Salted Nut Butter Cookies
Good quality nut butters are delicious ! I often enjoy them straight out of a jar or off a spoon – just pure comfort food that satisfies me for hours. The only ingredient on the back label should be nuts and maybe just a little salt – that’s it ! Look for nut butters with no added oils, sugar or stabilisers. I’ve made these cookies a number of times and they are delicious using peanut, almond or macadamia (my favourite). This is perfect for holiday baking and what I love about them is that you only need a few ingredients to create pure magic.
What’s good about them:
Nut butters are packed with protein that keeps your body sustained for hours. They are also rich in antioxidants and minerals that include magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin and folate. I love my macadamia nuts and they make the most amazing butters because they are so deliciously creamy and high in anti-inflammatory mono-unsaturated fats similar to olive oil and avocado. Make nut butters yourself in a quality high speed blender and you’ll taste and feel the benefits.
1 cup (250 g) organic peanut or almond butter or macadamia nut butter
2 generous tablespoons honey or your choice of natural sweetener (coconut sugar, organic maple syrup, stevia etc )
1 organic egg
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup almonds or macadamia nuts, or other nuts roughly chopped
flaked salt to garnish
Preheat oven to 150 C.
Combine nut butter, honey, vanilla and organic egg into a mixing bowl.
Mix well until combined. The mixture will be soft and a little sticky – but that’s how it’s supposed to look. (based on what nuts you use they will vary in consistency. For a firmer cookie you can add a few tablespoons of almond meal coconut)
Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking.
Spoon delicate portions onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, using a small teaspoon or mini ice cream scoop
Chop almonds or peanuts then garnish over the top.
Press the cookie down so it flattens.
Sprinkle lightly with a little flaked sea salt
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
Remove and allow to cool.
Notes and Inspiration
Add 2 tablespoons Healthy Chef Organic Pea Protein or Healthy Chef Native Whey Protein Isolate to pump up the protein and boost amino acid profile.
Add 80 g roughly chopped dark chocolate for a choc chip version
To make chocolate fudge cookies add 2 tablespoons Naked Chocolat