One Crazy Week = Nutty Cookies

Every week is crazy, this one especially so – faced with a deadline to finish the cover of my book plus a photo shoot for the fitness section, plus the three kids, two dogs, and well – life in general.

We relied this week on some good old standbys that I’ll share with you later in this post. Today, I found myself with a little down time in which Rowan and I whipped up some “cookies” with what we found left in the kitchen after our nutty week. These are not super sweet but they are SUPER tasty.  This is a great after school snack for the kiddos and easy for toddlers to snack on as well.  Plan ahead this weekend – make a big batch and your little guys and gals will have healthy and delicious snacks to take along while on the go!

Nutty Cookies

2 bananas smashed

1/3 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup almond butter

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup raw walnuts

1 apple finely chopped

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp cinnamon (or more if your 2 year old is measuring…)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to smash the bananas to baby food consistency.  Add the coconut flour, almond butter, and baking soda and mix well.  Using a hand held chopper or food processor, chop the walnuts and apples to a very fine dice.  Add the walnuts, apples, coconut milk, and cinnamon to the bowl and mix in remaining ingredients.  Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper and spoon heaping tablespoons of the cookie mix onto the parchment paper, placing an inch or two apart.  Back for 25  minutes.  Makes approximately 20-22 cookies.

We survived this week on lettuce tacos, a spin off of this recipe but I added curry powder, turmeric, garlic powder, a little cardamom, and mixed with some mashed sweet potatoes and topped with fresh cilantro, and a crock pot chicken similar to this one with one small can of El Pato hot sauce added to a whole chicken rubbed with sea salt and garlic powder.  I threw in sliced onions, carrots and celery and called it a day. A fast breakfast earlier in the week was leftover steak from the weekend (chopped small for the little guy) with an awesome melon I found at the farmers market, a cross between a honey dew and a cantaloupe.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Rhiannon says

    These look delicious!! Have the ingrediant and a free afternoon today!!

    I know you get a lot of props, but thought it is always nice to hear more. I switched to paleo three months ago. I had been on the fence for months, but knew that after a year of doing CF I needed to take the leap. I found your blog one evening and it completely inspired me to make the change. I have not regretted a single minute of it. I have completely changed my body composition (last bit of baby fat gone! Nice crossfit muscles were already there waiting to show off!) I feel fantastic and have no desire to go back to my old ways. My husband after years of battling losing some wait has also completely transformed his body. All headaches are gone, and I love of the take charge attitude of deciding what I put into my body instead of blinding shopping the grocery store and having big marketing firms tell me what I should be buying for my family.

    Thank you thank you tnank you. I attribute a lot to your site. I have made all of your recipes and they are DELICIOUS, and with a well stocked paleo kitchen, they are fast and handy!

    My tiny peanut of a 2 year old snacks on almonds and puts his hands on his hips and exclaims, “I need meat!” I love it. My 3 year old still loves his pb&j, but we are slowly transitioning him. Thanks again and best of luck with your blog and upcoming book!!

    • Sarah says

      Hi Rhiannon,
      Thank you so much for sharing your story – I LOVE to hear success stories like yours? You did all the work girl and I am totally honored to have helped, even in the slightest way. : ) You are another example of inspiration and proof that this amazing lifestyle is possible – even for busy families!! : )

  2. Debbie S says

    WEll I couldn’t wait to try these since I didn’t have an egg in the house and this recipe didn’t call for one:) My dough was quite a bit more loose than yours shows and maybe that is because I tried Almond flour instead of coconut flour which I have never seen in the store. so where do you buy coconut flour. Does whole foods or trader jo’s have it? The batter is delicious and my first runny batch is in the oven as I type, I hope they turn out and if they don’t I will have a fabulous mess to eat with a spoon:):)

  3. Debbie S says

    They are out of the oven and my house smells amazing. I wish my kids weren’t in school they would be freaking out that mom made cookies. They did turn out super well in spite of the loose batter-shocker!! And they are super good! I think they are plenty sweet with out added sweetners beyond the fruit. Thank you for the recipe~

    • Sarah says

      Hi Debbie! So glad they turned out! I buy my coconut flour from my local health food store or from Raley’s. I would be that Whole Foods carries it as well. : )

  4. Veronica says

    Definitely sharing this recipe with the kiddos! They love to bake. Betcha we’ll have some before the weekend is out! :-) Thanks Sarah!

  5. Nancy says

    Made them yesterday!!! Yummy. I had all the ingredients on hand so it was super easy!! Thanks!!! From a fellow crossfitter always looking for new and interesting ways to eat paleo.

  6. Tracey says

    Love the picture of you “simple breakfast”. Sometimes even the simplest things, like 2 hard boiled eggs, some pecans and a handful of cherry tomato’s gives me new ideas!

