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Healthy and yummy walnut cookies

Updated on May 28, 2014

Healthy and yummy walnut cookies

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How can you resist these super delicious and heart-healthy cookies!
How can you resist these super delicious and heart-healthy cookies! | Source
Gathering the ingredients.
Gathering the ingredients. | Source
Did you know that cherries are a natural medicine used to treat gout?
Did you know that cherries are a natural medicine used to treat gout? | Source
Everyone knows walnuts are good for you!
Everyone knows walnuts are good for you! | Source
It will take about 30 seconds in the food processor to get that course, sand-like texture.
It will take about 30 seconds in the food processor to get that course, sand-like texture. | Source
Melted coconut oil with almond and vanilla extract. When purchasing extracts make sure they are natural and not artificial.
Melted coconut oil with almond and vanilla extract. When purchasing extracts make sure they are natural and not artificial. | Source
Whisking in the walnuts and water.
Whisking in the walnuts and water. | Source
Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. | Source
All the dry ingredients go in one big bowl!
All the dry ingredients go in one big bowl! | Source
Whisk together all the dry ingredients.
Whisk together all the dry ingredients. | Source
Add the dry to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
Add the dry to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. | Source
I have my cookie tray and sil-pat ready. The sil-pat is made of silicone so no oil is needed to coat the tray-- or add any additional calories.
I have my cookie tray and sil-pat ready. The sil-pat is made of silicone so no oil is needed to coat the tray-- or add any additional calories. | Source
In the oven we go!
In the oven we go! | Source
Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack. It may be difficult to keep hungry family members away!
Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack. It may be difficult to keep hungry family members away! | Source
The perfect dessert, taste bud satisfying but easy on the waistline! Freeze the rest when they are cool and save some for future sweet tooth cravings!
The perfect dessert, taste bud satisfying but easy on the waistline! Freeze the rest when they are cool and save some for future sweet tooth cravings! | Source

Healthy and yummy walnut cookies

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Makes 3 dozen cookies

Healthy and yummy walnut cookies

  • 2 cups whole walnuts-organic if possible, ground until it resembles coarse sand
  • 1 1/2 cup spelt, rye, whole wheat,oat or coconut flour
  • 2 cups Uncle Sam cereal, or oats (Uncle Sam is whole wheat kernels and flaxseed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cherries, dried cranberries work well too!
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, you can go as high as 2/3 cup oil in this recipe if you like your cookies less dry
  • 1/4 cup sweet leaf, a mix of stevia and sugar, you can use 3/4 brown sugar if you prefer
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup water

Healthy any yummy walnut cookies

  1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until it is a coarse, sand-like material. Place the ground walnuts in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the coconut oil on low until it melts; this will be about two or three minutes. Take it off the heat and whisk in the Sweetleaf, almond, vanilla extract, and water.
  3. Take the bowl of ground walnuts and whisk them into the coconut oil mixture. Using the same bowl, next add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, Uncle Sam cereal, dried cherries and cocoa nibs to the bowl. Then add in the oil mixture, and stir it so all the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. I like to use a baby ice cream scoop. It's about the size of a melon baller; use this to place the round cookies on the cookie tray. You can put them fairly close together because they won't spread. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Healthy and yummy walnut cookies

Who doesn't crave something sweet after dinner? I definitely do, but, I don't want to eat a bunch of empty calories in the evening. That's how these cookies came to be. I wanted something to placate the sweet tooth and offer lots of highly nutritious calories at the same time. These little cookies are also perfect as a mid-morning snack, a road trip treat, or a hiking trail break. All the ingredients are heart-healthy and figure friendly-- a super satisfying treat!

You can make this recipe your own! The walnuts could easily be substituted with almonds, the dried cherries could be raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, and the cocoa nibs could be ...dare I say, chocolate chips!

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