Crunchy Almond Cacao Nib Cookies

You may recall I recently posted a homemade almond milk recipe.  Many of you asked what to do with all that beautiful leftover almond pulp.  Well, here is a very simple and delicious cookie recipe made with just that.  To start off, you will need to dry out the almond pulp to create a fine almond flour.  I normally freeze the almond pulp until I intend on using it.  So, remove from freezer and set your oven to the lowest temperature (mine was at 170°F).  Lay out the almond pulp onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Pop in the oven for 2 – 3 hours, or until completely dry.  Keep an eye on it in the second hour to make sure it doesn’t burn.  Place into a food processor and whiz until it is a fine flour.  Don’t whiz for too long, or you will end up with almond butter.  It sounds more complicated than it is, trust me.  Store the flour in the fridge between uses to keep it fresh.  If you don’t have homemade almond flour for this recipe, by all means, use store bought.

On to the cookies!  These cookies are really guilt free.  They are refined sugar-free, dairy free, and filled with nutritional ingredients.  They are very light and the cacao nibs offer the perfect crunchy texture.  If you are unfamiliar with cacao nibs, they are nature’s chocolate chips.   Cacao nibs are literally cacao beans that have been roasted and separated from their husks, then peeled and crumbled.  They may look sweet, but they really aren’t.  They are pure, bitter cacao.  They offer a great crunch to baked goods, or if you really want to be wild, toss them into a fresh green salad.  Cacao nibs are also very nutritional.  Did you know they have a higher antioxidant level than blueberries?  Also,   they are one of the best sources of magnesium.  Ladies, you are familiar with those chocolate cravings when PMS-ing.  Studies show magnesium deficiencies aggravate symptoms of PMS.  So, chocolate cravings may be the body’s attempt to obtain sufficient magnesium levels.  Cacao nibs offer a great, natural way to include this important mineral in your diet, and crush those chocolate cravings.  Besides, they are also great mood enhancers.

Onto the recipe…

Crunchy Almond Cacao Nib Cookies
Yields 16
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  3. 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  5. 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, almonds, coconut, and cacao nibs.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop tablespoons of the dough onto the baking sheet about 1-2″ apart.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee or tea and store the rest of the cookies in an air tight container for up to a week.
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Comments

  1. Those look fantastic. You know, I just ate, but I think I could easily find a bit of room for a few of those. 😉

  2. I do the same, freeze all of my almond pulp, i never thought of drying to make the flour, love that idea. I add it to granola all the time and it’s delicious. Great recipe and your photo’s are beautiful,

    • Oh, that’s a great idea to toss it into your granola. Must be really tasty! Thanks so much for the compliments as well. 😉

  3. such beautiful cookies, and how amazing that they are completely from scratch, down to the flour!

  4. HUNGRY.

  5. Sigh! These look lovely Sophia! 🙂

  6. What a fabulous, delicious use for leftover almond flour! Love it!

  7. These look very tasty!

  8. Sounds like a healthy yummy cookie! I just bought a whole bag of cacao nibs from my favourite organic supplier! I usually put them into my smoothie or dessert like pudding; now you showed me another way to use it. Thanks so much, Sophia! 🙂 Also, thanks for sharing the info on cacao nibs; that explains a lot about why I no longer have craving for chocolates during that time of the month!

    • Hello Violet – I also thought the magnesium and chocolate craving relation was very interesting!
      Glad you liked the post – do let me know if you give the cookies a try. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sophia

  9. Oh these look delicious! I always have a packet of cacao nibs in the pantry. I don’t have any almond pulp or almond flour, but I do have lots of almonds. Would I get similar results using finely ground almonds?

    • Hello Ally,
      Thanks for stopping by here – I found your blog through Poppy’s and I am glad I did – your recipes look amazing. You’ve given me a lot of new reading material. 😉
      As for the flour, yes definitely doable using whole almonds. It would be better if you use blanched, but either will work. You can grind them in a food processor, but a blender or coffee grinder will give them a finer consistency. Afterwards, you can put them through a sieve to really get the finest parts only. Have fun!

      • Hi Sophia!
        I’m glad we have connected too. 🙂 I am looking forward to exploring your blog in greater detail.
        Thank you for the info about the almonds. It is really useful.
        🙂

      • Awesome! 🙂

  10. I didn’t realize that cacao nibs were unsweetened. I just thought they were bits of regular sweetened chocolate. I’m gonna have to get me some nibs! Lovely cookies Sophia! Celeste 🙂

    • Hi Celeste, I had no idea either! I bought them, popped a handful in my mouth expecting chocolate chips, I was quite surprised! They are great in baking, though!
      Sophia 🙂

  11. I made your tasty cookies this morning & they are the best! MMMMMM! Thanks again! X

  12. Mrs.Saul says:

    Can I be absolutely lazy and just use my almond pulp wet? (But very well squeezed out!) Can i just use a little less coconut oil to balance out the moisture? I don’t have time to dry it out!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hi there! I hear you, but you will need to dry it out for this recipe. If you have a dehydrator, that will also work of course!
      And in the meanwhile, you can use your wet almond meal in smoothies, or mixed into yoghurt. 🙂

  13. Kathy Burke says:

    I have made these multiple times, using slightly different methods each time with wonderful results each time! The nibs I bought seemed a little too large, and the only coconut I had was wide-cut strips, so I just tossed everything in the food processor to chop everything a little finer. The texture of the cookies was like an Almond Joy Candy bar! Another time I chopped everything by hand on a cutting board then mixed in the liquid ingredients by hand, and the baked cookies had the texture of a shortbread cookie. Both cookies were absolutely delicious. I am totally hooked on these cookies, and will be making them with homemade almond flour for the first time very soon. I had stopped making my own almond milk due to time constraints, but the prospect of making these cookies (yet again) has now prompted me to make my own almond milk again so that I will have almond pulp at my disposal 🙂

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      WOW! Kathy, I am so happy to hear that they are working well under all kinds of different methods. Thank you for sharing that with us all here! Amazing. 🙂
      I love homemade almond milk so much, but you’re right – sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Sophia

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