Soft & Chewy Almond Butter Cookies (Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

This post is coming to you a bit later than planned on this Friday morning because I have been sitting at my desk completely paralyzed from being cold. Whenever I make a smoothie in the morning, it gets me so cold that I am unable to move (and obviously too lazy to grab sweatshirt). So I sit there and stare at my computer screen until I feel warm blood flowing through my fingers again and I am able to type. These are real problems, people. 

Anyway, even though this post is a bit late, I think you'll still appreciate this recipe because these are Supercookies. Yes, one word because Superman is one word and this is the cookie version of Superman. They're soft and pillowy cookies that are packed in both the flavor and nutrient departments. The warming spices in these cookies are perfectly complemented by the almond butter and dates, and will leave your whole kitchen smelling incredible. Plus, they're made from all Whole30 compliant ingredients (although yes, I understand that eating cookies is not Whole30, but sometimes, you just need a cookie and this can be your savior). 

Of course, I added in my current favorites, collagen peptides and reishi. These are totally optional ingredients, but they add an extra nutrient boost and take these cookies to the next level. Collagen will not only add protein to these cookies, but is so beneficial for gut health, skin, hair, nails, and joints. Reishi is an adaptogen that has been shown to support your immune system and reduces inflammation. They're both worth experimenting with, if you're curious (but I'm no doctor so if you have any conditions, check with your medical professional before adding supplements). 

Add these cookies to your meal prep for this weekend - they're better for you than most energy bars or snacks since they don't use any added sugar (just dates!) and are way more satiating because of the almond butter (and you can sub any other nut butter you like). For bonus points, add the chocolate drizzle, like I did, and these will be your new favorite cookies. Enjoy!

soft & chewy almond butter cookies (whole30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Servings: 9

Time: 20 mins

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 7 (~115 g) medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup (150 g) creamy raw almond butter (see note)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 scoops (30 g) collagen peptides (optional or sub hemp powder)
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t reishi (optional)
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/2 t grain-free baking soda
  • 1/4 t sea salt

Optional chocolate drizzle:

  • 2 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the dates until it forms into a soft large ball. Add in almond butter, egg, and vanilla extract and pulse until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together collagen, cinnamon, turmeric, reishi, ginger, baking soda, and sea salt. Fold the date mixture to the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula. The dough will be quite thick and sticky.
  4. Form the cookies into 9 rounds and place them on the baking sheet, evenly spaced apart. Press down to flatten them into disks.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet half way through. They may seem underdone, but will continue to firm up after they're out of the oven. Allow to cool before eating. 
  6. Optional chocolate drizzle: combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir. Microwave another 20 seconds and stir until chocolate is melted. Using a spoon or a spatula, drizzle melted chocolate over the cookies. Allow cookies to chill in the fridge for the chocolate to harden. Enjoy!

NOTE: Super creamy almond butter is very important in this recipe. I use the raw creamy almond butter from Trader Joe's. If your almond butter is too thick, the cookies may turn out more dense.