These almond love bite cookies make the perfect healthy holiday sweet treat. You can leave them on the counter during a party and they will disappear in no time—no guilt necessary.

The base of these delicious treats is pure almonds with a touch of maple syrup to add a little sweetness. The spices included in this recipe add plenty of flavor and a digestive boost.

Not only are these cookies satiating and nourishing, but they also reduce the vata dosha and have a neutral effect on pitta. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these sweet treats can increase kapha in excess, so make sure to eat them in moderation.

Almond Love Bite Cookies

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Serves: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal (sold as almond meal/flour, or grind your own in a food processor)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or ghee

Optional:

  • ¼ teaspoon ground vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • 2. In a large bowl, mix the almond meal, maple syrup, and spices. Add the water a little at a time to moisten the dough, using less or more as needed.
  • 3. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil or ghee. If your oil or ghee has solidified, put it in the center of the cooking sheet and pop it into the oven for a minute or so. Pull it out and use a paper towel to spread the oil.
  • 4. Roll the batter into teaspoon-sized balls and arrange them on the cookie sheet.
  • 5. Bake for 20-30 minutes (keep your eye on them). Pull them out of the oven when the edges are lightly browned.
  • 6. Let them cool for a few minutes, then remove carefully with a spatula and place on a plate. Allow them to completely cool before serving.

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Adapted from Amadea Morningstar’s Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners.