to tide you over until your next meal.

With the tasty combination of tart cherries and crunchy toasted almonds, these Cherry Almond Cookies are a deliciously healthy addition to your next holiday par-tay!


Cherry Almond Cookies - vegan , low sugar and gluten freeCherry Almond Cookies - vegan , low sugar and gluten free
Cherry Almond Cookies – vegan , low sugar and gluten free

Cherry Almond Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil; not solid
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic almond extract
  • 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsweetened dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Using a large mixing bowl stir together nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and almond extract. next add tiger nut flour, potato starch, oat flour and baking soda and spices.

Continue to stir until well combined. Next add in rolled oats, toasted almonds and dried cherries. Mix well. The mixture might be a bit sticky so use a large spoon or cookie scoop to scoop out golf ball sized dough and place each one on the baking sheet and press them down gently. Be sure to leave a little space between cookies to allow them to spread a bit.

Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes. When they’re out of the oven, be sure to let them cool otherwise you’ll be left with broken cookies and crumbs… but you could still eat them, haha. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 
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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (24 servings)
Calories 93
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 34mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Micronutrients
Vitamin A 1IU
Vitamin C 0mg
Calcium 29mg
Iron 0mg

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