Almond flour is one of my favourite flours to bake with. I find gluten free baking can be a little bit daunting when mixing flours like arrowroot, millet and teff together to get the right density and texture. While all of these flours are amazing, often recipes that require grain-free flours are a lot easier for me to use, since they typically only need one flour!
A grain-free diet is not for everyone, but when I’ve gone completely grain-free in the past this is what’s happened:
- My stomach has felt better overall
- My digestion has been on point (happy poops, which makes for a better day)
- I felt better mentally and my focus improved
- I would eat more healthy fat (hello avocados) to fill me up, which is great for the brain
Going grain free can be difficult at first since you feel like you are limiting yourself, but with this recipe for grain-free almond flour cookies you won’t feel the least bit deprived.
It uses almond flour, which can easily be made by grinding almonds, or you can get it from a bulk food store or health food store. Almond flour is high in healthy fats and fibre, and adds a sweet, nutty flavour to baking. You can substitute other nut flours as well for variety, or if you have a nut allergy I have successfully used ground sunflower seeds as well. The coconut oil adds a layer of nutritious, saturated fats, and the ginger is a super-powered spice that is great for digestion (and flavour).
Another thing I love about this recipe is it’s easily customizable, whether you’re vegan, egg-free or dairy-free. Check the recipe below for all the substitution details.
These cookies are still cookies – meaning they’re a treat – but one that will leaving you feeling better than a sandwich cookie that shall remained unnamed.
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Recipe image: iStock/Natalie_B