Delicious Vanilla Almond Cookies

FROM THE FIELDS - ISSUE #52

Here are two powerhouse ingredients that have a great nutrition profile and tastes great in cookie form! We’ve created a delicious recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth while still keeping things on the healthy side…

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DID YOU KNOW that nuts and seeds are the vehicles of plant reproduction? Locked instead each and every one of them is the genetic material for the entire plant as well as a good amount of nutrients, fibre and fat- a key component to a healthy diet. Nuts in particular are a good source of arginine- an amino acid that plays an important role in detoxification reactions, wound healing, immune functions and promotion of the secretion of many hormones, including insulin and growth hormone.

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TREAT YOURSELF to these delicious vanilla almond cookies, as they are a fantastic way to satisfy your sweet tooth and still keep a little extra nutrient to your plate. Yes, there are more nutrients in salads or a green juice but sometimes you just need a little something sweet. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, fibre, rich in B vitamins and the essential mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids- necessary for lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol).  Vanilla extract contains small amounts of B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6. These vitamins help in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function and regulating body metabolism. As we spring into the new season and start thinking about when to start cleansing and how to get more greens onto out plates, take a pre-break with these little treats as we prepare for farmers’ markets and BBQ dinners outside.

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Delicious Vanilla Almond Cookies

Makes about 15 cookies.

INGREDIENTS

.        1 cup Almonds, meal or freshly ground.

.        3/4 cup Gluten Free Flour

.        ½ tsp Baking Powder

.        2 eggs

.        1 ½ tsp Vanilla- fresh or extract

.        ¼ cup Maple Syrup

.        1/3 cup Coconut Oil

.        ¼ cup Almond Butter (with no added oil)

.        ¼ cup Almond slivers.

INSTRUCTIONS

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.    In a small bowl combine flour, ground almonds and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, oil, almond butter and combine fully. Then add the small bowl of dry ingredients and make sure it is fully combined. Lightly fold in the almond slivers. Keep some to decorate on top.

3.    Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper and form batter into about 1-2 inch balls. Flatten with your fingers or a fork so they are still about 2 cm thick. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are a light golden colour. Remove from heat and place on a cooling rack.