  7. Tristan says

    Thank you for a quick and easy cookie recipe! I made these yesterday, super simple, and they are already gone. My youngest especially loved them and I didn’t feel guilty letting him have one this morning after breakfast.

  8. Cheryl says

    Love this recipe and your site! I made the cookies this evening. We only had green bananas, so I substituted 2/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce for the bananas. They came out great!

  9. Michele says

    Sarah, these tasted amazing! Scott loved them, the kids loved them..and now I need to make another batch for the week! Yum! Thanks for the great idea – I needed something new for lunch and snack for the kiddos!

  10. says

    Sarah,

    Recipe mentions a measurement of almond butter. Later I see almonds to be included but the amount is not stated. I used 2/3rds almond butter and 1/3 c of almonds crushed in the food processor. Are we to use almonds along with almond butter?

    • Sarah says

      Hi David,
      Oh shoot, in that sentence that mentions find dicing the walnuts and almonds – I was supposed to say walnuts and apples! I just fixed it, I’m so sorry – but I’m sure they hopefully turned out great for you anyway! They are nutty cookies, and I guess yours will just be extra nutty! Sorry about that!

  11. says

    Any chance your book will be coming out before Christmas? I would love to add it to my “wish list”. I love the recipes. My whole family hasn’t converted to Paleo but everyone is definitely enjoying the recipes. I haven’t made anything from this blog that hasn’t been enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.

    We eat spaghetti sauce a lot with spaghetti sauce too!

  12. April says

    I made these with my 2 year old. She was very proud of her cookies and also enjoyed eating them. ;) We are making a total of 4 recipes from your site this week- thanks so much for this blog!

  13. Carla C says

    I couldn’t find coconut flour so I tried TJ’s Almond Meal. They came out great! Very nutty and not very sweet (which I liked).

    Thanks! I’ve been recommending your site to coworkers and friends who want to try Paleo or are allergic to gluten. All the recipes turn out perfect!

  14. kevin says

    These are fantastic!! I have been doing without anything like this for almost 6 weeks. what a great treat. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.

  15. Setareh says

    Just made these today and they were amazing! A great substitute for regular cookies! I even had my non-paleo friends try them and they loved them! Followed the recipe exactly and the cookies came out great. For anyone looking for coconut flour whole foods does carry it. Looking forward to trying the rest of your recipes soon :)

  16. Angela says

    Hi Sarah,

    I saw your testimonial in Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution book. So cool. The funny thing is, I found your blog before seeing the testimonial as I was looking for paleo recipes. Haha.

    I made your cookies yesterday and wow! So amazing. My husband and I have been doing Paleo for 6 months now and have dropped a combined total of 57 pounds. He doesn’t like coconut and was complaining that he wasn’t going to like the cookies because they have coconut flour in them. Well, low and behold, look who ended up gobbling them up and talking about how amazing they are.

    Anyway, thanks for the blog and the recipes. Keep up the good work. :)

  17. Rachel C says

    These are fabulous! I didn’t have walnuts so I substituted Pecans and they tasted like banana bread. Even my husband, who doesn’t like any cookies unless they have sugar in them, said they were good and he’d eat more than one. I LOVE them. These will definitely be going on the favorite paleo recipe pile. :)

  18. says

    My teenage son made these last night while I was at work! AMAZING. He substituted walnuts for chopped almonds. My daughter who isn’t an almond lover even liked these. We already have a couple of bananas set aside for next week. Thanks again for the great recipes that work for real families.

  19. Susan says

    Made these this afternoon with my boys and they had as much fun making them as eating them! My three year old said, “Hey let’s put raisins in them! They’ll be like REAL cookies!” Then my five year old said,”Yeah, only Paleo!” They were great! Thanks!

  20. Stephanie says

    These came out delicious! Another plus, if your child has ever looked longingly at the bowl because they wanted to eat the raw dough but you were hesitant because of raw eggs, well…in this recipe (which smells like heaven, btw) they can eat the raw dough too!

    YUM!

  21. Allison says

    Going to give these a try for the Halloween weekend so I have goodies to eat too! They look and sound delish! :) I use so many of your recipes and they are all so wonderful! Thanks for helping me cook and stay paleo!

  22. Alexis says

    I made these last night and they taste great but they crumble when you eat them. I used extremly light coconut milk i found at whole foods (its like 40 calories for a cup) do you think that was my mistake?

    Thanks! :)

    • Sarah says

      Hi Alexis! The light coconut milk might have made them more crumbly – I go for the real deal but I have also used the So Delicious coconut milk and they have turned out ok. Did you make sure they cooled before you ate them? They are a bit crumbly but shouldn’t totally fall apart… : )

      • Sue W says

        I realize this is post is nearly a year old and so it may not get an answer. I made these cookies and they turned out very soft and bread-like (still very tasty!). I used the So Delicious coconut milk, which I thought was real. So what is “real” coconut milk? How would I identify it? How is is different from the So Delicious? Thank you!

