Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Almond Sesame Christmas Cookies

Before I get to the recipe I wanted to address the big elephant in the room...  The blog is getting a makeover!  Yay, I am so excited to show you the final look.  It should all be completed soon, in the mean time please excuse the "web-construction" . ;o)  BTW! I lost the comment section of my last two posts, so if you posted a comment that did not get replied, I apologize.  It should all be up and running soon...

It's a bit messy in here at the moment so watch your finger clicks...  Let's get to the recipe ;o)
My favorite holiday cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms.  Who's with me!??  I love the richness of the peanut butter and that delicious kiss on top.  Ok! stop salivating now...
 There is nothing wrong with indulging on one of those during the holiday season, the problem is that if you are anything like me, it is hard to stop at just one, or two or three...

Being healthy does not mean that you can never ever have a cookie.  We just get creative in the kitchen and make healthier ones...   After all, we are healthy eaters and workout lovers here, we do not have time for a zero nutrition value cookie, right? Right!  

Here is my twist on the traditional Peanut Butter Blossom cookies...   I should mention that these are also paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and just the perfect bite of nutrition and healthy fats!

Almond Sesame Christmas Cookies

Ingredients (makes 25 1 tbsp. size cookies:)
3/4 cup of tahini 
 1/2 cup of melted virgin coconut oil
1 egg
1/2 cup of baking Truvia
1 cup of almond meal (I used Trader Joe's)
2 tbsp. of coconut flour (I used Let's do organic)
1 tsp. of baking powder
1/4 tsp. of salt

I also used:
a baking tray lined with parchment paper
a fork
a wire rack for cooling cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl mix together the tahini, coconut oil, egg and truvia until smooth.  Note: It is ok if your tahini is a bit clumpy from the oil separation that tends to occur with most natural seed butters, it will add great texture to the cookies.  

Combine the almond meal, coconut flour, salt and baking powder; stir into the batter until well combined.  Roll into one tablespoon size balls and placed on parchment covered cookie sheet.  Flatten the cookies slightly with a fork.

Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges of the cookies are slightly toasted.

Feel free to use any nut butter you have at hand.  If you are not a fan of using Truvia for baking, use 1/2 cup of honey + 1/2 cup of brown sugar or coconut sugar instead.

 Yass!  All you need is a cup of unsweetened almond milk and you are set for Christmas! 
Easy and Nutritious!
Make these for Santa this Christmas, we all know he is going to need a power cookie to deliver all of those presents! ;o)

Question: What's your favorite holiday cookie?