batch of cookies

Fruit and Nut - Chocolate Inspiration

These lower sugar, vegan, gluten free cookies are inspired by my obsession with fruit and nut chocolate bars. Something about the mix of sweet fruit with bittersweet chocolate and toasted nuts has always been pure joy for my taste buds. These cookies have all the flavour of my favourite chocolately treat with the additional of actual nutrients!

These cookies are great with coffee or tea, and I’ve been told they aren’t too shabby as dessert with ice cream. Even my mom asked for the recipe, which is saying a lot!

Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cookies

1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tbsp coco powder

1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries (fruit juice sweetened)
1/2 cup walnuts pieces, toasted
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl combine the first 4 dry ingredients well. In a smaller bowl combine the oil, agave and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Stir in the dried fruit, walnut pieces and chocolate chips.

Gather the batter in the bottom of the bowl and chill for about 15 minutes. Roll into balls, placing on a parchment lined cookie tray. Flatten each with a fork before placing in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool cookies on a tray. This recipe makes a dozen cookies. Try not to eat them all in one day!