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3-Ingredient Fresh Apple Almond Flour Cookies {vegan, grain-free, oil-free, Paleo}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x

Description

3 ingredient cookies for fall and winter, made with almond flour, a fresh apple, and cinnamon. Crisp at the edges with soft, cake-like middles, they are vegan, Paleo, grain-free, oil-free, and have no added sugar.


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Ingredients

  • 1 small (about 5 oz/142 g) organic sweet or tart-sweet apple
  • 1 cup (112 g) blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional, but highly recommended)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If leaving skin on, scrub apple well. Otherwise, peel the apple.
  3. Core and cut apple into chunks; process in a food processor, stopping to scrape down sides, until pureed (mixture will look like raw apple sauce).
  4. Place the almond flour in a medium bowl. Add the apple puree, cinnamon and (optional) salt. Stir until completely blended.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, drop dough in 12 mounds, spacing 2 inches apart, on prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown and centers of cookies feel firm to the touch. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Apple Tips: In order for this recipe to work well, it is important to (1) use a sweet or tart-sweet apple. For example, red-delicious, gala, Macintosh, or Braeburn; (2) Process the apple very finely, to the point where the juices are releasing. It should look like raw apple sauce (see photo); be sure to measure the amount of apple after pureeing. Do not use more than the 1/2 cup that is called for in the recipe (i.e., do not just go by general size of the apple).

Variation Ideas:

Sweetness Bump: If you like, add a touch more sweetness to the dough. It does not take much to make these much sweeter. Consider adding 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar, brown sugar, or maple syrup, if desired.

Extracts: Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract to dough.

Sugar Sparkle: Sprinkle tops of dough with turbinado (raw) sugar.

Other spices: Replace the ground cinnamon with an equal amount of ground cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, or 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Chocolate Chip: Add 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips to the dough. Alternatively, prepare dough as directed and press the chocolate chips into surfaces of scooped dough.

  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 60
  • Sugar: 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 24.2 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: cookies, 3 ingredients, apple, almond flour, vegan, paleo, oil-free, grain-free