Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cinnamon-Date Almond Butter Cookies (grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free)

In need of a healthy treat for road trips this summer? These date-sweetened, flourless almond butter cookies pack well and are adored by children...a treat you can feel good about giving!

I have not tried this recipe using other nut or seed butters yet. It's possible the recipe might work using roasted cashew butter or roasted sunflower seed butter. I've also only made these with eggs but since the recipe uses just one egg you might be able to replace it with a "chia egg" (1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds whisked with 3 tablespoons of warm water).

Cinnamon-Date Almond Butter Cookies

Use 2 tablespoons of maple syrup for a crunchier cookie or 3 tablespoons for a softer cooke. I use Zinke Orchards roasted almond butter for baking. This recipe can also be used to make some amazing grain-free, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches! Just whip up a batch of my White Nectarine Ice Cream and add a few spoonfuls of it on top of a frozen cookie, then place another cookie on top. Freeze them on a cookie sheet, then serve after a few hours. Be sure to use the 3 tablespoons of maple syrup in the cookie dough so they are a little softer (best for freezing this way).

1 cup creamy roasted almond butter
1/2 cup packed pitted medjool dates
1 large organic egg
2 to 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup*
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the "s" blade. Process until combined and smooth (you should have small date pieces).

Roll into balls and place onto the cookie sheet. The dough will be oily, but don't worry about it. Gently flatten each cookie with your hands. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies and place onto a wire rack to cool. Enjoy! Source: www.NourishingMeals.com

Yield: about 15 cookies

More Healthy Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes:
Peanut Butter Cookies (vegan)
Vegan Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies (grain-free, vegan)

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Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. These look great! I love the idea of making these into ice cream sandwiches :)


  2. That is definitely my kind of cookie, Ali! I love making flourless cookies with nut butter, but so far have stuck to brown sugar, coconut sugar, or honey. I can't wait to try your combo of dates and maple syrup! These would also be great to use for Cookie S'mores. We use my flourless cookies for that purpose and they're wonderful. :-) Must share this recipe on All Gluten-Free Desserts soon!


  3. We are on the road quite a bit so these would be perfect, especially for my boys. I can't wait to try them!

  4. These sound great! What would you recommend as an egg substitute in these?

  5. These look incredibly moist and delicious. I am going to make these right now!


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