Almond & Dried Cranberry Cookie Bites (gluten-free, paleo, & vegan)

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Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Tis the season when cookies abound; at parties, in stores, on your doorstep, in your mailbox, at work, on blogs… everywhere you look there are cookies, cookies, and more cookies.

Almond & Dried Cranberry Cookie Bites (gluten-free, paleo, & vegan)

The question is, what do you bake for your gluten-free friend, paleo co-worker, and/or vegan family member?

Although these – and other specialty diet – approaches to eating are burgeoning in terms of popularity, there are still many less recipes that fall within their respective guidelines than there are for treats loaded with white flour, sugar, and butter.

Well with these little gems, I’ve got you covered.

Almond & Dried Cranberry Cookie Bites (gluten-free, paleo, & vegan)

Now I’ll be the first to admit that these cookie bites are not going to be the prettiest offering on the holiday table, but what they do have going for them more than makes up for their appearance.

Slightly crisp on the outside and meltingly soft & chewy on the inside, these dried cranberry-studded almond cookies are tough to resist after you’ve tasted one.

The two-bite treats are just about the healthiest cookies I’ve ever made, relying on almond flour for lightness, almond butter for richness, honey for a touch of sweetness (can sub in maple syrup for non honey-eating vegans), and dried cranberries for flavor and texture.

Almond & Dried Cranberry Cookie Bites (gluten-free, paleo, & vegan)

This jar of cookies is one you can definitely feel good about reaching into over and over again!

Almond & Dried Cranberry Cookie Bites (gluten-free, paleo, & vegan)

Almond & Dried Cranberry Cookie Bites (gluten-free, paleo, & vegan)

by Lauren Zembron (inspired by Chocolate Chunk {Paleo} Cookies from Running to the Kitchen)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack breakfast gluten-free vegan vegetarian almond butter dried cranberries cookie cookies

Ingredients (18 cookies)

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (such as Oh Nuts)
  • tiny pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp smooth all-natural almond butter, at room temperature and well-stirred
  • 1/4 cup honey (if you are making these for a vegan who does not eat honey, you can try subbing in pure maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, preferably apple-juice sweetened

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter, honey, vanilla extract, and water.

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until well-combined. It may at first seem like the dough is too dry; keep stirring until it comes together. Fold in the dried cranberries.

Using a small cookie scoop (or tablespoon) scoop dough out onto prepared baking sheet. Cookies won’t spread while baking, so no need to leave a lot of space in between each scoop.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies just begin to brown.

Cool cooking on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will be soft right out of the oven, but will firm up a bit as they cool.

Nutritional Information Per Cookie:

118.4 calories, 8.7 grams fat, 0.7 grams saturated fat, 1.5 grams fiber, 5.7 grams sugars, 3.2 grams protein

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