Raw Almond Butter Cookies [Gluten Free]


Do you ever feel like some cookies get all the love? Who is ever going to turn down a chocolate chip cookie for a peanut butter cookie. For having a highly evolved palette (I think), I kind of have basic tastes. I never ate condiments on things growing up. I have always been able to eat the same thing days in a row. I will always choose a chocolate chip cookie over a peanut butter cookie. Sorry.


Although I will usually choose a chocolate chip cookie, these raw almond butter cookies come in a close second.

I remember my mom would bake peanut butter cookies time-to-time when I was growing up. She wasn’t really much of a baker – unless she had a craving for something – but she would make peanut butter cookies. I always loved making the criss-cross pattern in the dough. I would do the same with my grandmother when she would bake cookies for Christmas.


It’s always such a struggle to get these from the food processor to a photo shoot without eating them all.

These cookies are gluten free (obvs), raw, paleo (maybe?) and if you swap out the honey for maple syrup, vegan too. So basically you could eat these if you’re doing the Beyonce Vegan Diet or whatever else is cook and hip this week. Or whatever I should probably be doing to get down to marathon race weight. But I didn’t have any post-long-run ice cream this week. (But I did Monday night post-hike so I guess it cancels out.)


Raw almond butter cookies.

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Raw Almond Butter Cookies [Gluten Free]
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 28 cookies
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Place almonds and dates in food processor and process until almonds are pulverized and begin to combine with dates.
  2. Add almond butter, honey and sea salt. Continue processing until a ball forms.
  3. Place ball in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to harden.
  4. Remove bowl and roll mixture into 1" balls.
  5. Place balls on a plate.
  6. Wet a fork and make a criss-cross pattern to flat balls out. Rewet fork after every second ball or as necessary.
  7. Refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for up to one month.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday options, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
What is your favorite type of cookie? Do you like raw desserts? What cookies did your family bake for you as a child?

24 comments on “Raw Almond Butter Cookies [Gluten Free]

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Tina Muir on April 13, 2015 6:40 am

YUMMMM! Cassie this sounds WONNNDERFUL!!!!! I love making healthier treats, and making them raw while i am trying to be healthy in these final 2 weeks is really helping. I would love if you joined us for meatless monday with these :) I love that they are almond butter, that just makes my heart so happy!
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Brynn on April 13, 2015 7:07 am

Awesome recipe! I adore dates and love using them in everything from smoothies to baked goods…ok, I also just pop them in my mouth because, yum! Definitely making these cookies.
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Heather @Fit n Cookies on April 13, 2015 7:18 am

I mean, passing up a chocolate chip cookies is just uncalled for! Who in the world would do that ;)
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 13, 2015 10:27 am

Chocolate chip cookies >>> peanut butter cookies for me too, but these look yummy!
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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on April 13, 2015 10:42 am

Simple + delicious – my kind of recipe (also, all the cookies please). Noah LOVES pb cookies whereas I’m more of an oatmeal cookie lady.
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Sam @ PancakeWarriors on April 13, 2015 11:37 am

This is my kind or recipe! Love how simple yet how delish these ingredients are!! Thanks for sharing!
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Pragati // Simple Medicine on April 13, 2015 11:51 am

My favorite cookies are chocolate chip, but mostly the part of the cookie without the chocolate chips. And if I had to pick a ready made cookie? Oreos. Can’t get enough of them despite knowing I shouldn’t eat them.
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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate on April 13, 2015 12:19 pm

I have to make these!! I am a sucker for any peanut butter cookie :)
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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on April 13, 2015 1:13 pm

Ohhhhhhh, like! I love nut butter cookies, so these sound awesome.
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Jessie on April 13, 2015 1:25 pm

Although I haven’t been commenting lately, please know I still read your blog. I’ve just been super duper busy. When I saw these cookies though I told myself I have to no matter what tell you how delicious and yummy they sound!! Criss Cross pattern in peanut butter cookies should be a law or something. Just makes them that much better in my mind!
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Sarah on April 13, 2015 1:34 pm

LOVE! They are always simply delicious!! One of my favorites to keep in the freezer in the summer!
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Chris on April 13, 2015 2:04 pm

Cassie. I’ve got a super important question for you. What’s the reason behind making the crisscross pattern on the cookies??

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on April 13, 2015 2:35 pm

I just polished off my snack of almonds and dates – but I like your version of them better! Such a simple recipe – heck – top these with some drizzled chocolate and I don’t think I will pick these over chocolate chip cookies!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on April 13, 2015 3:25 pm

My favourite cookie will always and forever be chocolate chip oatmeal, which also happens to be the one that my mom baked for me when I was growing up. And how freaking amazing is the combination of almonds and dates?!? Versatile, delicious, and perfect in ALL the things.
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ooh those do look healthy and yummy! pinning. Thanks for linking up with us for Meatless Monday today. Have a great day
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Farrah on April 13, 2015 4:34 pm

I love how simple the ingredient list is! If I had a food processor, I’d definitely be making these now! They look so good! *-* Someday…
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on April 13, 2015 4:43 pm

So simple! Let the almonds shine!
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Debbie Rodrigues on April 13, 2015 4:51 pm

Is this for real?!? I am totally getting almonds and dates later this week. I am pinning it to try it later.
Thanks for sharing it!

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Francesca on April 13, 2015 7:25 pm

OMG- perfect recipe. Why do I imagine these would not last a day in our home ;)
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on April 13, 2015 11:51 pm

yess to cookies..and this might be the necessary push to use dates! Growing up, mum made crispy peanut butter cookies or these gross Persian ones which was like edible punishment.
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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on April 14, 2015 1:24 am

Ah yes, we make these criss-cross pb cookies around the holidays in my family too. Love em! And now I want some… but these almond butter cookies look delicious! I just made almond butter date truffles last weekend and ate about half of the almond butter as I was making them. Ha!
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Jo @ Living Mint Green on April 14, 2015 3:27 pm

I wish these were in my face right now! YUM!!!
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Matt on April 14, 2015 8:16 pm

Looks good!

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Whitney on April 16, 2015 9:03 am

I like how how put paleo (?) such stipulations to the paleo diet but from what I know these are paleo haha. Chocolate chip cookies > pb cookies always.. but I love nut butter so these sound really good!! Love raw desserts.
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