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Hello & Welcome! My name is Yvonne and my focus is on looking to live life to the absolute full, whilst maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

I'm are constantly on the look out for innovative or just plain old traditional ways to ensure that we keep bodies and minds in top condition for the, hopefully, long journey ahead.





Almond Butter Oat Cookies (vegan with gluten free option)

Vegan, Cookies, Dairy Free, Afternon Tea, Baking, Dessert, Easy Recipe, Sweet, Biscuits

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I always find myself torn with what to call recipes like these, as I would refer to them as biscuits, being from the UK, so I have would have a nice cup of tea and a biscuit whilst watching Countdown! But I have been told on numerous occasions that they should be referred to as cookies, as "biscuits" in the US are something completely different... they're more savoury style scones!

But whatever you call them, they are really quite lovely as an afternoon snack. Adding dates into your cakes and biscuits not only gives nice fudgey type niblets, but also adds additional sweetness to your baking reducing the need to add more sugar or maple syrup.

You could if you were feeling decadent melt some dark chocolate and dip these cookies in, but I really didn't feel the need to and I make a heck of a mess when coating cookies in chocolate, for some reason it always misses the baked treats and goes right in my mouth, strange that!

Ingredients & Method

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Makes 6 cookies – Ready in 30 minutes

2 tbsp almond butter
3 tbsp maple syrup
¾ cup oats
¼ cup wholegrain flour (for GF use gluten free all purpose flour)
¼ tsp baking soda
8 dates chopped
¼ tsp mixed spice


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) and line a baking sheet with parchment

2. In a mixing bowl cream together the almond butter, maple syrup and mixed spice. Next add in the flour, baking soda, oats and chopped dates and mix this all together. It takes a while for the dough to come together, don’t be tempted to add in any liquid, it will bind together if you keep mixing it together.

3. Separate into 6 balls and using the palm of your hand press down to flatten into cookies. Pop these on the baking tray and in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes until slightly firm to touch. Leave to cool (they will stiffen up when they cool).

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