Recipe time again. I won't even pretend I planned to give a recipe two months in a row. I had actually forgotten what I had shared last month soooo................second recipe it is. It is another one of my favorites - Almond flour cookies. Don't get too excited because although they're a great little snack, they really aren't a super sweet treat. They are more on the healthy cookie side of the cookie spectrum. Is anyone running yet?
Still reading?????? Good :) Before I get on with the recipe, I want to share some reasons to take advantage of the spring sunshine coming our way,
1. Better mood. I just had a friend mention to me today that she has been feeling a lot happier lately. She thinks maybe the weather being a little warmer and getting out in the sun has helped. She is right! Sunlight can trigger the release of seratonin and endorphins. Yep, the feel good hormones.
2. Vitamin D. Get out and soak some of this in. Vitamin D plays a part in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which aid in keeping those bones and teeth healthy and strong.
3. Deeper Sleep. When you are producing more serotonin, you will also have better production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The sunlight, specifically morning sunlight, helps to keep your biological clock working like....well clockwork. Not able to get the early morning light? Getting natural light during any part of the day will also benefit you in your sleep.
Get out enjoy the sun and fresh air. (Always make sure to enjoy the sun responsibly)
And now for the recipe:
Almond Flour Cookies
3 cups almond flour/meal
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. orange zest
Heat oven to 375 F
Mix flour, soda, salt and almonds.
In a separate bowl mix oil, syrup, whole egg, egg white and vanilla. ( I always melt my coconut oil just a bit for better blending)
Slowly add to dry ingredients.
Drop onto parchment paper covered baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes,
Ovens vary, so just check periodically.
If the edges start turning brown they are done.
Enjoy the weekend coming your way.
Until next time,
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)