Vegan almond cookies

Vegan almond cookies

vegan almond cookies stack

I love autumn and its low-in-the-sky autumn sun – maybe because I’m an October child – and we’ve been blessed with a fair amount of it here lately. I try to find a patch of it in my garden whenever I can. It’s my favourite way to meditate, it’s doubly relaxing with the feeling of sun on my face. It’s been something I’ve had to call upon a lot lately as my anxiety has been on the up again in the past week. It’s been tough, I won’t lie, but I keep on telling myself that getting better is a process and it isn’t always as linear as we would like.

Our household has been in the wars lately as Duncan has been suffering from a very rare from of tinnitus in the past few weeks. He has seen an ENT specialist and is due to have an MRI in a few weeks, but because of the pandemic the wait is longer than usual. He is a very open-minded and proactive human – something I really cherish in him – and so he has been trying to help himself by doing facial message, acupuncture and meditation (which he surprised himself by enjoying a lot), but unfortunately nothing seems to have any effect on his ear fluttering at all. Meditation allows him to deal with the frustration better but does little to lessen the symptoms.

The doctor has no idea of what caused it and whether it will go away on its own or whether it requires surgical intervention. We hope for the former but it’s been weeks now and so Duncan is losing hope and leaning towards the latter. At the moment him and Tina are enjoying relaxing time in the sun with each other and I am hoping that she will summon all her cat healing powers…

In the sprit of autumn, today’s recipe is a tray of cosy vegan almond cookies. They are deliciously crunchy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, with a subtle hint of orange and an optional coating of chocolate and are easy to make. They are based on my old recipes for flourless hazelnut and pistachio cookies, which you are welcome to try instead if they appeal to you more. This time I’ve set you up to make these with flax and maple syrup instead of aquafaba and sugar and I’m very pleased with the result. Duncan, who ate them all but one, loved them and I hope you will enjoy them too!

vegan almond cookies ingredients

vegan almond cookies making

vegan almond cookies coating

vegan almond cookies raw baked

vegan almond cookies chocolate

makes
12
PREP
20 min
COOKING
20 min
makes
12
PREPARATION
20 min
COOKING
20 min
INGREDIENTS
METHOD
  1. Place flax seeds in a mixing bowl with 30 ml / 2 tbsp of water. Mix well and set aside to thicken. You should end up with a very thick mass when they’ve had a chance to rehydrate.
  2. Meanwhile, chop half of the almonds coarsely – they will be used to coat the cookies in – and the other half less coarsely. You can also grind them but be sure to leave the grind quite chunky.
  3. Add maple syrup, orange zest, salt and almond extract to the rehydrated flaxseeds. Whisk well with a wire whisk.
  4. Next, fold almond flour and less coarsely chopped / ground almonds. Mix all the ingredients together so that you have a sticky cookie dough.
  5. Preheat the oven to 175° C / 350° F.
  6. Divide the dough into 12 equally sized pieces. Roll each portion of dough between the palms of your hands and then lightly press the dough into the coarsely chopped almonds to coat on both sides.
  7. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake for about 20 minutes, until they are lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool down completely before storing or dipping in chocolate.
  8. Melt the chocolate slowly over a water bath. Dip each cookie in the melted chocolate and place on a drying rack to harden. You can store them in an air-tight container for a few days, but these are nicest / crunchiest straight from the oven.