  23. Yvette says

    Hi, I really want to make these cookies, however I live overseas and not able to get coconut flour or almond butter here. What do you recommend I use in place of those two ingredients? How about an all natural peanut butter? Please let me know, really would love to make these for my kids. I’m really excited to try your Chicken Chili soup and your crock pot chicken. Thanks :)!

  24. Sharron Clemons says

    These look delicious!! Have the ingrediant and a free afternoon today!! I know you get a lot of props, but thought it is always nice to hear more. I switched to paleo three months ago. I had been on the fence for months, but knew that after a year of doing CF I needed to take the leap. I found your blog one evening and it completely inspired me to make the change. I have not regretted a single minute of it. I have completely changed my body composition (last bit of baby fat gone! Nice crossfit muscles were already there waiting to show off!) I feel fantastic and have no desire to go back to my old ways. My husband after years of battling losing some wait has also completely transformed his body. All headaches are gone, and I love of the take charge attitude of deciding what I put into my body instead of blinding shopping the grocery store and having big marketing firms tell me what I should be buying for my family. Thank you thank you tnank you. I attribute a lot to your site. I have made all of your recipes and they are DELICIOUS, and with a well stocked paleo kitchen, they are fast and handy! My tiny peanut of a 2 year old snacks on almonds and puts his hands on his hips and exclaims, “I need meat!” I love it. My 3 year old still loves his pb&j, but we are slowly transitioning him. Thanks again and best of luck with your blog and upcoming book!!

  25. Kerry Rooney says

    These cookies are awesome! My husband and kidlets loved them too! We call them ‘caveman cookies’ a little wink to the Paleo name. I added macadamia nuts, (instead of walnuts) an egg, a little coconut oil (1tbsp.) because I was just a smidge shy of the 3/4 cup almond butter, and some chunky shaved coconut. How many of these are legal to eat at one time on the Paleo diet? There is just no way you can have only one. I have just crossed over to this way of eating and love it. Thanks for the great recipes and inspiration!

    • Sarah says

      Hi Kerry! Well, the “legal cookie limit” all depends on you and what your goals are my dear. If you are lean and otherwise healthy, you can probably get away with a few more nutty cookies than if you are wanting to lose weight. When I make these cookies they go pretty fast so honestly, they are more of a treat at our house than an everyday thing. Hope that helps!

  26. Edith says

    I made the cookies but added shredded organic carrots and raisins! It was way too yummy!!!! We use them as snacks when we go hiking. :-D

  27. says

    Made these yummy cookies tonight! They were a great treat to end the fun spring break our family had! We added cashews instead of walnuts since that was what we had. I may try this with cashew butter instead of almond butter next time around since my son is not to fond of almonds but LOVES cashews. =)

  28. Marlene says

    I’m making these cookies right now!!! one batch just out, so darn good…can’t wait to share them with my CrossFit friends. Thank you Sarah for sharing your culinary-Paleo-wisdom. LOVE IT.

  29. Carol Borchert says

    I made these last night using the pumpkin substitution and added dairy-free dark chocolate chips. This morning we went to a scholarship breakfast at my daughter’s high school and I came prepared. The breakfast buffet, as I expected, was pastries, bagels and fruit. My husband and I loaded up on fruit (lots of berries!), and I had hidden in my purse four nutty cookies (perfect for breakfast on the go), as well as some green tea, so we were able to enjoy a lovely paleo breakfast. Thanks so much and I’m really enjoying your cookbook!

  30. Andrea says

    Thanks for the base! Because I was being a little lazy and had already washed enough dishes for the night, I ended up kind of adapting this to only use the food processor. Turned out well, but here’s how it went down …

    Apple and walnut in food processor. Pulse pulse pulse. Bananas and coconut flour added, more pulse-y pulse. Almond butter, baking soda and cinnamon added – pulse! Hmm. This is pretty thin, I think I’ll skip the coconut milk …………………

    Added some raisins just cuz, and baked. Although the dough (more of a batter, really) seemed thin, they didn’t flatten out. Kept their shape just fine and darned tasty. Probably would have been a little better nutritionally with full fat coconut milk to balance out the bananas and apple, but oh well … my 12 year old just started trying Paleo and he’s been quite a trooper, I just wanted to make him a treat.

