Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Cherry Power Cookies

May 14, 2015

Chocolate almond cherry power cookies from Against the Grain fuel the body so that whether you need something quick for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up, these cookies are guaranteed to satisfy.  This slightly sweet treat is gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free and vegan so they can be served to almost anyone with dietary restrictions.  If cherries do not happen to be your thing, feel free to substitute with unsweetened dried cranberries.  

Chocolate Almond Cherry Power Cookies
Courtesy of Against the Grain
Yields 16 cookies

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
1/2 cup unsalted natural almond butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries, chopped
1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces (80% cacao)
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: Whisk together 1/2 cup hot water and ground chia seeds and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes to thicken.

Step 3: Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the almond butter, flaxseed, arrowroot, applesauce, maple syrup, cinnamon, lemon juice, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt. Mix on medium speed to combine fully.

Step 4: Add the thickened chia mixture to the bowl with the baking soda and beat again until fully combined. Stir in the cherries and chocolate pieces.

Step 5: Using a cookie scoop or a large spoon, drop dough onto the lined baking sheets. Wet fingers slightly with warm water and gently press the mounds down to flatten slightly. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with sliced almonds.

Step 6: Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and the almonds are lightly toasted. Cool on a wire rack completely before serving.

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