Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

So did you enjoy your weekend?  What were you up to?  Fill me in on everything!

Remember Saturday morning when I tried to go to a yoga studio but was locked out?   Well Sunday morning I took a class hot 75 minute power yoga class at the gym I’m teaching at, and it was awesome!  Sweaty, vinyasa, flowing fun & bliss.  I loved every hot hanumanasana second.

Sunday as a family, Scott, Skylar, and I went to the Artfest of Scottsdale.  It was so much fun walking around looking at the handcrafted and one-of-a-kind pieces of art ranging from glass to sculpture to paintings.  Didn’t buy anything, but it was fun to kick tires and be impressed.  Did you do anything fun?

So now that it’s time to gear up for another week, hopefully one filled with Thanks & Gratitude, I’ve created a great recipe that you can make in 10 Minutes, and more than likely, with everything you already have in your cupboard and really impress your friends-n-fam on Thanksgiving.  But before I get to the recipe, I’m glad you enjoyed the Highlights of the Week Post.

Everything from
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

to Vegan Chocolate Turtles

to Kale Salads

to Vegan Espresso Drinks were covered

But let’s talk about my new recipe!!!

Averie’s Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies-5 Minute Recipe (Gluten & Soy-Free)
1/2 c Flax Seeds.  Grind them well.

Then Add
2/3 c Almond Meal (this is Almond Flour kids.  Ground Almonds.  Many names, same thing.  You can buy it in the pre-ground state or grind your own almonds)
3 Tbsp Maple Syrup (if you are hung up on keeping this totally raw, use 6 Tbsp Agave instead and omit the Maple)

3 Tbsp Agave
2 Tbsp Almond Butter
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Optional: 1/2 Tsp Vanilla, Almond, or Hazelnut Extract
Yields: Approximately 16 Silver-Dollar Sized Cookies or 4 “big cookie”-sized cookies

Here’s what the Process Looks Like:
After your grind the flax seeds, combine all the rest of the ingredients in your VitaLove, Food Processor, Magic Bullet, or you can even make this entire by hand.  Simply use pre-ground flax seeds and pre-ground almonds (almond meal) and you don’t need to break out a single appliance.

After everything is incorporated

Take out your Cookie Dough and form Cute Cookies (or balls, or patties, whatever works for you)

I thought the cookies were looking a little naked…

….so I added Vegan Chocolate Chips & (non-vegan) Butterscotch Chips.   

Optional other Garnishes & Tweaks include: 
Dusting with carob, cocoa nibs, or coconut flakes
Smearing more nut butter on top
Substituting a different kind of nut butter for the Almond (i.e. Peanut, Cashew, etc.)
Adding Dried Fruit to the Mixture or as a Garnish on Top
Adding 2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder to the Batter to Create Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies 

Lots and lots of options…

And after I got done making them, I wrapped the cookies up into pairs for lunches and snacks.  If I had anywhere to go on Thanksgiving, I’d bring these as a Hostess Gift rather than the standard Planters Salted Nut Mix or a lame floral centerpiece type of gift.

So not that you probably care because you’re totally fixated like a dog in heat on those Almond Butter Cookies, but, I did also make a couple great salads over the weekend.  This one had Mixed Greens, Cukes & Zukes, Orange & Yellow Peppers, Carrots, Tomatoes, B.S., and I dressed it with the Juice of 1/2 orange, agave, EVOO, and cracked black pepper.

And this pile of rabbit food was a little salty.  From all the Dulse Flakes that is.  Greens, Cukes & Zukes, Orange & Yellow Peppers, Carrots, Tomatoes, and I dressed it with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.  The sweet tangy-ness of the dressing, the cool cucumber vibes, and the salty dulse flakes was a great combo!

After I ate my veggies for dinner…
…it was time for dessert and a few Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies went down like buttah.  Almond buttah that is.

I really hope you make these cookies because they are fast, easy, no exotic ingredients were used, they’re chewy, melt-in-your-mouth and just delish!  Not to mention, raw, vegan, and gluten & soy free.  Success!

Yoga Today is Astavakrasana (8 Angle Pose)

Tip of the Day:  If you’re feeling stressed out about “getting everything done” or making the perfect meal, or rushing around to 3 different markets for the “right ingredients”, ask yourself if in a week, or a month, or a year, will you care?  Will anyone else care?  Will anyone remember?  The answer is probably a resounding No!

So rather than get all stressed out and worried about small potatoes like whether your napkins match the tablecloth or that you’re not making everything from scratch, or that your outfit won’t be as cute as your sister-in-laws, or whatever it is…,just take a deep breath, take a step back, and give yourself permission to let a few things slide.  No one else will likely notice and you’ll be a more more relaxed & happy person!  Ahhh, sigh, breathe, let it all hang out….now that’s better.

What are you going to let slide this year as we go into the holiday season?  For me, I am not over-cooking & stressing about trying to cook it all. Meaning, it’s just me, Scott, and Skylar.  So rather than making too much food and obsessing about food that will never even get eaten, I picked a handful of key recipes & dishes and am focusing my energy on those few things and letting everything else slide.  What are you giving yourself permission to let slide this season? 

Stay Tuned For Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts…

46 comments on “Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies”

  1. Thanks for visiting my site – add me to your 'Roll' if you have one! – you have such a great following :) I'm glad to hear you don't do 'additional' strength training actually…I don't and just find it rather boring…and I have NO time anyhow!! Haha.
    I also wanted to say that I love your idea of homemade gifts! I don't do much gift-giving anyhow – I am not close to family and live away – but I plan on baking up some goodness for friends with cards – I love cards :)

  2. It looks like you guys had a great day and MAJOR props to you on your turkey trot and "actual" turkey! Can't wait to hear about that endeavor!