    • Sarah says

      Sounds great Andrea! That’s what’s wonderful about cooking, a recipe is just a guideline and a an excuse for you to have fun with it and your version sounds fun, easy and yummy! Thanks for sharing! : )

  31. Michele says

    I’m just learning about the Paleo diet so I’m still in the research process. It sounds like what I want to do so that my kids and I are eating healthier. I haven’t found the answer yet, but I’ve noticed you use coconut flour and milk for this recipe. Where do you find ingredients like that? I live in a small town so I only have a Walmart and a couple of chain grocery stores — Kroger and Marsh. I’m not sure any of them will have these. Thanks!

  32. Kim says

    I really want to make this cookies, however, I am having trouble trying to convert to english conversion of grams/ounces, can anybody help me with this?

    Thank you

  33. says

    These cookies are so tasty! Thank you for the recipe. I was wondering if they need to be refrigerated after baking due to being made with the almond butter? Has anybody tried freezing them? If so, how did they turn out after they thawed? Thanks again! Fantastic website, such great ideas! Life changing recipes and advice…

    • Sarah says

      I typically put mine in an airtight container and then in the fridge after we make these. I have not tried freezing them, but if you do, maybe put a piece of parchment paper in between if you are stacking them to freeze, I could see them really sticking together otherwise. : )

  34. marcy says

    Wow, these cookies are to die for!!! I have been doing Paleo for 5 weeks and haven’t lost a single pound. My husband has lost 10 and looks and feels amazing. I have 8 lbs away from my goal weight and am still nursing 2x a day, so I’m guessing the weight is holding on for that reason. I do however feel better all around and during allergy season my allergies were a 1 on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the worst. I started eating this way during allergy season and only have been supplementing with bee pollen. It’s amazing what a little diet change will do.
    Thanks again!!! I added peach apple sauce since I only had a banana and a half and 3 dates instead of an apple since it’s not apple season. I used the coffee grinder to grind the dates and walnuts, YUMMMMMM!!!!

  35. Julie says

    These barely made it to the oven…they are so tasty! Thanks for creating all kinds of recipes (including dessert :-)) to keep things interesting in my kitchen.

  36. Toni says

    My oven tends to be super-powered so I only baked them for 23minutes. They turned out delicious but were always a bit soft … if I bake them the full 25minutes can I expect them to be a little more crisp or firm? I also didn’t store them in the fridge after so they never got a bit softer with time! Next time I’ll put them in the fridge or freezer!

  37. Risa says

    Sarah –
    I am writing a paleo children’s book and would love to include this nutty cookie recipe, with your permission. Naturally, I would credit your site and book.
    Please let me know if this is okay with you.
    Thanks –
    Risa

    • Sarah says

      Hi Risa,
      Thanks so much for asking! I would love to let you but I just spoke to my publisher and because this exact recipe is in my current book and potentially going into another project I am working on, he will not let me publish it anywhere else. I’m so sorry!! However, it’s obviously on my site for public use so if you wanted to tweak the ingredients somehow and call it another name, that’s entirely up to you. Thanks again!
      Sarah

  38. Isabelle says

    Hey Sarah,
    I just made your cookies with sweet potato flour (in place of coconut flour) and they were delicious! I found this flour at Wholefoods. I recommend trying out this variation if you haven’t already.
    Thanks again for all the yummy recipes. I’m experimenting and playing with them and it’s a lot of fun and delicious!
    Isabelle

  39. aubrey says

    What is the sub for making these pumpkin? Also, do you have a pumpkin sub for your apple muffins? Putting pumpkin in anything helps me fight all the sweet cravings of the fall season!

  40. says

    Hmm… my dough looked just like yours but they turned out darker on the outside and uncooked in the centers. The 2nd sheet I lowered the oven temp and baked longer but had the same problem. Anyway my 2-yr likes them and since I’m only in my second grain-free week and still craving all the bad stuff, they are certainly making me happy!

    • Sarah says

      It could be that you made the cookies too large, but please also remember that you are using real food and not flour and these will not be like Toll House cookies in texture. : )

  41. Nikki says

    My husband and I just bought your book last week and have been trying your delicious recipes everyday since! We just LOVE the Avocado Tuna Boats! So incredibly easy to make and so yummy! We definitely don’t miss all that mayo in our tuna either :) Thanks!

  42. Nikki says

    My husband and I just bought your book last week and have been trying your delicious recipes everyday since! We just LOVE the Avocado Tuna Boats- one of our favorites! So yummy and incredibly easy to make! We definitely don’t miss all that mayo either :) Thank you for all your inspirational cooking ideas!

  43. Kris says

    Just made these and they are awesome!! I’m new to the paleo lifestyle & I find your site very helpful & inspiring. Love all the pictures. Thank you thank you!!

  44. John says

    These cookies have quickly become a favorite in our house! For some reason, the Silk brand of coconut milk seems to work best in these.. at least for us.

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