• Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cookies

    March 7, 2014

    Happy Cookie Friday! The long-time readers will definitely remember Cookie Friday. It was easily the tastiest day of the week!

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    In honor of Cookie Friday, here’s a ridiculously delicious (and easy) cookie recipe to help you celebrate. (I honestly don’t think I’ve loved a cookie this much in a long time.) The flavors of coconut, chocolate, and almond (i.e. Almond Joy) are some of my very favorites, so these cookies taste absolutely incredible to me. Thick, rich, soft, and gooey, I have a feeling you will love them too!

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    • 1.5 cups almond meal
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


    1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until batter is blended evenly.
    2. Refrigerate batter for at least an hour.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    4. Use a tablespoon to portion batter onto a prepared baking sheet.
    5. Bake cookies for approximately 10-12 minutes or until tops start to lightly brown.
    6. Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool before serving.

    Makes 10-12 cookies

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    { 39 comments… read them below or add one }

    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit March 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Ahhh this is happening tonight! I have almond meal sitting in my cupboard and totally didn’t know what to do with it. Perfecto!


    Paola A March 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Can’t wait for lent to be over so I can have sweets again!


    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I also love Almond Joy! These sound delicious! Thank you for sharing!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    um, cookie friday sounds like a good tradition to me!


    logan @ flatstomach101 March 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Those look delicious!! I am going to have to make myself some! Thank you!


    Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye March 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    These sound amazing!!


    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run March 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I make a VERY similar cookie except with lots of shredded coconut and no extract. They are my favorite! Happy Cookie Friday :)


    Megan March 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    These sound fantastic! I am a sucker for cookies.


    Livi March 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve been meaning to use some almond flour I bought– this is the perfect recipe!


    Calista March 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Ooooh, these sound amazeballs. I’m going to have to make them. I think I love Cookie Friday!


    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} March 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    And I was looking for a cookie for cookie Friday, perfect timing!


    Abi@AbsofSteel March 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    oh, how I want to eat that cookie right now. I will have to try the recipe sometime!


    Kari March 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Making these now! I promised my 2 year old cookies tonight, and when I saw this recipe, I put away the butter I had sitting out and switched gears! Dough is chilling in the fridge…can’t wait! (Also, just wanted to point out that you may want to put step 1 under step 3 to avoid pre-heating the oven too early as I did :-) ).


    Tina March 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Oops! Sorry about that. Recipe-writing habit! Thanks for mentioning it.

    Hope you guys enjoy these cookies! 😄


    Taylee @ twist me fit March 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    These look delicious!


    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    These sound amazing!


    Lisa @ runnermamablogger March 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    They sound awesome and so easy to make


    Amicia Rai March 8, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Thanks so much for the awesome recipe! I have all the ingredients so I’ll try it today! ^_^


    Kate March 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    just a pug video to start your saturday morning off right! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWvu4WkCKHw&feature=youtu.be


    Tina March 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Pugs are so funny! What a sweet little guy! Thanks for sharing the link!


    Megan @ The Skinny-Life March 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    These sound delicious! I have a similar recipe, but it is with canola oil instead of coconut oil. I definitely need to try with coconut oil. I’m curious what this taste like.


    Claire C March 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Hey Tina! This recipe has been on my list to make for awhile! Question- did you move your recipe page somewhere else on the blog? I was looking for a specific recipe the other day and couldn’t find it. Let me know if you can!


    Tina March 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I actually removed the page because it was so out-of-date. I really need to update it. Sorry! What recipe are you looking for?


    Claire C March 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    @Tina: thanks for responding! I was looking for a recipe you had for tuna/salmon cakes with brown rice crackers. I think you had adapted it from a recipe in a magazine. It’s lent and I am looking for more fish ideas for Fridays! p.s. I have following along with your pregnancy as I am 21 weeks pregnant myself!


    Tereza March 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Definitely need to save this recipe! Looks delicious!


    Cate March 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

    So, this recipe makes a single serving, right? :)


    Tina March 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Ha! Yes! 😉


    Zahra@MusicandMarathons March 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    love cookie friday (:


    Lindsay March 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    YUM. I have been looking for a reason to get almond meal, now I have found it. Thank you! And thanks for bringing back cookie Friday. Your banana cookies (with oats and dark chocolate chips) are a HOUSE FAVORITE> seriously. We make them at least once every 2 weeks. Cookie monsters!!!


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    Kaysha Comfort March 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    These look absolutely out of this world delicious and to top it off they are gluten free, does it get any better!?!


    Sarah March 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Not only do these look incredible and delicious, but I can share them with my gluten intolerant friends:) It’s a win win!


    Shelissa March 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    These look amazing! I love anything made with almond meal/flour.


    Anel March 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    YUM!!! I have everything but the coconut extract but I think I will still make them tomorrow. Does it have to be sea salt, or will table salt work just the same? Thank you.


    Tina March 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Regular salt would work! 😄


    Pam March 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I do remember Cookie Fridays. These cookies look so much better than the Starbucks ones.


    Jackie March 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Holy freaking yum!!!


    Natalie March 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

    WOW, these look really great. I am definitely going to try them. Thanks for your advice and great blog!


    Dana March 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    These are amazing! I skipped the coconut extract and my boyfriend said he likes them better than regular chocolate chip cookies!!


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