Sugar & Dairy free Nut Butter Cookies

Cookies. I love cookies. The joy of taking a break from the day with a mug of Earl grey tea with a crumbly, chewy cookie… or two.
IMG_9020Chocolate chip, walnut & raisin, peanut butter… I’m not fussy. They just have to be good. I’m not sure if there is anything more disappointing than a sub-standard cookie. Burnt, brittle, bland. Criminal.IMG_9017

I’m pretty good at keeping the savoury treats clean(ish) but I’d not attempted to clean-up my ultimate sinful indulgence. Then it dawned on me, why keep something I love on the “naughty step” but make it a sin-less treat?

cookie1Boy I’m glad I did. Not only is this recipe super quick, rediculosly easy, but most importantly its super clean.

The texture and taste of cookies is thanks to the deadly duo of butter and sugar. Great for taste, not so great for health…or the hips 🙂

Buy commercially packaged cookies (the kind that sit on the middle aisle of the supermarket with an 18 month shelf life) and you can add glucose syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose… or a combination of more than a dozen different versions of processed and artificial sugar and sweeteners. Yikes. Remember how deadly these poisons can be here.

Number one priority in this recipe had to be zero sugar, zero butter, zero chemicals.

Give me three ingredients, and you have the base for an awesome cookie. Depending on your mood (and what you have on the shelf) you can spice up the mix with nuts, fruit or chunks of chocolate. Yum!

The almond butter gives these bad boys their chewy texture, which makes them a dead ringer for the sugary, buttery version. And dabble with your nuts… almond butter is fantastic, but try peanut, hazelnut or cashew for a different taste sensation 🙂 Just one rule with your butters, make sure there is only one ingredient on the list (nuts incase you weren’t sure). If there is any sugar, oil, salt, preservatives… then put the jar back on the shelf.cookie2

The Lucuma (or organic honey) is totally optional. I don’t think its necessary especially if you are adding nuts or fruit (but my boyf has a major sweet tooth) but the option is there! The cinnamon is also a preference thing… personally, I try to add it to everything 😉

Ingredients:

1 cup of oats

1 cup of almond butter

1 egg

Optional:

1/2 a tsp of Ceylon cinnamon

1 tbsp Lucuma powder (or organic honey)

1 cup of chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, dates, chocolate chips (or a combo of all 🙂 )

 

Start my pre-heating the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. By the time you’ve made the cookies, it should be nice and hot. A hot-hot oven is an important factor to giving the cookies a golden crunch, with a chewy centre.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

IMG_9006Next the almond butter. Nut butters can be very stiff and sticky to work with, especially when cold. I sit the butter in a pan of boiled water to make it softer to work with for 5 minutes. Blend the butter with the dry ingredients. Rubbing the mix with your hands works best, and quickest 🙂

Add in the egg and get stuck in with your hands. Thoroughly combine all of the ingredients, and shape the mix into eight balls.

Press the mixture firmly together, press into cookie shapes in the palm of your hand and pop onto a baking tray (I use a pizza tray).

Bake for 15 minutes and try to let the cookies cool until you devour them 🙂

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