Yummy, Healthy Almond Cookies

by Maria on February 13, 2014

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“Should I call these ‘healthy almond cookies’ or ‘nutritious almond cookies’ or ‘whole grain almond cookies’ or…”

“You should call them yummy almond cookies” proclaims my 7-year old. And there you have it.

I was so happy that my usually nut-shy Elliott liked these since not only is the main ingredient almonds, they are also packed with whole grains, protein, healthful fat, and lower in sugar than most cookies.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe for Almond Star Cookies by Steph Davis on I flagged this recipe way back in the fall when I fell in love with her delicious butternut squash soup and am so excited that I finally tried it.

I had recently purchased some unblanched almond meal at Trader Joes, so I used that instead of the almond flour called for in the original recipe. Almond meal is ground up whole almonds. Almond flour is ground even more finely to more closely resemble flour. To make sure the cookies held together, I substituted in 1 cup of white whole wheat for part of the flour. If you want a gluten-free cookie use all almond flour as called for in the original recipe. And if you don’t have any almond meal or flour you could certainly use all white whole wheat flour and still make a healthy cookie. 

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Yummy, Healthy Almond Cookies

Adapted from Almond Star Cookies 

1 3/4 cups unblanched almond meal 

1 cup white whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, combine almond meal through cinnamon.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Then pour in the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  3. Cover in plastic and chill the dough for an hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Put the dough between two pieces of parchment paper, and roll to 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out hearts, stars, or any other shape that you like.
  6. Use a spatula to carefully transfer cookies to a lined baking sheet (cookies come apart easily before baked and cooled).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes, until lightly brown around all the edges.
  8. Let cool before eating. (If you can wait!)


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