Gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free chewy and moist almond butter cookies, with the sweetness of dates and coconut.

Almond coconut cookies (800x600)

I was inspired by a recipe I had seen recently for some maple almond butter cookies, which used only a small amount of sugar, but maple flavored almond butter.  When I looked at the ingredients, I realized they were very similar to what I would normally make as my go-to peanut butter cookies (see here), just with less sugar and almond instead of peanut butter.  And then I remembered that I had a jar of almond butter in the pantry.  And I remembered that I had previously made healthy versions of peanut butter cookies (see here).  And my brain started ticking over.  

Mind you, this was all at 2am in the morning, so I was a little apprehensive to actually try this in practice …!  And in my early morning musings, I thought, what about using coconut and dates instead of chocolate chips, to make these so much healthier.  And even though I wasn’t going to bake cookies this weekend, I just had to try these.  And they were a definite success.  And so I just have to share my experimental recipe with you all!

I’ve made these a number of times since … and the latest version included cranberries instead of dates.  Out of the batch I made, and brought all but 2 into work (they were consumed for scientific purposes by yours truly), they were all gone in 2 hours, with only 3 guys in the room!


Almond coconut cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 250 g 1 cup almond butter
  • 75 g 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 110 g 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 60 g 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 75 g 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 2 tbs flaxseed meal


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare 2 baking pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together well. If the almond butter is difficult to stir, heat in microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Drop as teaspoonfuls onto the parchment paper and bake for 8-9 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool on the trays.
Almond coconut cookies