Healthy Almond Flour Cowboy Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan)

These healthy almond flour cowboy cookies pack all the memories and flavor of all old-fashioned cowboy cookies without the wheat, refined sugars and dairy! Enjoy fresh and warm with a tall glass of oat milk .

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Healthy almond flour cowboy cookies

Making cowboy cookies in my parent’s kitchen was the first real memory I have of loving cooking. The original recipe is a family favorite and has been made for years. After experimenting with different substitutions and ratios, I developed a healthier version of the recipe I grew up loving. I hope you enjoy these healthy almond flour cowboy cookies as much as I have.

What you’ll need to make these healthy almond flour cowboy cookies:

-Coconut oil

-Coconut sugar

-Maple syrup

-Flax egg (flax meal + water)

-Vanilla extract

-Almond flour

-Baking powder

-Baking soda

-Cinnamon

-Salt

-Chocolate chunks

-Rolled oats

-Unsweetened coconut flakes

-Chopped pecans

Healthy almond flour cowboy cookies

When choosing what kind of coconut oil to go with in this recipe, I would recommend a refined coconut oil. The unsweetened coconut flakes in this recipe already give it a subtle coconut flavor. Using a refined coconut oil will prevent the coconut flavor from being over the top and taking over the taste of the cookie.

The coconut oil should be solid when it’s used in the dough. Depending on the temperature your home is maintained at, the coconut oil might not be the right consistency to start with. Coconut oil is solid at most room temperatures and melts at 76 F. I keep my house around 74 F, so my coconut oil is solid, but soft enough to be used straight out of the jar in any recipe. At lower temperatures, the coconut oil will become firmer and harder to work with. Place the jar of coconut oil near a lamp or the pre-heating oven to soften.

Coconut sugar can be substituted with other sweeteners. If you end up using a sweetener that is much sweeter than coconut sugar, consider cutting the maple syrup from the recipe to prevent the cookies from being too sweet.

Maple syrup can easily be substituted for another liquid sweetener, such as blue agave syrup. I would, however, not discourage from using honey as a substitute.

Of course, chocolate chips can be substituted for chocolate chunks. Unsweetened coconut flakes can be omitted or increased to your liking, with the same going for pecans.

Healthy almond flour cowboy cookies

How to make these healthy almond flour cowboy cookies

This recipe is one of my favorite kinds. Why? Because it requires only ONE bowl when you’re preparing it and I love minimizing my cleanup time.

To start, combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar and maple syrup. Once that is combined, you’ll need to prepare a flax egg. A flax egg is a substitute for a regular egg, with 1 flax egg equaling 1 regular egg. A flax egg is obtained from a 1:3 ratio of flax meal to water. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tbsp flax meal with 3 tbsp water in a ramekin. Allow the flax egg to rest for about a minute before adding it to the wet mixture, along with the vanilla extract.

The dry ingredients can be added directly to the wet ingredients. Add and mix in the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. The dough will be very thick, which is normal.

Stir in the chocolate chunks, rolled oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, and pecans until just combined. You may need to use your hands, because the dough just gets thicker at this point.

Using a 1 1/2 scooper, place balls of dough on to a greased baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes at 350 F.

Once you remove from the oven, allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before diving in. These cookies are best served warm, but will stay fresh for about 5 days.

For another healthy almond flour recipe, check out this healthy almond flour banana walnut bread or gluten free almond flour brownies.


Healthy Almond Flour Cowboy Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan)

These healthy almond flour cowboy cookies pack all the memories and flavor of all old-fashioned cowboy cookies without the wheat, refined sugars and dairy! Enjoy fresh and warm with a tall glass of oat milk .
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil, coconut sugar and maple syrup. Add the flax egg. Beat in the vanilla
  • Add the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix the dry ingredients in.
  • Add the chocolate chunks, oats, unsweetened coconut flakes and pecans, stirring until just combined.
  • Use a 1 1/2 tbsp scooper to make balls of dough, placing at least an inch apart on the greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes.
Keyword Almond Flour, Almond Flour Cowboy Cookies, Cookies, Cowboy Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Vegan


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