If you have been following this blog for quite some time, you know that I love to bake. Before I started to eat clean, I loved to bake all of those decadent gooey desserts that you see on sites like Pinterest. Changing my diet has taught me to be creative in baking healthier sweets. My husband is a big fan of almond joy, so he had the idea to make almond joy cookies.
These cookies were inspired by my Almond Joy Energy Bites. They are gluten free as well as vegan. My husband worked from home yesterday and he got to taste test them right out of the oven. To quote him verbatim, “These may be the most delicious things you have ever made.” So I had to share them with all of you!
Almond Joy Cookies
The taste of the candy bar with none of the guilt.
- 1 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Nutiva coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground vanilla bean or vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 egg (I used a flax egg replacer)
- 1/2 dark chocolate bar roughly chopped (cacao nibs would work well too)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl. (I actually ground up some rolled oats to make my oat flour.)
- In a saucepan on med heat, combine the almond butter, coconut oil and maple syrup and stir until smooth.
- Let mixture cool.
- Once it’s cooled add it to the dry ingredients and also add the vanilla, egg and almond extract.
- Once everything is well combined, fold in the dark chocolate.
- Drop cookies onto a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 minutes and serve.
Store them in a jar if they will be eaten quickly. For longer storage, keep them in the fridge or even freeze them. Enjoy!