Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies


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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

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups split in half on paper liner

to Vegan Chocolate Turtles

Underside of Vegan Chocolate Turtles on parchment paper

to Kale Salads

Kale Salad with mixed vegetables in dish with homemade dressing

to Vegan Espresso Drinks were covered

Vegan Caramel Macchiato in mug drizzled with caramel

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.

Flaxseed in blender
Ground up flaxseed in blender

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.

Remaining ingredients to make Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies added to blender

After everything is incorporated

All ingredients blended together

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

Dough taken out of blender and shaped into cookies on white plate
Close up of one cookie in white dish
Overhead of shaped Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookie

I thought the cookies were looking a little naked…

Close up of one Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookie
….so I added Vegan Chocolate Chips & (non-vegan) Butterscotch Chips.   
Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies on white plate topped with chocolate and butterscotch chips
Three topped Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies in white dish

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.

Pairs of cookies wrapped in plastic wrap and stacked on one another

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.

Mixed greens and vegetables with salad dressing in white shallow dish
Close up of vegetables on salad

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!

Green salad with vegetables topped with Dulse flakes

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.

Three topped Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies in white dish

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)

Woman doing Astavakrasana yoga 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…

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  1. 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.

    1. Sometimes flavors get lost; not the PB in this dish. Noticeable! Keep me posted!

  2. 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.

    1. 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 :)

  3. 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 :-)

  4. 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

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

  6. 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. ;)

  7. 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…

  8. 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!

  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. 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.