Raw Almond Cookie Recipe with Great Variations

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nuts_superfoodsAdding walnuts and almonds to any dish…or enjoying them alone as a snack is the perfect way to include healthy fats and a variety of nutritional benefits in your diet.

Both of these popular nuts, grown and cultivated in the U.S. mainly in California are nutrient dense foods  which provide your body with a variety of nutritional properties and are great choices for mid-day snacks.

Walnuts and almonds are both loaded with beneficial monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats and solid evidence shows that enjoying just a handful of these nuts daily can play a significant role in the health of your heart. 

Cardiovascular disease is currently the leading killer of adults and studies confirm that both walnuts and almonds promote healthy hearts by regulating blood lipids. They also help prevent diabetes by controlling glucose levels.

Just like almonds, walnuts provide a nice crunch for any topping and they are the perfect ingredient to use in your healthy, raw snack and dessert crusts.

The only drawback to enjoying both of these super-foods is the calorie content. Nuts are steep in calories, however they are healthy calories from healthy fats. These two super-star nuts are proven to provide essential health benefits.

Here’s an Almond Cookie recipe that can easily be changed up: (variations below)

1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup raisins or dried cherries
1/4/ teaspoon almond extract
dash salt
1/4 cup ground almonds

Place the almonds, walnuts and salt in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
Add the dates and almond extract and process until the mixture begins to stick together.

Don’t over process; you should still see chunks of almonds and walnuts.
Add the raisins, if desired, and pulse briefly, just to mix.
Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the almond mixture into your hand and squeeze firmly until it sticks together.
Roll into a 1 inch ball and flatten slightly to make a cookie.
Roll each cookie in the ground almonds, and place on a plate.
Chill at least 2 hours before serving.”

Variations:

For Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Replace the raisins with chocolate or carob chips and add 1 teaspoon orange zest if desired.

For Schoolboy Cookies:
Omit the raisins and press a square of dark chocolate onto the top of each cookie

For Lemon Cookies:
Replace the almond extract with lemon extract and add 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Here’s a quick almond snack recipe that you can make in your food processor:

Almond Date Balls

2 cups dates soaked 30 minutes,
drained, 2 cups almond butter,
½ cup carob/cocoa powder.

In a food processor blend the dates to a smooth paste, add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
Remove from processor and form into round balls.
Keeps well in fridge.

Healthy eating begins with learning how to ‘eat smart’ and ‘eating better’ not eating less.  Your food choices can reduce your risk of illnesses as well as boosting your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilize your mood.

You can expand your range of healthy food choices by including healthy snack recipes and still maintain a satisfying, healthy diet. For more great healthy raw food snack recipes:

Healthy Raw Snacks