This recipe is part of a Family Favourites series hosted by Angela over at Canned Time. The theme was to veganize a recipe that you used to love as a kid and/or that your fam would regularly enjoy together. Honestly, I had trouble thinking of sweet recipes that I hadn't already veganized for my blog (like pumpkin pie, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate cake) and most of the savoury dishes I loved eating when I was little are just sooo not ideal to veganize (think Thai-style omelettes and baked salmon). There were a lot of savoury foods I ate growing up that I COULD made vegan now - pizza pops and chicken nuggets to name a couple - but they wouldn't be that healthy or simple and I'm not into spending lots of time making recipes for dinner, especially if they have more refined ingredients.. I'd rather just bake eight potatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and be done with it. Seriously, my dinners are pathetically easy when I'm not writing a savoury cookbook.
So here's what you should know: these cookies are SO FREAKIN GOOD by themselves and then they are topped off with warm, gooey apple slices marinated with cinnamon and nutmeg. There's no going wrong here. Make this recipe ASAP. Oh and I'd like to make a fun announcement: I am doing a giveaway!! The prize is Gena Hamshaw's new cookbook, Food52 Vegan, and later on (when it is finally published) my new baby, The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook! Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter giveaway linked here to enter the contest. Note: it's limited to Canada the US only (really sorry, everyone else).
So that was my story for the day, folks. Hope you enjoyed. I am really done with this set of 24 hours now and just wanna eat one of these cookies and watch The X Files with Jack, so that is what I am gonna do. xx
ALMOND COOKIES with SPICED APPLE SLICES
1 cup thinly sliced apples
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almonds
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
To prepare the apples: toss them with the spices and maple syrup. Put them in your oven at a very low temperature, or in a dehydrator, for an hour or until they have softened. Check often to make sure they don't dry out or burn - you want them warm, soft and gooey.
To make the cookies: grind the almonds into flour in a food processor or blender. Throw the almond flour into a bowl and stir in the maple syrup and coconut oil until you get a sticky, crumbly mixture. If it's not sticking together, add some more maple syrup. If it's too wet, add some ground flax seeds or more almond flour. Spread this the cookie dough evenly onto a cookie sheet, about 1/2 inch thick, and put in the fridge or freezer until solid, an hour or two. Cut into cookies.
Spoon some warm apple slices onto your cookies and dig in!
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