Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Almond Cookies (in less than fifteen minutes!)

Let’s say you are hosting an impromptu get-together and, being the caring and attentive host/hostess you are, you need to put out a snack, and that half bag of corn chips ain’t going to cut it.

rickihelleralmondcookies May I suggest these cookies? Because they have great texture, flavor, and are just about everyone-friendly (no soy, gluten, dairy) and the best part… start to finish – out of the ovenyou can have them in fifteen minutes!

This genius recipe comes from one of the most creative ladies in the cooking land, Ricki Heller, and can be found in her brand new comprehensive guide to goodies, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free: Allergy Friendly Vegan Desserts.

Ricki is the mastermind behind so many of my favorite recipes (seriously, something cool pops up on Pinterest and lo! it’s from Ricki), so this book with 100 recipes and full color photographs is simply scrumptious.

I’d recommend anyone have a good allergy-friendly cookbook in their library to prevent panic in this day when there’s always someone with some sort of food intolerance, because of biology or ethics. And you can’t go wrong with desserts. Therefore, buy the book.


I need to take a minute to also mention Ricki’s invaluable role, not just as a recipe developer and cooking teacher, but as a genuinely good human being. She’s an animal lover (she’s vegan after all), LOVES dogs and you’ll see “insight” from her pups show up in her work, and she’s just a damn fine human being. Kindness to the core. I love her work, and then I love her work even more because it’s a quality product put out by a quality person. Let’s support nice people. Especially when they are crazy-talented.

On to the recipe!

almond cookie dough

Easiest Almond Cookies by Ricki Heller

  • 2 cups raw, skin-on almonds
  • 1/4 cup finely ground flax seed (from 2 TBSP whole seed)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 TBSP sunflower (or light-tasting) oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 TBSP water, if necessary*

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.

In a food processor, blend almonds, flax, baking soda and salt until you have a very fine meal (like cornmeal consistency), with no large almond pieces.

Add the agave, oil, and extracts, and process again until the mixture holds together and just leaves the side of the bowl. *If it’s too dry, add the water and process again.

Use a Tablespoon to measure out small scoops, then roll into balls with your hands and place them about two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Wet your palms, and press down to flatten to about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway, until the edges are just barely golden brown. Allow to cool completely before removing from the cookie sheets.

ricki heller almond cookies



Ricki’s Facebook Page/Twitter

RickiHeller.com (soooo many recipes!)

Link to BUY the new book!

NEPA BlogCon: Pennsylvania’s Best Ever Blog Conference

It’s still dark on this Saturday morning, and I slipped out of bed, through the tunnel of limbs and paws and comforter, to get ready to head to Wilkes-Barre for the second annual NEPA BlogCon (Northeast Pennsylvania Blog Conference)!

I’ll be presenting along with Christina of It’s a Keeper as part of the marketing track. A week ago we called to chat on the phone about our presentation and talked for over two hours about blogging, writing, online perceptions, what we wish we’d known in the beginning, etc. It was a riot and I CAN’T WAIT for this conference to start!

Bonus! All proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Farms, a no-kill shelter/refuge in Dallas, PA.

People will be live tweeting and tweet-chatting and all sorts of things all day at #NEPABlogCon if you can’t make it but want to internet stalk us in real time!

Coming soon… 

A Vegfest re-cap (with video!), my experience at the Emmy Awards, my solo retreat into the woods, death & grief and how we heal, a somewhat cliché list of favorite Fall things, and saying GOODBYE FOREVER to my 20’s.

Until then, here is a photo of a sweet tiny pig:

jaimek and pig


“So long as you write it away regularly nothing can really hurt you.” 
― Shirley Jackson

xo Jaime K