Our easy-to-make almond butter cookies are Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and most importantly, freakin’ delicious. They come out perfectly round, gooey in the middle, and the dark chocolate chips add a hint of sweetness. Sinful? Possibly, but your body won’t feel weighed down or sluggish after eating them.
Are almond butter cookies healthy?
Our almond butter cookies are light and naturally sweetened with maple syrup and contain eggs so, even though they are healthy, they are not allowed on the 21-Day Clean Program. However, you can still maintain the results of your cleanse and treat yourself with almond butter cookies post-cleanse without guilt.
While we suggest keeping snacking on the cleanse to a minimum, if you are craving something sweet and cleanse-approved, try our Protein Balls or our No-Bake Energy Bites as an alternative.
Chocolate to satisfy cravings
When we crave sugar or sweets, it’s great to have healthy alternatives on hand. You can prepare our almond butter cookies ahead of time and eat them during the week, and you can even eat these cookies as a post-workout snack instead of eating a protein bar.
Did you know that dark chocolate in our almond butter cookies is one of the healthiest foods on the planet? Don’t get too excited, though; the health value primarily depends on the quality of the chocolate you buy. Ensure the chocolate is 70% or higher, soy-free, and sweetened with low-glycemic sugars like coconut sugar. Take your dark chocolate addiction to another level by buying it raw. Raw cacao hasn’t been heated and has even more antioxidant benefits and live minerals. Adding dark chocolate to our almond butter cookies gives our bodies a good dose of rich antioxidants like resveratrol, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Healthy snack habits
When transitioning to improving your eating habits, one of our best tips is not to restrict yourself but explore healthier alternatives and to remember to eat everything in moderation. The key is starting your day with a nutrient-dense smoothie, eating high-quality foods when you’re hungry, and having nourishing snacks on hand, so you don’t feel deprived.
If you feel hungry or like you need a snack, drink a glass of water first, then reassess. Ask yourself if you’re craving food because you’re stressed or if you are genuinely hungry. Being more consciously aware of what your body needs and how it reacts to what you put in it will have you thinking differently. Nourish your body to function correctly instead of eating for pure pleasure. Although, this recipe does both!
Almond Butter Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
1 cup creamy almond butter
¼ cup coconut nectar (or maple syrup, if not cleansing)
4 oz. stevia or monk sweetened dark chocolate bar (roughly chopped)
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk almond butter, maple syrup, egg, baking soda, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl, and then fold in chocolate chunks. Use about 2 Tbsp of batter to make each cookie.
Bake in the preheated oven until edges start to turn golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 10 minutes, and enjoy!
Recipe and photos by Dorit Jaffe