Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies

by Amie on August 12, 2013

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Not quite sure how to introduce these magical almond cookies into your life without throwing a big shabbaaanggg!

These are pretty gosh darn awesome.

Obvi.

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Honestly, this is the easiest dessert ever.

Ever.

I hope you have all of these ingredients in your pantry…and if you don’t check out Vitacost for a quick and painless delivery. It’s what I use when I can’t get to the food store and I’m in a hurry to make tasty vegan cookies.

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As for these cookies, well as long as you have almonds, almond butter, almond extract, butter, quinoa and cocoa powder- you’re pretty much all set.

These cookies are a protein powerhouse.

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Yes, a powerhouse.

You’ve got protein comin’ at you in 4 directions: quinoa, almonds, almond meal and almond butter. Wowzers, bet you didn’t think you’d be getting your protein after dinner, did you?

Now go munch on a salad so you can enjoy 10 of these tonight.

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Seriously.

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xox

4.6 from 7 reviews

Gluten-Free, Vegan Almond Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan and Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. almond butter
  • 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond butter, bananas, almond extract and coconut sugar. Add cooked quinoa, quinoa flakes and sea salt; mix well then add in cocoa powder, crushed almonds and cacao nibs. Using a teaspoon, portion golf ball sized cookies onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven; set aside to cool before serving.
Notes
Calories:148.8 cal • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 3.4 g • Carb: 28.1 g • Fiber: 3.3 g • Sugar: 10.8 g • Sodium: 56.5 mg

 

 

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} August 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

These look awesome! I am so in love with everything almond right now. I love that these aren’t sweet- makes them the perfect compliment with coffee or tea in the afternoon!

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Amie August 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Thanks Kelley! Sending you the biggest hug. Miss you so much and hope all is well out West. xoox Love ya!

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Laura Dembowski August 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

These cookies look awesome, Amie! Yay for healthy cookies :)

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Amie August 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Laura; hope you love ‘em!

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Joolie August 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

No disrespect intended, but for those of us not dietarily-challenged, or in possession of Almond Flour, do you think Wheat Flour would work as a substitute? I’m Quinoa-crazy these days and would love to try these.

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Amie August 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Joolie; great to hear from you! I didn’t try this recipe with wheat flour so I don’t know the ratio for using wheat. Thank you for your comment and hope you can enjoy it with the almond flour!

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michele August 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

You can easily make your own almond flour — just grind up the requisite amount of almonds in a food processor!

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Kate August 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

These look amazing!! I can’t wait to make them! I was just had a few quetions if you wouldn’t mind…
Do you have the nutrition information?
Should it be unsweetened cocoa powder?
Can you use regular butter if you are not vegan?

I am new to gluten free and I’m so happy to have found your site! I feel like I can eat things I love without feeling horrible after.

Thanks so much!!
Kate

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Amie August 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Kate; not sure why you can’t see the nutrition info- it should be there but I’ll try refreshing. I used sweetened cocoa powder and yes you can use regular butter. Enjoy and hope you are enjoying gluten-free living!!!

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Kate August 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you!! I see the nutrition info now! I think gluten free will be way better with all your recipes!!
Thanks again!
Kate

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Barbara August 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Would peanut butter work in place of almond butter? Just don’t have it at the moment, but so want to try this!

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Amie August 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Yes Barbara you can!!

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BEVERLY MILLEY August 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Amie,

THESE LOOK WONDERFUL CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THEM. THANK YOU

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Monique C. M. August 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

I’ve never made vegan cookies before, but the ingredient list looks fantastic!!!

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donna August 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

These cookies look great! Can I use rainbow quinoa “alter eco” ?
Love that they are protein power packed too! I will make them today!
thanks

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Amie August 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yes! Rainbow Quinoa is great!!

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Michele R. August 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

All I need is almond butter and I’m set to make these, can’t wait!!

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Beth August 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’m going to try these this week! Looks yummy!

