No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies
Attention all amateur bakers! Looking for a recipe to “WOW” your friends and family with?! Try these No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies!
They have everything going for them! They are easy to make, you don’t have to turn on the oven, they’re vegan AND gluten-free, and they taste like a little slice of chocolate heaven. So let’s get to no-baking!
This recipe calls for 2 different almond ingredients. Which, for me as a Nutritionist, is exciting because almonds are a functional food which can help strengthen the heart and build strong bones.
A one ounce serving of almonds has as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk. Additionally, they’re packed with phosphorus to keep your bones and teeth strong, which will reduce your risk of fractures and breaks.
Almonds also help your heart stay healthy. They lower Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL/bad) cholesterol and are rich in magnesium and potassium, which helps oxygenate the blood.
Although peanut butter is a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, almond butter has recently gained popularity among the general public and is the star of many popular food products.
Once confined to expensive health food stores, almond butter can now be found everywhere. Not only is it a fabulous ingredient to add to various recipes, almond butter has several evidence-based health benefits.
Almonds, themselves come in different varieties and they’re classified by their color, size and shape. We may call it a nut, but almonds are actually the seed of the tree.
According to the Journal of Nutrition and Aging, almonds have a wide range of nutrients such as vitamin E, which on top of being an effective antioxidant also supports healthy skin, vision, and brain health.
Almond butter can also help curb your appetite. research has shown that having as little as an ounce of almonds (equivalent to 2 tbsp of almond butter) for a snack appears to produce feelings of satiety.
Want more almond butter recipes? Try my Chocolate Nut Butter Bacon Cookies!
INGREDIENTS & HEALTH BENEFITS FOR NO BAKE CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES
- Almond butter – I often post recipes with almond butter and have many more in my recipe collection coming up soon. I love almond butter because 1: it tastes good, 2: it is healthy for people like me who struggle with glycemic control, and 3: my daughter has a sever peanut allergy. Almond butter is nutritious and has become a key ingredient in a many households.
- Cream cheese – Cream cheese is high in fat and contains a small amount of carbs and protein. It’s a good source of vitamin A and contributes some riboflavin (vitamin B2).
- Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract is life. It really takes these cookies from good to great. I suggest splurging on a high quality pure vanilla extract. You won’t regret it.
- Cocoa powder – Cocoa contains flavonoids and flavonols that help prevent cell damage and inflammation, as well as promotes blood health. Cocoa has no added fillers or sugars making it a great chocolate treat.
- Confectioners Swerve – Swerve is zero-calorie, non-glycemic and measures cup-for-cup like sugar. It’s sweet, safe and natural. It also works great with cold recipes like this one because it dissolves very well.
- Shredded Coconut – The nutritional value of a coconut is overwhelmingly valuable. They are incredibly versatile with multiple ways to work within your diet. It also has fantastic benefits for your skin, hair, and body and a rich source of manganese, which your body needs to metabolize carbohydrates, cholesterol, and proteins properly. Your body also uses manganese to keep your bones strong and healthy.
- Almonds – Almonds are high in unsaturated fat; which, In moderation, the American Heart Association notes that unsaturated fats may improve a person’s blood cholesterol status by increasing HDL (good cholesterol) and decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol.
Being a dietitian is like having a superpower. I understand how food effects the body and what the body needs to function optimally. Here are some common questions I get during my coaching sessions.
According to the Dietary Reference Intake (RDI) report for macronutrients, a sedentary adult should consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. A good rule of thumb though is to eat 1/2 your body weight (in kilograms) of protein. Exceptions should be made for individuals with chronic or acute illnesses such as CKD or pressure ulcers. Please consult your Physician or Registered Dietitian.
According to research, low carbohydrate diets can be effective for weight loss. Low carb can be described as a daily reduction totaling 50–150 grams per day. Ultimately, this restricts your carbohydrate intake — carbs such as breads and pastas — and encourages replacements with proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, fats should make up 20-35% of our total daily calorie intake. For anyone attempting to lose body fat, 0.5-1g/kg of healthy fats should be consumed per day to avoid essential fatty acid (Omega-3 and Omega-6) deficiency.
HOW TO MAKE MY HEALTHY NO BAKE CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES
In a bowl, combine your almond butter and cream cheese and mix until smooth. Next, add your melted butter, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and Confectioners Swerve. Mix everything to combine. Be sure to sample…its so good at this stage!
Toss in your almond and shredded coconut and mix until well combined.
Chill the cookies for 15-20 minutes and they will be perfectly formed little cookies.
I keep my cookies in the fridge, in an airtight container, but you can store them in the freezer also. They will keep in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for about a month…which is awesome because you can pull them out whenever you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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