  3. It sounds like you guys enjoyed a lovely holiday! I think that's really nice of you to make the turkey for your hubs. As a vegetarian I have ZERO interest in handling raw meat (even when I ate meat I couldn't stand it) so kudos to you!!

  4. I love your spin on the thanksgiving meal, and I hope Scott enjoyed his traditional version. You are such a sweet wifey :)

    great TOTD today, babe. I thnk a lot of people tend to feel obligated to get others things so they tend to just waste money on everything and anything. Case a point, in high school my girlfriends and I always felt like we HAD to get eachother something. More often than not I'd go to bath and body works and throw down a pretty penny on silly lotions or comfy socks that lord knew they never used. Needless to say once we got in to college and became broke and struggling college students, we rejected that tradition. My family has done the same. No more silly knick-knacks from my aunts and uncles or a zillion pairs of underwear from my mom, just so there's more presents under the tree. I think it's far more important to stick to a few, special, thoughtful gifts. Quality, not quantity – right?! :)

    Have a great Saturday pooks! muah!

  5. Averie, you are amazing. Thanks for posting all those recipes!!!
    I neeed to try those almond cookies, though. Fo-real.

  6. Hey girl! That is one mighty looking thanksgiving feast! Wow! The pics of the sweet potatoes made me run out to the store to buy some. They looked ssoooo good!=) I think its awesome too how you made something to please everyone in your family. Thats really fabulous! It all looked so tasty too!

    I love your post about the holidays and gift giving. The simplest gifts are the best and it is the thought that really does count. The one thing I look forward to so much is just hanging out with my family. We live across the country from them and I dont get a chance to see them all that much. I just like being together again, gifts or no gifts…=)

    Thank you so much for stopping by my site too! Your post put a big smile on my face=)I hope you have a wonderful day sweetie!

  7. That turkey looks great. I bet the dutch oven really made it good. That was sooo nice of you to make it for your hubby, too. I think it's soo cute that you spent the holiday just you, your daughter and husband. When I was a kid, that's how I would spend Thanksgiving with my parents.

  8. You are such a sweet wife, to have made your hubby a turkey!

    I love your thoughts on gift giving. I don't go overboard,cause there's nothing to go overboard with. I usually send homemade granola to my relatives and try to stick buy only the little ones actual presents.

  9. Everything looks wonderful, from the turkey to the salad! But I've especially got eyes for that pie ;)

    My family never expects big gifts from me. But I do have a large family and I have to buy little things for every one of them. So even though my gifts are small and inexpensive – it adds up. I have a lot of younger step siblings (ahem, five) that don't seem to appreciate the thought behind a gift yet…

  10. I find it ironic that one day in the future, I will be scouring the blog of a high raw vegan for her thanksgiving turkey recipe in the le cruset. :-) It looked wildly delish. And for what it's worth, I dawn gloves whenever I touch meat or even when I bake. Am I anal or what!!?

    Glad you had a nice day Averie!

  11. what a great thanksgiving!! and gratiude post, loved :) i've never been a fan of stuffing or gravy, and now i'd rather load up on the veggies!

    i have been recycling things, or doing the homemade touch for awhile now…

  12. I always give gifts to my close friends, and I usually make some sort of box of goodies for acquaintances and people I randomly know. My family and I don't really exchange gifts! (I know, I was deprived in certain areas of my childhood.) Veggies? check. Christmas presents? Fail. :) hehe

    I'm definitely going to give in to the Christmas hubbub when I have my own family, but I'm content with how my parents raised me. Granted- they sure buy me a heck of a lot during the normal year, and I am so fine with that.

    Your eats look splendid. And your turkey?! I give it my culinary stamp of approval. Looks moist, crispy, and a Le Crueset dutch oven?! Gah. I want it. (The oven I mean. ;)

  13. I am HUNGRY after seeing this post!!! I wish I was at your place for Thanksgiving : ) yummy!!!! Glad you had a great one : )

  14. Your feast looks like you worked really hard at making everyone happy. I do the same thing. I make all this food that I don't even eat, just to pacify everyone. I don't know if it is right, but it is my right. I just want them all to be at peace for at least one day. I feel if I keep setting the example, maybe they will all catch on someday. Until them we still have to work together

  15. I am SO with you. This year I am only buying small gifts because money is really tight for me. I am doing spice mixtures for adults, and some spiced nuts as well. Perhaps some coffee and chocolate for a few people. My nieces are getting slippers (as per their wish lists!). I just cannot go broke for the holidays! Nor would I want someone to have to pay off debt during the year to give me something :-) Making a big batch of PB Chocolate granola to send to the boyfriend's parents :-)

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  18. Made the raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies – delicious. Even my husband (who is far from being vegetarian) and daughter loved them! I am hoping to slowly transition our meals to be more vegetarian. Thanks for all the great tasting recipes. I am going to make the Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies tomorrow.

    • So happy these were a big success, too (even with the hubs!)

      I think you’ll really like the rice. Now, mind you, there is a distinct PB flavor to the dish so if there is anyone who doesn’t like PB, take their portion of of the pot first before adding it, b/c once you add it, it’s there. I LOVE PB so for me, and my family, not an issue but this is a distinctly PB flavored dish. Just a heads up :)

  19. Thanks for letting me know about the rice. I LOVE PB as well so it should ‘t be an issue. It is good to know that the flavor is noticeable in the dish.

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