School was out and it was pouring outside. What would be a better time than this to bake cookies? Angela and I decided to adapt our recipe from skinnytaste’s Easy 5-Ingredient Nutella Almond Butter Cookies.
We took the liberty of making ours a little healthier than the original. And they were quite delicious, especially when they were still a little warm and soft. Since they were grain free, sugar free cookies, we packed a few to send to Peter’s mother, who is diabetic.
As the girls and I relaxed by the fireplace eating our warm cookies with milk, I thought to myself if this isn’t nice, what is?
There is a book called If This Isn’t Nice, What is, which collected nine graduation speeches that Kurt Vonnegut delivered in nine different colleges between 1978 and 2004. One paragraph from which the book borrowed its title reads like this, “One of the things [Uncle Alex] found objectionable about human beings was that they so rarely noticed it when they were happy. He himself did his best to acknowledge it when times were sweet. We could be drinking lemonade in the shade of an apple tree in the summertime, and Uncle Alex would interrupt the conversation to say, ‘If this isn’t nice, what is?’ So I hope that you will do the same for the rest of your lives. When things are going sweetly and peacefully, please pause a moment, and then say out loud, ‘If this isn’t nice, what is?’”
Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Cookies Ingredients:
1 cup organic crunchy almond butter
1/2 cup xylitol (see note below)
1/4 cup 100% unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre heat oven at 350F and bake the cookes for 8-10 minutes on a baking dish lined with parchment paper. This recipe makes 16 to 18 cookies.
In case you’re wondering, xylitol is a sweetener that is naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t raise blood sugar since it’s a sugar alcohol. Also, it’s good for your teeth and recommended by many dentists! Unlike aspartame, saccharine, or sucralose, xylitol has not been shown to increase risk for obesity, diabetes, or other metabolic disorders. We usually use Xyla brand xylitol since it’s made from hardwood instead of GMO corn. If you don’t have xylitol or don’t want to use it, you can use an equivalent amount of some other sweetener. We definitely recommend xylitol, though, since it tastes and feels just like sugar but is not unhealthy.