Almond Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling

I’m back today with the recipe I promised you in my last post. If you’re looking for a soft, quick and easy to make cookie, look no further than these Gluten Free Vegan Almond Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling, of course!

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I originally came up with this recipe while working on another one. So really, it was a mistake…a very delicious mistake that is.  And did I mention how super easy these cookies are to make?? Have a late night hankerin’ for cookies? No problem! With only 3 ingredients needed, these Gluten Free Vegan Almond Cookies come together in a snap. I love recipes you can whip up super quickly! There’s no need for store bought cookies, when you can make your own with limited ingredients and know exactly what goes in them. Beauty.  Now, if you don’t feel like making the Salted Caramel Sauce to fill these little guys (or if you’re like me, and gobbled it up by the spoonful before it even had a chance), these soft chewy cookies are still delish on their own.

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These go perfect with your favourite cup of coffee, tea…or even milk. Which for me lately, has been the BFF to my cookies, given I’ve gone coffee free, since I am expecting. First time mom = freak out mode ALL THE TIME! The BIG day is approaching…and fast (just about 3 months to go).  If I’m this crazy and paranoid now, I can only image what I’m in for once little one arrives.  It’s ain’t gonna be pretty.

I debated whether or not to share the exciting news here. Wondered if anyone would actually be interested, or, if it’s just about the gluten free goods. But, I figured it’ll be pretty busy for me come the fall, which means my blog may be abandoned for a while. And maybe you, the reader, will wonder where I am? Would you? Anyway…so excuse me if I disappear for a while in the next coming months. Not to worry though, I will have a few more recipes to share with you before I go missing, so please be sure to come back and visit. Don’t leave me hanging.

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Pure deliciousness!
Enjoy,

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Gluten Free Vegan Almond Cookies with Salted Caramel Filling

Bake Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 10 cookies or 5 sandwich cookies

These soft almond cookies are quick & easy to make & filled with a creamy salted caramel sauce

Ingredients

    For Cookies:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (additional 1 tbsp only if dough doesn't stick together)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • For Filling:
  • Refer to my last post for Salted Caramel Sauce recipe

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until fully combined. Roll out 10 balls (about 1/2 tbsp of dough for each) and place on prepared sheets. Note, dough will be sticky.
  3. Bake for 10-12 min or until lightly golden around edges.
  4. Let cool on sheet for 5 min, before carefully transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Fill with Salted Caramel Sauce for a delicious sandwich cookie.
http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-vegan-almond-cookies-with-salted-caramel-filling/

Salted Caramel Sauce

After you try this sauce, you will need to sit down. Trust me. This Gluten Free Dairy Free Salted Caramel Sauce is sooo creamy and sooo delish, your knees will buckle! Hard to believe it’s made with just a few simple ingredients. Plus, no cooking – bonus!

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I’ve made this sauce several times already, and each time, I gobble it up in a matter of days. It’s perfect for spreading on warm toast, using in another gluten and dairy free recipe of mine (coming soon!), or what I recently tried out…a grilled caramel banana sandwich! Oh…yeah *cue the drool*. Just like making a grilled cheese sandwich, you just spread a bit of dairy free buttery spread on the outside of your bread slices. On the inside, spread about half a tbsp of sauce on each side, and line one side with banana slices. Then close up the sandwich, place on a warm frying pan and grill each side for about 5 min. Oh. My. Gosh. This is the best, THE BEST sandwich to have! And hey, I like to think it’s pretty healthy. Almond butter – good. Maple syrup – good. Coconut oil – good. Bananas – good. So it can count as lunch, right? Well, even if not in your book, it does for me.

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If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may have to come up with plan B. You’ve been pre-warned. The first time I made this sauce, I tried making it in my crappy, crappy blender. This blender is so crappy it can’t even make a proper smoothie. Always leaving clumps of bananas. What’s up with that? Isn’t a blender supposed to BLEND the ingredients into pure smoothness?? It seems my blender didn’t get the memo on that one. So stupid me, thinking this time would be different, pulled out the crappy blender from my hard to reach cupboard, and went away on making the sauce. Well, let’s just say, I don’t think my blender is gonna come out to play anymore (is it supposed to smell like burning when you run it??). So, if you have a crappy blender like me, either invest in a really good one, or if you’re not looking to spend too much at the moment, may I recommend a Magic Bullet. I picked mine up on sale after my blender fiasco, and it does the job on this sauce. Pretty sad that my crappy blender couldn’t cut it. I’m guessing it would definitely be even easier using a high powered blender, but I wasn’t willing to fork out the money. Plus now I can enjoy a decent smoothie. What have I been missing all these years!

