Almond Flour Cookies

The weather in Bristol has been fantastic, so I’m trying to spend as much time outside as possible. It also means that I need more snacks for the increased activity and because I’m usually pretty hungry in general. I initially tried to make almond butter, which ended up as almond flour. So now I’m making almond flour cookies, here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence

Combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. If you are interested in making your own almond flour for the recipe, place once cup of raw almonds in a food processor and pulse until it becomes flour like.

Next, add the coconut oil, honey, and almond essence. Mix together very well. It will be crumbly, but you can add a bit more coconut oil if it’s too dry.

Because of the consistency, you’ll have to shape the cookies by hand. Make into small balls and place them evenly apart on the baking sheet.

Heat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

And there you have it, Almond Flour Cookies! These are super easy to make and taste delicious!

Note, these probably aren’t low calorie, but completely natural, so a perfect snack to keep you fueled for summer activities. I’ll try making my own almond butter another time, but for now, these cookies will do just fine! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

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Oat and Banana Energy Bites

Today is bank holiday Monday and it is absolutely gorgeous! I had a fantastic run this morning and decided to make this recipe as a post workout treat. And although I do enjoy running as a hobby, this time it’s in training for the Bristol 10k. I also decided to raise funds for the Bristol city centre hospital charity, Above and Beyond, which does some really great things for so many patients. If you would like to make a donation towards my fundraising goal, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/candice-cole

And if you’d like to make these delicious energy bites, here is what you’ll need:

  • 3 cups oats (270 g)
  • 4 tablespoons milled linseed or flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (170g)
  • 1 cup peanut butter or nut blend (225g)

Go ahead and mix up the oats, linseed, and cinnamon. Put aside.

Next, mash the bananas. Make sure your bananas are ripe. This ensures they are soft which makes it a lot easier to mash into a smooth purée.

Add the vanilla, honey, and nut butter to the bananas, stirring very well.

Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture, and mix very well. Once thoroughly incorporated, let sit for about 10 minutes for the oats to absorb some of the banana mixture.

At this point, roll into balls and place on a piece of parchment or baking paper. If the dough is still a bit wet, you can add a bit more linseed, or roll with something like coarse coconut flour, chopped nuts, or mini chocolate chips.

Place in the freezer for an hour to set.

And there you have it, Oat & Banana Energy Bites! They are the perfect pre-workout, post-workout, or sitting on the couch snack! You can even have these for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up. It’s also tasty to try different nut butters like a coconut peanut butter, as I did in mine. Next time I’ll experiment with different bits to roll in it, although the coconut is delicious! However you make them, I hope you savour these healthy treats! Enjoy the good weather and if you’re around on Sunday May 13th, cheer on all of us running the Bristol 10k in the city centre. Remember your sunscreen, thanks for reading and Happy Eating!