Recipe: Paleo Orange and Almond Biscuits

The paleo diet mimics the diet of our caveman ancestors. It is based on a diet of meat, nuts, seafood, vegetables and fruit, and cuts out grains, dairy, and anything processed. I am still undecided on all of the pros and cons of the paleo diet for runners, as carbs are our primary source of fuel (Some nutritionists reccommending a diet made up of 60% carbohydrates for runners). I continue to do a lot of reading on the topic, as it interests me a lot.

At the end of the day, if I am going to eat a cookie (a snack that I do often crave) I would rather choose a home made, gluten free, all natural cookie over a store-bought, preservative filled, sugar and butter empty calorie bomb.

That said, here is my current favourite recipe for Paleo Orange and Almond Cookies.

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You will need…

6-7 fresh medjool dates

6 heaping tablespoons of almond meal

2 eggs

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup shredded coconut

2 drops vanilla essence

Zest of 1 orange

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Flaked almonds, cinnamon and rock salt

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Blend together dates and almond meal until a sticky, doughy texture forms.

Add eggs, honey, shredded coconut, orange zest, vanilla extrac, baking soda and baking powder.

Mix again until it is a doughy consistency.

Spoon out the ‘dough’ and roll into preferred cookie size. Place onto baking tray lined with baking paper. I make mine quite thin, and around 5cm in diameter.

Place flaked/silvered almonds on top of each cookie, and sprinkle with cinnamon and rock salt.

bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

Eat and enjoy.

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