Raw Sugar-free Cinnamon Cookies

I know that title seems like a bit of a joke, or maybe something you’re thinking “there’s simply no way those can taste good.” One day when I brought a batch of these to work, a co-worker sarcastically asked me “are they cookies made of cinnamon and air?” No, I know it seems strange, but I swear by these cookies. They’re healthy and have a great balance of sweet and salty. They’re served chilled and are perfect for hot summer days when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want something too heavy.

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Ingredients:

2 cups almond meal/flour

2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes (skip if you don’t like the coconut flavor)

1 teaspoon China Cassia cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

zest from 1 lemon, juice from 1/2 of the lemon

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (almond flour, coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt and lemon zest). Add the lemon juice, honey and butter, and mix in thoroughly, using your hands at the end to make sure it’s all incorporated together. Using your hands, shape about a tablespoons-worth of dough into a ball (or any shape you want!) and put onto a piece of wax or parchment paper on a plate. (Don’t worry if you don’t have special paper, just put them directly on a plate and be careful when you remove them.) Stick the plate in the freezer for about an hour to set. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer if you want them on the hard side and in the fridge if you’d like them softer. These area great on a hot day, and the lack of sugar and traditional flour makes them easy on your stomach. I love grabbing two of these for breakfast on busy mornings – they’re sweet but healthy and quite filling.