No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Because it's that time of year when it's WAY to hot to turn on the oven (especially if you live in a studio apartment, like me!).

I made these easy "cookies" for my 4th of July BBQ and they were a huge hit! Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and packed with nutrient dense foods like almonds, oats, and coconut oil, these are a treat you can feel good sharing. Not to say there is anything wrong with saving them all for yourself... ;)

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, no bake

inspired by this Minimalist Baker recipe

Ingredients:

    •    1/2 cup coconut sugar (I used Sweet Revenge coconut sugar)
    •    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
    •    3 tbsp melted coconut oil
    •    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup natural almond butter
    •    2 tbsp coconut flour
    •    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    •    1 cup gluten free rolled oats
    •    Pinch sea salt
    •    1/4 cup raw cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional, but SO delicious)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together coconut sugar, almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, and coconut flour (you can use a food processor or blender, or mix by hand). The mixture will be VERY sticky, like caramel.
  2. Add in and mix by hand slivered almonds, oats, sea salt and cacao nibs.
  3. Scoop by tablespoon with cookie scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge or freezer to firm up (about 20 minutes). Enjoy!

 

Have you been baking, and cooking, less now that it's hot out? What have been your go-to meals, snacks, and treats these days? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Overnight Oats (VIDEO)

Hi everyone and HAPPY MAY!  Today I have for you my FIRST cooking video - a super quick, no cook recipe for Overnight Oats.   This is one of my favorite, make-ahead breakfasts and I'm so excited to share it with you in video form.

I plan to do more videos like this to show you all some of my go-to easy recipes - let me know what you think of this first one, and what else you'd like to see in future videos in the comments below!

Overnight Oats (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free)

- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup liquid of choice (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc)
- 1 TBSP chia seeds

Mix together in a jar or small container, stir in your choice of add-ins and let sit in the fridge overnight.  

By letting the oats soak overnight in the fridge, they become soft and fluffy, as if you had cooked them.  You can make a few jars on Sunday night and have breakfast ready for the whole week!

Optional add-ins:
- 1/2 cup fruit (fresh or frozen)
- dried fruit (I love goji berries!)
- nuts or seeds
- cinnamon, vanilla, or cacao powder
- squeeze of lemon or lime

Enjoy!

Superfood Trail Mix

The perfect snack to keep stashed in your purse, backpack, or briefcase.  Packed with good for you fats and satisfying protein, this salty/sweet mix will power you through a long afternoon or late night (it's also a easy breakfast on the go). 

A quick spotlight on one of the superfood ingredients in this mix: MULBERRIES.

Remember that nursery rhyme "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"?  Yup, these little guys are one and the same as the plant referenced in that song.  Dried white mulberries taste similar to dried figs - mildly sweet and chewy.  They are an excellent source of calcium and iron (two nutrients that many people think are lacking in vegetarian & vegan diets), as well as vitamin C, protein, and fiber. 

As with most of my recipes, this one is very adaptable.  Allergic to nuts? Try a mix of raw seeds!  Can't find goji berries?  Unsweetened cranberries or cherries would also taste great.  Play around with it and find a combination that YOU love best (because as we know, we all have slightly different tastes).

Superfood Trail Mix (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, raw)

- 1 cup raw nuts (I use equal parts almonds, cashews, and walnuts)

- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds 

- 1/4 cup dried goji berries

- 1/4 cup dried mulberries

- scant 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix, and then store in an airtight container.  Sometimes I put the whole batch in a Ziploc to keep in my backpack; sometimes I like to portion it out into single serving bags.  ENJOY!