ROTW: Paleo Honey-Almond Cookies

Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week’s recipe is, admittedly, a bit of a late post. I actually made these cookies a couple weeks ago and am just now posting about it. Amazing how having so much free time can be such a distraction πŸ™‚

Anyway, I decided to make these cookies for my fully-Paleo brother, who has admirably lived by the ways of the hunter-gatherer for a few weeks now. They are SUPER yummy, not too sweet, and the perfect way to satisfy a carb-y craving without the Insulin Police speeding over. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

PALEO HONEY-ALMOND COOKIES (w/vegan version!)

Adapted from Civilized Caveman Cooking

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20ish minutes

Yield: 12 Cookies

Diet Compliance: Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan (if you tolerate honey, sub coconut oil for butter on the glaze, and use flax eggs)

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

So simple, a caveman can do it!
So simple, a caveman can do it!

Cookies

  • 2 and 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Β½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ΒΌ cup olive oil (can sub for coconut oil; I didn’t have any at the time)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed + 4 tablespoons warm water (for vegan eggs) or 2 actual eggs

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey, melted
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter or ghee (or coconut oil for vegan version)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • slivered almonds (to top cookies after glazing)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the almond flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and stir well.

3. Add your oil, honey, vanilla extract, and “Veggs” (or eggs) and mix into a soft dough.

4. Roll dough into 1-inch diameter balls and flatten out slightly; place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.

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5. Place in the oven and bake for 9 minutes.

6. With cookies in the oven, combine your honey, butter (or oil), and cinnamon for your glaze in a small bowl and mix well.

7. At the 9 minute mark, pull your cookies out of the oven, and using a basting brush, brush your glaze on all of your cookies.

8. Sprinkle pinches of slivered almonds on top of each glazed cookie.

9. Place your cookies back in the oven and bake for 9-11 minutes or until done.

10. Remove from the oven and cool for one minute, then transfer to paper towels.

11. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container. Cookies should last for up to 4 days.

Warning: These cookies will disappear in seconds!
Warning: These cookies will disappear in seconds!

As promised, here is the nutritional information for these cookies. Please remember that the saturated fat and fiber contents are not listed. Also, this amount is for the vegan version; with actual eggs, it will be slightly more caloric. But, it’s always nice to at least know the calories, fat, carbs, and protein per serving!

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As work-time draws closer, I’m looking forward to designing and cooking up more recipes for everyone. And while I love summer, I’m REALLY looking forward to fall – stews, roasts, pies, oh my! Nonetheless, stay tuned for more summer recipes and have a great rest of the week!

Thought of the Day: Try to take your time more often. Life may be short, but it’s just as bad to move too fast as it is to move too slow.

Coastal Cruising & ROTW Preview

Well HELLO! My, has it been a while. It seems I’ve already had trouble sticking to my once-a-week rule…I hope all is forgiven!

The past few weeks have been a bit crazy, admittedly. Thankfully, time has healed some of my melancholic, bittersweet longing for Italy. While I still dream about it, I’ve at least stopped fantasizing about jumping into other travelers’ suitcases, which is a start – right? In effect, only the positive effects of my travel remain. I just have to go back soon. πŸ™‚

Anyway, the “corner” of the world I was just in, the California Coast, may not seem like something all that out of the ordinary for me. As a California native, most people assume you know about everything that the Golden State has to offer. The truth is, I don’t even think that’s possible! It turns out my state is HUGE and nearly as diverse as the country itself.

When my mom nudged me awake last Monday morning and asked if I wanted to join my stepdad and niece on a trip up north to San Francisco for a few days I naturally said yes. Road trip? With my amazing family? C’mon, I’m all about that! My “yes” was about as enthusiastic as you can get, with a vigorous spring from my bed to match. I packed my bag, went to my Bar Method class, and set out for the open road with them around 10:00 am.

My trusty iPhone 4 can probably regale the tales of NorCal better than I ever could, so I’ll just sum it up briefly and leave the rest to pictures. Our first three nights were spent in the Sunset district, near where my older brother lives. I hadn’t seen him or his family in over two years, so this was amazing! We visited Golden Gate park, the zoo, and the nearby beach. The water looked pretty tempestuous, however, so it was definitely a “viewing visit”.

On Thursday, we drove from San Francisco to Monterey and went to the aquarium! This was probably my favorite thing on the whole trip. We saw people coming from all over the world and for good reason: this truly is the best aquarium ever. We had dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf later that night and stayed in the amazing Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row. The restaurant we ate at, Fisherman’s Grotto, was a fantastic destination spot and would definitely be my first choice for a restaurant there. While CR is a bit touristy for those seeking an authentic Monterey experience, it is certainly worth a see. Before the aquarium we ate at the Fish Hopper, which is probably one of the better restaurants right on the Row.

The drive down the coast from Monterey to home (Laguna Beach) on Friday is worth its own paragraph: talk about INCREDIBLE! It started with the 17-mile drive, passing by Pebble Beach and other award-winning golf courses; artsy Carmel followed shortly thereafter. Then we head into Big Sur, the land of giant redwoods and cascading beach cliffs. We then passed by the rolling hills and Hearst Castle (which we have to go back and see); later, Morro Bay. We even had a surprise before Morro Bay in San Simeon, when we were treated to the sight of hundreds of elephant seals!

In short, this was truly the drive of a lifetime; never had I seen so much beauty in one day. If I can offer one thing with this entry, it is my resounding suggestion to take this drive if you ever get the opportunity. Especially if you’re living in California at the moment! Without further ado, see my mini-photo stream here.

Coming up tomorrow: a recipe for Paleo Honey Almond Cookies! I know, I know – not everyone does honey on paleo. But hey, we like to push the boundaries here at IC, πŸ™‚ Stay tuned…

Thought of the Day: If something’s bothering you, talk about it – you should always have at least one person you can talk to.

-H