NOTES
*Any flax seeds, I used golden variety but regular flax seeds are fine too. Please be careful with buying pre-ground ones as I have recently bought some that do not work (don’t become gelatinous when hydrated) at all.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
165
8%
sugars
6 g
7%
fats
12 g
17%
saturates
1 g
5%
proteins
5 g
10%
carbs
12 g
4%
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Bonnie Miller:
Made a batch. Was visiting relatives and they didn't have almonds so used pecans instead. Fabulous! All eaten before I could find and melt the chocolate. Today I made a double batch, got a thanks!!! Text, and now most of them are gone. Great eaten with a banana my sister says. So easy to make! Full of vegan protein. This is going in my recipe file, will be making them on a regular basis. Thank you!!!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much, Bonnie! I'm delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed so much! And I really appreciate you taking the time to review, that's so thoughtful - thank you. x Ania
Pam Gereau:
Thank you for this, it looks so good, can't wait to make them. My bf and I just love your bibimbap recipe SO much, so thanks for that too!
After taking waaay too many aspirin and damaged my auditory nerve cells apparently, I have lived with tinnitus for many years. tt now seems it's just become part of my life and thankfully I'm able to mostly ignore it. Sometimes I try and turn it around to think a herd of crickets chirping me me feel like summer is still here. But seriously, I understand how disturbing it can be, because I've been there. Hoping Duncan has gotten some answers and that it starts ramping down soon.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you for your kind words, Pam. I hope you'll enjoy these cookies!
    Oh, and thank you for your consolatory words re: Duncan's tinnitus and sorry to hear that you are battling with it too (although I love your approach to dealing with it, personalised cricket concert sounds great!!). Duncan's has improved since this post, it does flare up whenever he gets stressed/tense so he is doing his best to keep stress at bay. So far so good. x Ania
Jan:
Hi Ania
I’ve just made these cookies but substituted roughly chopped hazelnuts and ground roasted hazelnuts instead of almonds. They’re so delish! And still vegan. I took a photo but couldn’t see how to upload it 🙄
I’m obvs better at cooking 🤗
Thanks for another great recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Jan,
    Thank you, I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed them. I actually do have a hazelnut version on the website too :) . There is no way to upload the photos to my site but you could tag me on Instagram or Facebook (@lazycatkitchen) if you have an account there. Many thanks for taking the time to leave this review - I really appreciate it. x Ania
Bella:
Hello, looks so yum! I just have a question, can these be made with almond pulp remaining from making almond milk? THanks!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yes, I'm pretty sure but you may need to bake them for a bit longer and perhaps at a slightly lower temperature to begin with unless your pulp has been dried out first. x Ania
ashok:
Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, I'm very happy to hear that! x Ania
Tania:
The cookies are so aromatic and delicious! One of of my favourite recipes from Ania's lazy cat kitchen :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Tania! I'm delighted that you enjoyed them so much and thank you for taking the time to review - much appreciated. x Ania
Venny:
Hi Ania, i am a newbie for using almond in my baking. Can you please advise, do i need to soak the almond overnight before using the almond for this recipe? Thank you very much. I want to try this recipe for my niece.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Venny,
    No, not at all, there is no need for soaking at all. Hope you and your niece will enjoy it! x Ania
Steven McClay:
Sorry last message not very clear. If using chia seeds do you grind them or keep them whole? I ground them and the cookies are very dark and still soft after 20 in oven
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Steven,
    The recipe calls for ground flax or chia seeds. Yes, chia seeds are dark so they will make the cookies darker in colour. Do the have a harder shell on the outside, if they do and the inside is still a bit soft, don't worry - the exterior will crisp up as they cool. Hope this helps. Ania
Fiona Frank:
I am making these for the 4th or even 5th time cos we all love them so much!!!
Thankyou so much the supercharged Lazy Cat Kitchen!! Star of vegan delights! Happy Moontime! :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Fiona! I am delighted to hear that you've enjoyed them so much that they have become your regulars! Hahaha, star of vegan delights - so kind, love it. xx Ania
Fiona Frank:
So glad for Duncan! :) I love your recipes and am about to repeat the above recipe which we savaged during a cosy film watching session! The plantain seeds added a musty nutty taste to them and I am going to make some more to jolly up my teenage daughter who is not so lively just now. Long live vegans!!! Thankyou so much and may you have a cosy evening too! XXX
