Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from “Oh She Glows”

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I bought the Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon 2 months ago and I don’t know why it took so long to bake these cookies. I bookmarked them and a couple weeks ago finally got to making them. Angela is a Canadian blogger who I’ve followed for a few years now and I love all of her recipes – bonus that she’s a fellow Canadian!

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It was a big mistake – because now I will want to make them all the time. Lucky for me they’re slightly healthier than regular cookies, and freeze easily so you can save them for later when you have a cookie craving. 

Angela’s book is full of delicious vegan recipes, and some gluten-free too which is great for me. I like making my own oat flour with gluten-free oats. You can change the nut butter to any you like, I’m sure peanut butter would be equally delicious. 

These cookies are what I like to call “bakery-style” cookies – big, round, chewy and crispy. The type of cookie you would find at a bakery counter. They would make great ice-cream cookie sandwiches too. 

I made a big batch for Adam to bring with him to work – I’m not sure how long they lasted. 

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Crispy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 24
Crispy around the edges, chewy in the middle nutty chocolate chip cookies made with almonds and oats. Naturally gluten-free.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (or 1 egg)
  2. 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup of almond butter (you can use whatever nut butter you prefer)
  4. 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  5. 1/4 cup of coconut sugar (you can use natural cane sugar as well)
  6. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or paste
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1 cup of gluten free rolled oats (blended in food processor down to flour)
  10. 1 cup of raw almonds (ground down to meal in food processor) - i used almond meal
  11. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with Silpat liner. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl blend your flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water together and set aside. This will thicken up and replace the egg in this recipe. Set aside for about 4-6 minutes.
  3. *I used an egg instead*
  4. In your stand mixer, paddle attached, blend coconut oil and nut butter until combined. Add both sugars and beat for 1 minute more. Beat in flaxseed mixture (or egg) and vanilla until combined.
  5. One by one, beat in the baking soda, baking power, oat flour and almond meal. The dough should be lightly sticky. If your dough is dry, you can add a touch of almond milk to thin it out. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Using cookie scoop or spoon, scoop 1-inch balls onto prepared sheet. Leave 2-3 inches between each cookie as they spread. There is no need to flatten the dough before baking.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown on the bottom. The cookies will be soft coming out of the oven, but become chewy and crisp when they cool. Store in container. They freeze well~
Notes
  1. So delicious - definitely a favourite in the book. They freeze easily, and taste great even right out of the freezer cold.
Adapted from Oh She Glows Cookbook
Adapted from Oh She Glows Cookbook
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Mother’s Day: Breakfast/Brunch Recipe Roundup

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This weekend is Mother’s day – which means you need to show your mom some love, and that might mean taking over the kitchen for the morning. Wake mom up with the smell of a delicious breakfast or brunch. I’ve gathered lots of my recipes that are great for a special occasion, including vegan, wheat-free and dairy-free options for all moms needs.

1. Crepes – Delicious, fill with assorted fruit, and top with warm syrup / fruit (wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free)

2. Morning Glory Muffins – perfect for a brunch for mom. 

3. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins 

4. Sugar-Free Banana Nut Muffins 

5. Overnight Oats – great to prepare the night before, so you can bring mom a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning (Vegan-Wheat Free)

6. Spring Eggs and Hash – a sunny, flower-like breakfast for mom to wake up to.

7. Lemon Lavender Blueberry Scones – Great for a breakfast with coffee or tea (wheat-free)

8. Vegan Carrot Cake – amazing, healthier for you and great for a crowd (vegan)

9. Lemon Poppy Seed Sticky Buns - less sweet than a cinnamon bun, a fluffy lemony baked good for breakfast in bed for mom this weekend (dairy-free)

10. Quinoa Waffles - Thick, crisp waffles to make for a crowd (Wheat-Free)

11. Very Berry Smoothie + 3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes – Make mom glow from the inside out

Happy Birthday, Lainey.

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Today is a very important day – It is Lainey’s 10th birthday.

10 years ago my mom made a decision that would bring little Lainey into our lives forever. 

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I wrote about how we got Lainey here (2012) and here (2013). We actually knew when she was born, she was our neighbours litter. However, we wouldn’t have her as part of our own family until a month later. She was brought to us in a time of need and has helped more than she could ever know. I will always remember that summer morning I woke up surrounded by family, a little ball of white and brown fur walking up over my bed towards me and snuggling into my face. 

My mom jokes that Lainey is my shadow – wherever I go, she goes. From the moment I wake up, until the minute we go to bed (together, under the covers of course) she is by my side.

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We have three floors in our house, and if I go from upstairs to downstairs or leave a room where she is, she will follow. She will run up and down the stairs all day. Even if I leave the room for only a minute to put something away or get something, up she’ll get from her warm comfy spot on the couch, blanket, or pillow and come to see where I am – usually cocking her head to the side as if to say  ”what’s up?” I try to tell her, as if she understands, to “stay here” but she always follows.

 Although, I believe she understands lots of things I say ;) At least she knows walk, bone, hungry, food, bedtime, up and at ‘em, lets go. Everything but stay - I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. 

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Lainey is my shadow, she’s walked by my side through the bright times, and the not so bright times. It’s really hard to believe that she is 10 years old – she is still so much like a puppy to me. Everyone always thinks she is a puppy because she is still so small. She loves children, and they always think she is a puppy when they see her. 

Lainey is the most spoiled, lucky dog as we say. My mom would love to help all of the dogs in the world, but she always says if she can’t help them all she will just love the one she has. So, Lainey has a pretty good life. And really, that’s all a dog can do – is ask to be loved, and taken care of. 

A good long walk, new toy and bone are always good every now and then too. Plus endless cuddles, nap laps and head pats. A nice big comfy queen sized bed will also do for a dog bed. She really does take over a large portion of the bed for such a small dog. 

We always include Lainey in all of our family photographs, holidays, birthdays – because she is, part of the family. 

I had to laugh when I was at work the other day in a Kindergarten class, because of the book a student was reading. It was as if someone was writing about Lainey (which I would love to do).

This is Lainey to a point:

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Lainey is also always up for a good Cheez-It.

IMG_5505IMG_5507It’s her birthday – she gets what she wants. 

 

 

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