Dessert,  Easy,  Luke Hines,  Paleo,  Refined sugar free,  Scott Gooding,  Snacks

The nuttiest paleo cookies

An oval plate containing a number of nut cookies.
These are soooo good!

These are the nuttiest and most delicious chewy and paleo friendly cookies. For reals.

I still remember the first time I saw this recipe in Luke Hines’ and Scott Gooding’s Clean Living Cookbook. It was late on a Friday afternoon after a busy day at home when I wasn’t supposed to be working at all but ended up billing over half a day as every single email I received that day was supposedly urgent. You know how it is.

That’s it, I thought. Time to do the things I want to do (sadly, this didn’t involve going out and drinking cocktails, or getting a massage, but you can’t always have it all). I spotted this recipe while flipping through a couple of cookbooks and I immediately stopped. You see, I love nuts. My husband loves nuts and our kids also love nuts. We eat them in our breakfast cereals, as a snack, in various nut butters, sprinkled on top of salads and, most lovingly, in cakes and slices.

Why? (As if you have to ask. ) They are delicious but they are also good for you.

A close up of an oval plate containing a number of nut cookies.

Why are nuts good for you?

Nuts are healthy snack options. (And they are just delightful.)

They’re usually high in good healthy fats and they are good sources of fiber and protein.

Many studies have shown that nuts provide various health benefits — especially in regards to reducing heart disease risk factors. For example, nuts may reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and may improve blood sugar levels and lower your risk of certain cancers.

This recipe also contains linseed (flaxseed) and hemp seeds

Linseeds, also known as flaxseeds, are one of the oldest crops and are super nutritious. Just one tablespoon provides a good amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to being a rich source of some vitamins and minerals. Linseeds are also a rich source of lignans (plant compounds that have antioxidant and estrogen properties), which can help lower the risk of cancer and improve health. Studies show that linseeds contain up to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Wow.

Hemp seeds are also exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats (linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3)), protein and various minerals.

They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked to several health benefits. Hemp seeds may reduce your risk of heart disease, benefit skin disorders and improve symptoms of PMS and menopause.

An oval plate containing a number of nut cookies.
Just before popping these into the oven. They are really quite beautiful.

No refined sugar here

One of my favourite cookies of all time are almendrados (Spanish hazelnut meringues) which are nutty and fluffy and just delightfully perfect. If you’ve not yet come across almendrados, check out this recipe on Gourmet Traveller which I have been using. So good! And these little beauties look just like them, except the method doesn’t involve any pesky whipping of eggwhites and they do not contain a cup of sugar.

An oval plate containing a number of nut cookies.
I guess you could eat them raw if you can’t wait 🙂

How I changed the original recipe

Sometimes I follow recipes just as they are but often I don’t – either because I don’t have (at all or enough of) a particular ingredient which I can substitute or because I feel I can improve the flavour or texture to suit our family’s tastes and preferences.

In this instance, I followed most of the original recipe but made some changes to include more nuts. Because, you know, nuts.

You’ll love how easy these cookies are to make

These cookies are so easy to make. I mean, it took me maybe 5 minutes to mix it all up and another 5 to roll and plop those little nutty cushions onto the baking sheet. The decoration with half a nut was pretty simple too. And then, straight into the oven.

And when they came out, oh my. Crazy good. These particular cookies include almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts and pecans but you could use a different variation if you like (result might differ though).

An oval plate containing a number of nut cookies.
I might have already taken a bite… oops!

So, fellow nut lovers, I encourage you to give these a go. These are paleo friendly, with no refined sugar and no dairy. Unfortunately, as they do contain a lot of nuts, they are not suitable for kids’ lunch boxes.

Ingredients

(I made 15 cookies out of this amount.)

  • 7/8 cup almond meal
  • 1/8 cup linseed (flaxseed) meal (that is, top up the almond meal to a whole cup)
  • 1 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped peanuts (I used these granulated nuts)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg (can be omitted)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • walnut and pecan halves to decorate (you could have either, or both, up to you)
An oval plate containing a number of nut cookies.

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Grease a cookie sheet and line it with baking paper.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, except the walnut and pecan halves, then form the mixture into little round balls, using about 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball.
  3. Place the balls on the lined cookie sheet about 5cm apart and flatten them slightly.
  4. Place a walnut or pecan half on top of each cookie.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe notes

As noted above, this recipe is based on Luke Hines’ and Scott Gooding’s recipe which you can find here.

The nuttiest paleo cookies

Author: Katerina | Once a Foodie

Ingredients

  • 7/8 cup almond meal
  • 1/8 cup linseed (flaxseed) meal (that is, top up the almond meal to a whole cup)
  • 1 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped peanuts (I used these granulated nuts)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg (can be omitted)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • walnut and pecan halves to decorate (you could have either, or both, up to you)

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Grease a cookie sheet and line it with baking paper.
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, except the walnut and pecan halves, then form the mixture into little round balls, using about 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball.
  • Place the balls on the lined cookie sheet about 5cm apart and flatten them slightly.
  • Place a walnut or pecan half on top of each cookie.
  • Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until golden.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

As noted above, this recipe is based on Luke Hines’ and Scott Gooding’s recipe which you can find here.
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