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Nicole Trevisan August 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

yummy! thanks for the giveaway/contest opp! =)

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Jessica Dennis August 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

I just pinned this recipe to try later! I love that there is only 2.2g of sugar per serving! thanks for this !

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Angela Mortemore August 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

These cookies look amazing, will be adding to my “treat” list to make this weekend for sure!! :)

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Jessica August 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

Going to make these for all my fellow health nuts at work!

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Lynn August 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

These look yummy, but I have to stay away from quinoa. It just doesn’t agree with my stomach. :(

Also, I saw your post on Facebook about the cleaning products giveaway. I’d love to win! Thank you! :)

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Holly August 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

These look awesome! I allergic to chocolate, so I would have to substitute with carob powder. :-) Also, thanks for the cleaning products giveaway! Would LOVE to win!

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Ruth August 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

They look awesome!

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Karen D August 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

These look awesome…Branch Basics would help make cleanup easy! :)

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Irina August 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm

These cookies look AMAZING! I’ll have to try them for sure!

I would love to win the cleaning giveaway also! :)

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Laura Gay August 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Cookies look so delish. The cleaning items are such a good idea. fingers crossed

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Alice August 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm

What would you suggest instead of cocoa powder – we are allergic. These look yummy!!

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Amie August 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Try cinnamon Alice. Enjoy! oxx

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Denise August 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

did you put chocolate chips in yours? they are not listed in the ingredi ents but look like they are there in your pics. I made them and liked them but think I may try to add some cacoa nibs or chocolate chips next time – thanks for the great high protein, all natural recipe

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Amie August 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Denise, I used cacao nibs in a few of the cookies but not all and decided to leave them out of the recipe but you can surely add them in next time! xox

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yummychunklet August 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Great vegan cookie recipe!

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Maria August 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I love these cookies!

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Amie August 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Awe; you just made my day! Thanks Maria; hope all is well with you. Enjoy your weekend. xoox

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:D August 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Can you defined crushed almonds?

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Amie August 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

You crush whole almonds in the food processor; or you can purchase them crushed!

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Patti September 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

This cookie looks delicious – I love baking with Honeyville Almond Flour. My daughter has an extremely limited diet so can not have quinoa. Could I use another gf flour such as brown rice, tapioca, potato flour or flax seeds? I know the nutrition would be different but she has eosinophilic esophagitis, an autoimmune disease, so can only have 20 foods.

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Amie September 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Patti; I didn’t use another flour so I’m not sure. I am the same way about the foods I can eat only a few with my autoimmune reactions but you can try another flour! oxx

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Carol September 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

Maybe I am missing something, but several people asked about substitutions for the almond flour. I don’t see almond flour in the recipe ingredient list. Is almond flour an alternate name for crushed almonds?

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Amie September 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Carol,
The recipe was updated and I took out the flour because they were too dry! Hope you enjoy this new recipe. oxx

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Evan September 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

These. Look. Awesome. Oh my goodness gracious. I will absolutely be making these this weekend (alongside some lovely coconut macroons!).

Quick question though, as I’ve never seen this ingredient called for before: what exactly are quinoa flakes? Just uncooked quinoa?

Thanks for the help & recipe!

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Amie September 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Evan! Here are Quinoa Flakes you can purchase online. Click on that link. Enjoy!!!

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cher September 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

New recipe is outstanding! Next time I may add some coconut flakes. Thank you for the revision.

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Rebecca January 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

These look amazing! I really want to try and make them however I’m not a fan of bananas. Do they have a strong banana taste? Also, is it possible to make them without bananas? Could I just not put them in or do you know of a substitute I could use?

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Amie January 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Rebecca; they don’t have a strong banana taste. You can try but I’d use some type of other binder!

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Beth March 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I don’t know much about coconut sugar but I really have to stay away from sugar! Could I use date sugar instead? Looks yummy & I can’t wait to try it!!

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Amie March 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Yes of course Beth!!

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