Almond Butter Cookies

almondbutter1I’ve been a long time fan of Gwyneth Paltrow and her growing healthy lifestyle brand.  My mom gifted me with her newest book, It’s All Good which includes easy-to-make healthy recipes that will make you feel and look good.  I think anything that makes you feel and look good is worth a try at this point in life.  What I loved about her book is how easy the recipes are to make and how accessible the ingredients are.  Not to mention how good everything tastes.  I hate when “healthy” food tastes like cardboard.  I recently made GP’s almond butter cookies which happen to be vegan and gluten free.  I eat a tablespoon of almond butter everyday because I’m addicted to it.  I was a little skeptical about how these cookies would taste but I must say, as an almond butter lover, they straight up taste like almond butter with a hint of salt.  My motto to eating has always been never deprive yourself but if you can eat delicious and healthy food that tastes good then that’s just a win/win all around.  Thanks GP for the delicious recipe!    

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (if the flour doesn’t include xantham gum, add 3/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup natural almond butter
  • 1 cup good quality maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Whisk together the flour, fine sea salt, and baking powder.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla.  Thoroughly combine the wet and dry ingredients.  Using 2 spoons, form the cookies into small balls (each about 1 generous tablespoon) and space them 2 inches apart on the prepared sheet pans.  Wet your fingertips and press down on each cookie, smoothing the edges so each is a nice little disk.  Sprinkle each cookie with just a bit of the Maldon salt.  Bake until the air is fragrant and the cookies are just firm, 10 to 12 minutes.  Let them cool on a rack before serving.