Monday, 12 May 2014

A woman's girlfriends are a precarious and often unpredictable commodity.  Sometimes they’re there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on.  Sometimes they pick you up at an ungodly hour in the morning when you’re drunk and can’t get a taxi.  Sometimes they take you firmly into hand and tell you to step away from THAT particular boy/girl. 

I’m the girlfriend that shows up at your house with a big box of home-made cookies.  Not particularly that practical or useful I know, but it’s what I do best. 

Last year a friend of mine was under the pump with work and university, so I baked a round of these cookies in the hope they might fuel her through another night spent hunched over paperwork.  The next morning she texted me to tell me she’d eaten every single one. 

Because so many of my friends are gluten free, dairy free, or both, I’m used to cooking without flour or dairy.  These are my favourite GF/DF cookies ever. 

This recipe is adapted from a recipe I read on the Minimalist Baker, and Dana had adapted it from the Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook.  So it’s not an original recipe…but it’s not the recipe it used to be.    

Almond Cookies with Cacao Nibs and Coconut
1 ½ cups almond meal
¼ cup cacao nibs
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
¼ cup agave syrup
1 egg
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 190 C / 375 F. 

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond meal, cacao nibs, coconut, baking powder and salt. 

Whisk together the coconut oil and vanilla, then add this mixture to the dry ingredients.  Stir together with a wooden spoon until well combined. 

In a separate bowl, beat the egg until foaming and pour into the cookie mixture.  Stir gently to combine.  Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Don’t be tempted to skip this stage!

Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls and place on the baking tray.  Flatten the dough balls just a little with the back of a wet spoon. 

Bake for 10 minutes. 

Let the cookies cool just a little before eating every single one of them before dawn. 

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