This recipe was inspired by Elana Amasterdam’s gluten free and vegan “Peanut Butter Cookies“. I LOVE peanut butter, however this protein packed spread is often contaminated with aflatoxins, a carcinogenic mold that can grow on the peanuts. Certain brands sell peanut butter with lower aflatoxin levels, yet since there are healthier seed and nut butter options, like sunflower seed butter or almond butter, it’s best to find a use for these.
Although I am not vegan, these were really great when I didn’t have any eggs in the house. Homemade roasted sunflower seed butter is full of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that also nourishes your skin and nails, and provides protection against free radicals and oxidation. These cookies, which are all natural and sugar free, is one of the best dessert or snack for anti-aging diets or for those looking to lower inflammation and increase whole food ingredients in their meal plan.
Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies
In a small bowl, sift together almond flour/meal, sea salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
Simmer a small amount of water in a saucepan, and place a medium sized bowl over the water to create a double boiler. Combine coconut sugar or xylitol with coconut milk in the bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved completely.
Whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir together to form a dough. Place about 1 TBSP. of dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flatten with a fork, creating a criss-cross pattern. Bake at 350° F for 6 to 12 minutes.
Makes 12-16 cookies.
Enjoy! These cookies are also awesome with homemade almond butter, and even cashew butter. Try it with chocolate chips, walnuts or anything you can think of.
Until next time, this is The Healthy Advocate.