Recipe: ‘Better Than’ Almond Joy Cookies

Better Than Almond Joy Cookies

Finding a cookie recipe that won’t break a whole foods diet is tough. Most contain white flour, white sugar – and plenty of them. The following is my take on a Coconut Macaroon recipe I received at one of our last Weston A Price chapter meetings, though they aren’t really ‘macaroons’ due to the fact that they contain no egg white. (I actually love this fact since I try not to consume just the egg white without the yolk, since I have heard it’s been shown to prevent biotin absorption)

Ingredients

3 cups dried coconut
1 cup almond flour/meal
1 cup honey (preferably raw)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
optional – almonds, and/or equal amounts cocoa/carob, coconut oil, and honey for the chocolate drizzle

Method of Preparation

1. Combine all but the optional ingredients together until well mixed.
2. Place spoonfuls of approximately 2 Tbsp of the mixture onto dehydrator trays and dry at 115° for about 12 hours. The benefit of this is that you will not lose and beneficial properties from the raw honey and coconut oil. If you do not own a dehydrator, never fear! Just place on a cookie sheet and bake as low as your oven will allow for about an hour and a half.
3. Place in a sealed container to retain moisture.
4. If using  almonds, press one into the bottom of the cookie.
5. To include the chocolate sauce, mix together equal amounts of cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and  honey to make a syrup. You can then place a spot of chocolate onto a sheet of waxed paper and press the cookie onto it,

completely coat the cookie in chocolate,

or like the very first photo on this post, just place a small spot of chocolate on top of each one. If using chocolate, place in the refrigerator until set, remove before consuming so they soften.

Not only do these make a great treat for everyone that doesn’t know better, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you won’t be compromising nutrition as much as you would the normal sugar cookies!

*Nourishing Notes

  • Use local raw honey.
  • Extra virgin coconut oil has anti viral and anti fungal properties.
  • Buy only dried coconut with no other fillers in the ingredient list.
    Choose carob powder or raw cocoa for making the chocolate sauce.

The Verdict –

Level of difficulty – These are as easy as they come! just mix together and dehydrate or bake.

Cost – These cost me about $7.00 to make 3 dozen cookies, or about $.20 each.

Time –

  • 15 minutes active prep
  • 12 hours to dehydrate or one hour to bake
  • *optional almond pressing and chocolate syrup, 15 minutes

Taste – These were absolutely phenomenal and I’m pleased to finally have a grain free cookie made with a natural sweetener. Everyone who has tried them loves them (well, maybe not those that don’t like coconut!).

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*remember, though these cookies are made with natural ingredients, this is a compromise recipe!

This post is also linked up to my friend Kelly’s Real Food Christmas Cookie Exchange where you can get other ideas for cookies that include more wholesome ingredients and linked to Gluten Free Recipe Parade at Heavenly Homemakers.

Recipe: 'Better Than' Almond Joy Cookies
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Recipe type: Desserts and Sweet Things
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups dried coconut
  • 1 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 cup honey (preferably raw)
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • optional – almonds, and/or equal amounts cocoa/carob, coconut oil, and honey for the chocolate drizzle
Method of Preparation
  1. Combine all but the optional ingredients together until well mixed.
  2. Place spoonfuls of approximately 2 Tbsp of the mixture onto dehydrator trays and dry at 115° for about 12 hours. The benefit of this is that you will not lose and beneficial properties from the raw honey and coconut oil. If you do not own a dehydrator, never fear! Just place on a cookie sheet and bake as low as your oven will allow for about an hour and a half.
  3. Place in a sealed container to retain moisture.
  4. If using almonds, press one into the bottom of the cookie.
  5. To include the chocolate sauce, mix together equal amounts of cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and honey to make a syrup. You can then place a spot of chocolate onto a sheet of waxed paper and press the cookie onto it,completely coat the cookie in chocolate, or like the very first photo on this post, just place a small spot of chocolate on top of each one.
  6. If using chocolate, place in the refrigerator until set, remove before consuming so they soften.
Notes
*Nourishing Notes Use local raw honey. Extra virgin coconut oil has anti viral and anti fungal properties. Buy only dried coconut with no other fillers in the ingredient list. Choose carob powder or raw cocoa for making the chocolate sauce.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Wow, this looks yummy! I’m so trying it out. :)

  2. Woohoo! I can make these for my family. We have one that is gluten free and I am always on the lookout for treats everyone can enjoy. Thanks so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to try them.

  3. Perfect! I just opened up my jar of coconut oil and gave it a sniff. Then I immediately decided I needed to make macaroons because it smelled so amazing… but I only have three eggs (the chickens are taking their winter break from laying) and I’m all out of rapadura. So I opened up google reader and searched macaroons, just in case I could find a few egg white version that uses honey somewhere in all the blogs I read, and there you were with your no egg white plus honey macaroon! Thanks a bunch!

    donielle Reply:

    @annie, I love when that happens! Glad I could help! :-)

  4. These do look mighty tasty! Love that almond/chocolate combination.

  5. Great looking cookies, Donielle! I have been doing cookie makeovers this season as well! Isn’t it fun?!

    donielle Reply:

    @Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen, It’s been TO much fun. :-) I have to start learning to halve the recipes!

  6. This sounds yummy! Where is the best place to get almond flour/meal?

    donielle Reply:

    @Becky @ Our Peaceful Home, I get it at our local health food store. I know you can find it on amazon and iherb.com. It could also be listed as almond meal!

  7. Silly question. What exactly do you mean by dried coconut? I have unsweetened coconut flakes and sweetened ones. Do I just use those? Thanks, these look great!

    donielle Reply:

    @Mel, Yup – just the flakes! I use unsweetened, though you could use sweetened if you happen to run out of unsweetened or not have it available. I’d just lower the amount of honey and use a bit of water or more oil if needed to get it to a consistency where you can get it to stick together.

  8. I am expecting company tonight, and I just happen to have everything to make these!

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