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Healthier Almond Chocolate Cookies!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Tastemakers, Blue Diamond Almonds supplied me with a 6oz can of Honey Roasted Vanilla and a 6oz can of Honey Roasted Chipotle almonds. As always all opinions are my own.

BLUEDIAMOND HONEY VANILLA ALMOND COOKIES

So, I buy things off of Craigslist…
Ever so often, I even sell things on it…

Yes, I have been warned over and over again about the “Craigslist Killer”…
Maybe I am hard-headed or just plain loony, but…I have been horrible at heeding those warnings…

almond cookies

To date though, I have met some immensely interesting people through my buying and selling expeditions…

There was the college student who I sold a table to in a parking lot with a cop two cars down; who I found out was so incredibly independent and money savvy that she bought one piece of furniture for less than $20 with her weekly paycheck. I couldn’t help but feel lucky to happen to have a folding chair in my car to include with her table when she told me that the table was her second furniture purchase – to keep her air mattress company.

Then there was the couple who I bought a puppy training crate from who stood around and gave me all sorts of advice and tips that had worked with their Husky when they first got him. The crate was $30, but their advice was priceless!

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But, yesterday – I met my most interesting Craiglist person of them all!
Before I spoke to her, I did what I always do and bargained down the purchase price of the recliner that had been advertised, but when I met her, I felt bad I had done so! She sat me down and cheerily talked and talked…she told me her life story…how she followed her daughter and grandson and granddaughter from Indiana to California to Atlanta and that she was selling a lot of her stuff so she could join them in NYC, she told me about her good memories and her sad ones.

And, when I was beginning to think that she must be in her late 40’s and so young to have gone through so much, she told me that she was 67!!! When I got up to leave with the recliner, she told me to bring my vehicle down her driveway and before I could run in to pick up that recliner, this 67 year old lady had it hoisted up right outside the door; She, then, (with just a tad bit of help from me) had that recliner in the back of my car in minutes!

almond and clove gluten free cookies

I am always amazed and inspired by the people God puts in my life – I was fortunate to have met this amazing lady. While we all have different ideas of success and fulfillment, hers was to never stop serving her daughter and grandkids. Her cheerfulness and can-do attitude helped change my rather dismal mood from last week.

These cookies had much the same effect on my dismal mood as this wonderful nameless lady did…

almond cookies inside

These 6 ingredient cookies are gluten free – with a hint of cloves that enhanced the honey roasted vanilla almonds I used (which are one of Blue Diamond Almond’s newest flavors). These cookies have only 3 spoons of sugar (but if you like a sweeter cookie, please add a spoon or two more), as the chocolate topping adds another level of sweetness to these beauts!

Healthier Almond Chocolate Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz can of Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds Minus 6 to 8 almonds reserved for decoration, ground up in a blender - almost to the point of it turning to almond butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup dark or semi sweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix ground up almonds, baking powder, rice flour, sugar, egg and cloves
  3. Form into balls, flatten and place on parchment lined baking tray
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool
  5. Meanwhile melt chocolate over a pan with boiling water or in the microwave (checking every 35 seconds)
  6. Top cookies with chocolate and ground up almonds for decoration and extra crunch

Did you make this recipe?

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I have been seeing Blue Diamond Almonds honey roasted flavors showing up on more and more grocery store shelves – so please pick yourselves up a can or two – even if you don’t make these cookies or yesterday’s chipote almond hummus, they are delicious to nosh on!

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Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

Thursday 18th of September 2014

These cookies look delightful! It was fun to read about all the different people you've met on Craigslist. We use Craigslist mostly to rent our properties but you definitely meet some interesting people!! I love the overload of almonds in these cookies! Pinned

foodrecipeshq

Friday 29th of August 2014

Three spoons of sugar are more than enough for me! I love when you can taste all the ingredients and the sugar is not overwhelming. A very yummy and "balanced" recipe!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Sunday 24th of August 2014

I love meeting new people! I think you are playing it safe by meeting Craigslist buyers/sellers in a public place. I've done a few transactions on there and the exchanges were in a public place or at my house while my boyfriend was there.

Great recipe, Shashi. Love that they are GF!

Shashi

Monday 25th of August 2014

Julie, my sis used to live in NYC and she said that there used to be "Craigslist friend parties" there! Speak about meeting new people! :) Thanks so much btw.

Kelly

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Love finding things on craigslist but I've never met any as interesting as the ones you've met. These cookies are definitely peaking my interest though! They look gorgeous lady! That melty chocolate is totally calling my name and I love that you grind down the almonds here - sounds deee-licious!

Shashi

Monday 25th of August 2014

I have gotten some AH-MAZING deals thru Craiglist! BTW - Thanks so much Kelly!

Juliana

Thursday 21st of August 2014

Great recipe for gluten free cookies, almond and chocolate cannot go wrong...yum! Hope you are having a fun week Shashi :D

Shashi

Monday 25th of August 2014

Thanks so much Juliana :)