Gluten/Grain Free Macadamia Cookies

About to go into the oven

Ingredients:
1 cup raw Macadamia nuts
3 TBS sugar
2 large egg whites
a pinch of salt (If you are using salted macadamias, skip the salt)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Garnish:
Sliced hazelnuts (or almonds or macadamias)
dried or fresh berries
preserves
cinnamon

Equipment: Silpat or parchment, not wax or foil (because you really don’t want to struggle to get this piece of heaven off it. An absolute must!). OPTIONAL Equipment: Piping bag and tip of your choice.

Method:
1. Preheat to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
2. Pulse nuts and sugar in a food processor or blender until finely ground. Scrape into a large bowl.
3. Beat egg whites and salt in another large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
4. Using a silicone spatula, fold the egg whites into the nut mixture. Add vanilla and gently but thoroughly mix until combined.
5. Use a 1/2-1 TBS sized scooper instead of the piping bag for less mess and faster prep time. OR Transfer the mixture to a disposable piping bag and snip off the tip. Pipe the batter on the Silpat, making sure to keep a uniform size under 1 inch in diameter, as well as maintaining a finger’s distance between cookies.
6. Tap the baking sheet a few times on the counter, this will help spread the cookie and give a flat cookie with a good snap.
7. Sprinkle the cookie batter with optional garnish.
8. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake until golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Switch the pans back to front. Keep an eye on it; it goes from golden brown to brown very quickly, given the tiny size.
9. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Gently transfer the buttery cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
10. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. But I bet it won’t last that long.

Cooling out

2 thoughts on “Gluten/Grain Free Macadamia Cookies”

  • Hi, Malika!

    Love your results and I truly believe in the method you’re using to achieve your awesome physique. Is a cheat day necessary when eating high fat, moderate protein, low carb? I stick to a primal diet and am beginning to employ a lot less excercise (former P90Xer + 1 time mini marathon runner with negative results). I have had an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to following a nutrition/fitness regimine and need to know is cheating is profitable? If so, how do you use it effectively?

    • Great question Shannon! It depends what you consider necessary, really. Are you willing to commit to never eating sweet things like fruit, honey, starches and baked goods again in your life? If they answer is yes, then go without treat days. If you might actually want to enjoy pineapple, cherries, water melon or maybe a grain free muffin allowing your self a treat day is for you. In the personal experience of those of us who stick with the treat day strategy we found body fat loss was faster as well.

      WOW, we have a few things in common… All-or-nothing should have been my middle name. Gets me into to trouble but keeps me quickly learning and improving my fitness/health!

      I did the doubles, which version of p90x did you do?

      ~Malika
      P.S. Thank you for your complements :0). Are we connected on fb? http://www.facebook.com/fitrichwoman

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