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Stay tuned for my next post, featuring an easy gluten, dairy and egg free recipe, great for using up this Salted Caramel Sauce…if you can make it last that long of course.

Pure deliciousness!
Enjoy,

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Salted Caramel Sauce

This sauce is so rich & creamy you'd never guess it was dairy free and so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (just almonds)
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 tsp fine salt

Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a high powered blender. A Magic Bullet will also work.
  2. Blend on high for about 2 min, stopping to scrape down sides as needed, until it becomes a thick well blended sauce. If using a Magic Bullet, you will need to pulse on and off several times (stopping to scrape down sides), to ensure you don't burn the motor.
  3. Place in a jar with tight fitting lid and store in refrigerator.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Baker Bettie

http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-dairy-free-salted-caramel-sauce/

Almond Butter Blueberry Muffins

Have you ever bought a baking ingredient, not knowing exactly what to do with it? You bring it home, add it to your pantry and say, ‘I’ll get to you someday’. And there it sits; patiently waiting for its turn. Each time you run into the pantry for ingredients, it pops right up and screams ‘Pick me! Pick me!’, but you always just walk away and say ‘I’ll get to you someday’. This was my relationship with agave nectar, but all has changed since I made these Gluten Free Dairy Free Almond Butter Blueberry Muffins.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Almond Butter Blueberry MuffinsAgave nectar is a great alternative to sugar. As it is sweeter than sugar, you don’t need to use as much in your recipes, making it a perfect substitute in these muffins, which I like to enjoy for breakfast. Since these would be my ‘breakfast muffins’ the only bit of sugar in these is the ½ tbsp of brown sugar I mixed with ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top – because really, who could resist the smell of warm brown sugar and cinnamon? As I did not have fresh blueberries on hand, I used frozen ones which worked just fine (no defrosting required by the way). When I make a batch of these muffins, I’ll typically leave a couple out for the next day or two, and then freeze the rest. This way I always have a yummy breakfast muffin on hand.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Almond Butter Blueberry MuffinsYes, I know… this recipe is a little different from the sweet treats I normally prepare, but I figured starting my day off with a big bowl of cupcakes topped sky high with buttercream probably isn’t a good idea…as much as I’d like to tell myself it is.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Almond Butter Blueberry Muffins

These are perfect for dunking in your morning coffee, or warm them up and top them with some dairy free buttery spread. Pure deliciousness!
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! Comments are always welcomed.
Eva

Gluten Free Dairy Free Almond Butter Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 22 minutes

Makes: about 12 muffins

A moist and delicious muffin, perfect for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries frozen (not thawed)
  • Optional topping
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and place liners in muffin trays.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl and set aside.
  3. If using optional topping, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and set aside.
  4. In bowl of mixer, add agave, almond butter and oil and mix on medium-low until combined.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  6. Add dry ingredients and milk, alternating between each addition, and mix until well combined.
  7. Fold in blueberries.
  8. Fill liners about 3/4 full and top with brown sugar topping. Bake for 22 minutes, or until muffins spring back when touched in the center.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit in trays for 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-dairy-free-almond-butter-blueberry-muffins/

Almond Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

Lately I’ve been craving some flourless peanut butter cookies I used to make years ago.  Unfortunately though, peanut butter is on my ‘no-no’ list which meant I couldn’t whip up a batch to curb this craving.

Gluten Free Flourless Almond Butter Cookies
As with all my cravings, I knew it wouldn’t go away on its own, so the only answer was to re-vamp the recipe.  By simply replacing the peanut butter with almond butter, I was able to create these gluten free flourless almond butter cookies.

Gluten Free Flourless Almond Butter Cookies
These cookies are super easy to make. Using only 3 ingredients (you heard correctly – only 3 ingredients!), you can quickly mix these up in one bowl sans mixer, for a sweet treat.

Gluten Free Flourless Almond Butter Cookies
They’re super soft and chewy and go perfect with a glass of almond milk – vanilla or chocolate optional. 
Honestly, I’m surprised I was able to capture these babies in pictures, given I couldn’t stop gobbling them up. They are just that addictive!  Pure deliciousness.

Gluten Free Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

Enjoy & thanks for stopping by! Comments are always welcomed. 
Eva

Gluten Free Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

Bake Time: 14 minutes

Makes: About 22 cookies

These cookies are so soft and chewy - it's hard to eat just one!

Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. Roll into small balls (about 1 tsp each) and place on prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 1" between each cookie.
  4. Slightly flatten each ball with a fork.
  5. Bake for 14 min. Remove and let fool for about 5 minutes on sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
http://www.pastelbakery.ca/gluten-free-flourless-almond-butter-cookies/