Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Raw Almond Cookies

Here we go again.  I started another raw food fast yesterday.  Well, mostly.  I am allowing myself a few very healthy cooked foods as well.   I might as well just declare 5 days a week raw food days.  I feel like I have 'gone raw' a lot lately.  I made myself carrot/ginger/grapefruit juice yesterday for breakfast, a salad for lunch, snacked on organic blueberries all day and had miso soup sans the tofu, raw vegan sushi and a small salad for dinner.  For dessert, a banana whip made using the Dole Yonanas machine.  It was just 2 bananas through the machine and a splash of organic vanilla extract.  Delicious!

After talking to a friend, I was craving a raw dessert or sweet that had more substance to it.  I have also been craving almond cookies for months...the Italian kind...so I threw some shit together in a bowl and Voila!  Raw Almond Cookies.  Seriously some of the best raw cookies Ive had and SO FREAKING EASY its ridiculous.  They have been taste tested by several and blog approved.  Let me know what you think!  =)
If you are vegan, you can substitute the honey with soaked and blended dates...I just really love honey!!

Raw Almond Cookies

1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup ground flax meal
1/3 cup raw honey 
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pure almond extract
coconut oil 
slivered almond pieces

Mix the almond flour and flax meal together.  Toss in the honey and extracts and mix thoroughly.  Put a little bit of coconut oil onto your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to you too much.  Roll into 12 small balls and flatten in your hand then place onto a tray or cookie sheet.  Using a fork, dip lightly into the coconut oil (just to prevent sticking) and use the back to press the cookies flat on the tray.  Garnish each with 1 or 2 slivered almonds.  Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes and then store in the fridge.  This only makes 12 cookies and they go too fast so I have no idea how long you can store them.  Between myself and my 2 kids, a batch of 12 doesn't last much longer than a few hours.  =)