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Who is up for a spot of baking this weekend? 

These super soft paleo cookies are a firm favourite in my household. The use of ground almonds instead of regular flours adds more fibre, vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients – it’s a lot less processed and won’t whack your blood sugar giving you more sustainable energy…just what we need to conquer motherhood. To make them, I used a basic cookie base and added the different flavour combinations…  

Why you’ll love this recipe: 

  • They’re gluten-free! 
  • The flavour possibilities are endless. You can get really creative with these…have fun! 
  • They’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without the huge sugar hit of a regular cookie 

I don’t like almonds, can I swap them for something else? 

Definitely. Any ground nuts will work in this recipe, but you may need to adjust the amount of coconut oil slightly if you’re using softer nuts such as walnuts. Coconut flour would make a nice substitution but again you might need to play around with the recipe a little – more cookies for you to try! 

Can I bake these cookies as bars instead? 

Absolutely. You’ll just want to keep an eye on them as they cook as you may need to bake them a little longer, especially as they are a soft bake. 

Which one should I try first!? 

It’s hard to choose between them, but I think my favourite is fig & walnut! 

Ingredients for basic cookie base; (makes 12 cookies) 

190g ground almond
50g coconut oil
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tbsp vanilla extract

For each flavour add: 

>>Traditional Chocolate Chip
60g coarsely chopped dark choc (>70%)

>>Fig and Walnut
3 dried soft figs chopped
40g chopped walnuts

>>Hazelnut and Chocolate
40g coarsely chopped dark choc (>70%)
40g chopped (smashed) hazelnuts

>>Almond and Orange
1 grated orange rind
1/2 a squeezed orange
Flaked almonds for the top

And here’s how to put them together: 

  1.  Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2.  Combine all ingredients
  3.  Chill in the fridge for 30-60minutes 
  4.  Split the dough into 12 balls and press down on lined baking sheet
  5.  Bake for 12minutes

Have you tried this recipe? I’d love to hear how they’ve come out! Share your creations on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @wellnourishedclub 

Love this recipe? Why not try yellow sweet potato and chickpea curry or nutty paleo date slices

Happy baking!