Naturally Sweetened Cashew Coconut Honey Cookies

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So why these cookies and not those cookies you ask? Well, sweets are difficult on a hepatic diet where you want to watch your sugar intake very carefully so we’ll be using local honey here. Also, almond flour plays a big part in the structure of these cookies and the overall recipe can be successfully made gluten-free by omitting the whole wheat flour. Also we are substituting carbs for protein and therefor getting a snack that will satisfy a bit longer than other cookies packed with refined sugar and white flour.

Though these cookies do have a considerable amount of natural sugar and fat in them, the amount per serving is still within what you would expect from any other recipe. The benefit here is getting the polyunsaturated fats that aid in digestion, protein to keep you full in between meals and the fiber from old fashioned oats. If you aren’t a fan of coconut, use safflower oil and 1⁄2 cup more each of ground cashews and oats.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Coconut oil may make these cookies high in fat, but the fat is primarily medium-chain triglycerides, a type of fat that is digested and absorbed more easily than many other dietary fats. That means the body can use it for a quick source of energy and it's less likely to be stored in the body as fat. Honey is a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial, plus has more minerals than refined sugar. Oats, almond flour, and whole wheat flour provide fiber that keeps the body fuller longer and helps to prevent the blood sugar spikes that often go hand-in-hand with cookie consumption.

By Casey Giltner, Nutritionist
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Naturally Sweetened Cashew Coconut Honey Cookies

  • Prep Time: 5-10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20-25 mins
  • Servings: 24 small cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup local honey

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup finely ground cashews

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tablespoon lecithin

1 scoop Further Food Collagen Peptides (optional)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 whole wheat flour (substitute extra almond flour for gluten-free)

½ teaspoon  salt

¼ cup coconut or almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the honey, almond flour, ground cashews, coconut oil and lecithin.
  3. Add shredded coconut, oats, whole wheat flour and salt and mix to combine.
  4. Add milk and stir just until smooth.
  5. Using two spoons, drop cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheer about 2” apart.
  6. This mix should make about 2 dozen medium-sized cookies.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes, checking towards end of cooking for doneness.  Adjust time depending on desired size. Cookies will harden once cooled so remove from oven when they are still a bit soft to the touch in the center.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together the honey, almond flour, ground cashews, coconut oil and lecithin. Add shredded coconut, oats, whole wheat flour and salt and mix to combine. Add milk and stir just until smooth. Using two spoons, drop cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheer about 2” apart. This mix should make about 2 dozen medium-sized cookies. Bake 20-25 minutes, checking towards end of cooking for doneness.  Adjust time depending on desired size. Cookies will harden once cooled so remove from oven when they are still a bit soft to the touch in the center.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 192; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 51mg; Potassium: 23mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 3g
Nutrition Bonus:   Iron:6%;

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4 thoughts on “Naturally Sweetened Cashew Coconut Honey Cookies

  1. Saima Ahmed

    I’m a huge fan of baking whenever I have free time or want to des-tress from school so I HAD to give this recipe a try (plus i LOVE coconut). This recipe did not at all disappoint and is a great alternative to baking the usual high calorie desserts like brownies, sugar cookies, cupcakes, etc. It satisfied my sweet tooth and was a treat my entire family could enjoy!!

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