My “go to” Almond Butter Cardamom Cookie Recipe

Warmer spring days have many of us spending more time outside and on the go. Most days, I grab apples and a banana for possible snacks as I head out the door. But there are some days when I want a sweeter snack.   On those days, a couple of these almond butter cardamom cookies are perfect! 

These cookies are easy and fast to make, and they travel well. We filled a container full and took them on our last trip to the Louisville Zoo.  This healthy snack was a hit with the grandkids (and the big kids, too).  

These cookies have no processed sugar, no gluten, and no dairy; however, they do have a wonderful extra ingredient  – cardamom.  

Have you cooked with cardamom?  If not, give it a try. 

Adding cardamom to a recipe is like adding tiny flavor bombs bursting with aromatic goodness! From its warm, citrusy notes to its subtle hints of mint and spice, cardamom packs a punch that can elevate any dish from ordinary to extraordinary, including these almond butter cookies! 

Plus, did you know that cardamom isn’t just delicious but also boasts a myriad of health benefits? From aiding digestion to providing antioxidant support, this spice adds a powerhouse of goodness for your body and taste buds alike! 

Cardamom’s Potential Health Benefits

Digestive Health: Cardamom is known for its digestive properties and can help alleviate issues such as indigestion, bloating, and gas.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Cardamom contains compounds that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is associated with various health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, and certain types of cancer. Consuming cardamom may help reduce inflammation in the body, promoting overall health.

Antioxidant Effects: Cardamom is rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenolic compounds. These antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, which can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Including cardamom in cookies adds an extra dose of antioxidants to your diet.

Mood Enhancement: The aromatic compounds in cardamom have been linked to mood enhancement and stress reduction. The pleasant aroma of cardamom can have a calming effect on the mind and body, promoting relaxation and well-being. Indulging in cardamom cookies may provide a comforting and uplifting experience.

While adding cardamom to this recipe may offer potential health benefits, it’s important to enjoy these cookies in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.  

Almond Butter Cardamom Cookies

These cookies have a delightful blend of almond butter, cardamom, and dates, creating a unique and flavorful treat. The addition of almond flour adds a nutty texture, while the cardamom adds warmth and aromatic depth to the cookies. No processed sugar. No gluten. And, no dairy.  But, full of amazing flavor. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter (unsweetened)

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained

  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Optional: 1/4 cup chopped almonds or vegan chocolate chips for added texture

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the flax egg by mixing together ground flaxseed and water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • In a food processor, combine the soaked dates, almond butter, almond flour, flax egg, vanilla extract, ground cardamom, baking soda, and salt. Process until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • If using, stir in the chopped almonds or vegan chocolate chips for added texture.
  • Scoop the cookie dough using a tablespoon or cookie scoop and roll it into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each cookie.
  • Flatten each cookie ball slightly with the palm of your hand or the back of a fork.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta is a certified functional nutrition practitioner, holistic cancer coach and speaker. She studied whole-food, plant-based nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. She is a food driven analyst and works with clients to help them use nutrition principles to solve the root causes of their health symptoms. She knows that functional nutrition is the answer to our current healthcare crisis, both for individuals and for society at large, and wants to inform as many people as she can of the power of food to heal. Her promise to clients - if you eat better, you will feel better.