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Fiona, I am too! Hope it lasts. Glad the cookies worked out with plantain seeds (never used them) and thank you are enjoying some family bonding time cookies in hand :) x Ania
Fiona Frank:
They are in the oven now and I am looking forward to trying them very much! I used some weeds in lieu of the flaxseed which I collected at the end of the summer...autumn time. The plant has a lot of seeds and i can't remember for the life of me what it is called!! Derr! But.... we shall see if it works! I too have tinnitus as of about 5 years and am deaf in my right ear and awaiting an appt at the hospital. It is so annoying but I do wonder if it is caused by all the wifi and 5g and who knows what else..... it has just crept up on me and so let us hope for duncan that he will find a way. Good luck! :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Fiona, I hope these work out well for you. So sorry to hear about your tinnitus and I hope you'll get some good advice from your doctor. I don't want to jinx it, but Duncan's symptoms went away a few weeks ago - I suspect they were related to work stress/tension as the improvement coincided with Christmas break. Hope it stays that way. Ania
Amanda:
Could you freeze these?
    Ania
    Ania:
    I have not tried, I'm afraid, so not sure what they will be like after thawing. Ania
Catherine Poulin:
love this, i gave some to my friends, after they tasted it they're asking for the recipe, ty very much, I run out of almonds so I use walnuts instead, still yummy, not so sweet
    Ania
    Ania:
    Great to hear, Catherine. Thanks for letting me know that you and your friends enjoyed these. Ania
Valérie:
Love this recipe! It's very easy to follow. I couldn't find almond flour in the store, so I used spelt flour instead. The orange zest really ads to the flavor.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Valérie,
    I'm glad you loved these. Thanks. Ania
Pratiwi:
it looks really nice, how to make it also easy with a very clear method supported by notes.
I'll make it at home soon, thanks for sharing :)
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, I hope you'll enjoy them! Ania
Grace:
Made this recipe today and loving it - love that it’s low sugar and oil free but still SUPER tasty!!! Thanks for another great recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Grace. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed them! And thanks for taking the time to let me know. x Ania
Melissa Cronshaw:
These are absolutely stunning and so easy to make. I didn't have whole almonds so used sliced ones and they were perfect. Whole family loves them.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Great to hear that they were such a success, Melissa. Thank you for taking the time to review - much appreciated. Ania
Ritchie:
UK readers - make sure that the orange is vegan. Most oranges (and clementines, satsumas, etc.) from supermarkets and greengrocers aren't vegan because they are coated with beeswax or shellac - look for E901 or E904 in tiny print on the label. If you want unwaxed oranges, you will probably need to buy the organic ones.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks for raising awareness about this. Ania
Nic Jarentowski:
Recipe email came through at 6.28pm. First batch eaten by 9.28pm. They are delicious! Thank you for the recipe. You never fail me. These will be part of Christmas celebrations too. The orangey tang is just right with the almond. You keep ‘em comin’ and I’ll keep on makin’ ‘em (and the bearded one here says he’ll keep on eatin’ ‘em) lol.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, that's so cool, that's one of the reasons I love running this blog - the near instantaneous feedback I get is priceless - especially when it is such nice feedback like yours :) Thanks so much, I'm delighted that you and 'the bearded one' enjoyed them enough to include on your Xmas menu too! I am really touched. x Ania
Bonnie:
This may be completely out of left field, and feel free to dismiss! But I have heard that tinnitus could be the first stage of channeling higher guidance ...wisdom trying to come through. I can't imagine how frustrating it is, but maybe this is another avenue to explore in meditation? Thank you for your recipes, always enjoy trying them!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Bonnie, I'm glad to hear that you enjoy my recipes.
Julie:
So sorry to hear about the tinnitus! My sister went through a bout a few years ago and she told me that she worked on telling herself that she was simply hearing the song of the universe. It helped her in way that made it a bit less overwhelming. Wishing Duncan wellness. My sister's is not an issue anymore! AND I am excited to try the cookies!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Julie! Duncan went through a range of emotions and he is dealing with it much better now, but he finds is really difficult at times especially when it suddenly escalates, which it seems to for no apparent reason. I hope you'll enjoy them. Ania
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