Flourless Maple Cashew Cookies

So this weekend, I rocked a 10k race!!!!!!!!

I was a part of the run at our local zoo, and I’ve been training for this all year — it was my goal race of the year, and I am so proud to say I did it! The course was supremely hilly (as I found out when I did my first 5k there last year), so I’ve been doing hill training, which REALLY helped!

I started out apprehensively… there was a time-cutoff at the 6k mark. And if you were too slow, they’d send you home. AND… it was right around my usual time for 6k. So I knew I had to hustle.

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So off I went, confidently running just-faster than my usual pace, facing the hills, and doing my best at run/walking all the way to the 6k cutoff. AND I DID IT!!!!! Not only did I make it, but I made it with a few minutes to spare, although I did see the race official standing there with a stopwatch and a clipboard. AHHH!

Then I had no worries about completing the final 4k, so I enjoyed the rest of it — gorgeous trees starting to turn colours for fall, running past slightly-confused zoo animals (including the cutest Arctic fox!!!), learning that flamingos pee on themselves to cool down, and checking my GPS watch much-less-obsessively.

My favourite moment was shortly after the 6k mark, where I ran past a crowd. As I was running on my own, they all cheered for me! And as my race bib had my name on it, they were cheering my name for me!!! It was such an amazing experience — I’m used to people clapping for my opera performances, but never for my running!!!!  What a hoot!

And Mr. KitchenOperas came to support me as my chauffeur and personal cheering squad. He parked himself just where I needed him (TWICE!) — once with my favourite animals: the llamas, shortly after that 6k stress-mark!

All in all it was a great day, and I am now trying to figure out my running plans for the next year.

AND, my medal has a zebra on it:

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With all the running, I’ve been trying to plot treats that are more protein-filled, which ties in nicely to this week’s theme for Vegan MoFoTreats & Snacks for Fuelling Your Body!

I am a cookie fanatic, and keep seeing recipes all over the internet for flourless peanut butter cookies (like these ones!) but they use honey and eggs, so I thought I’d try a vegan version!

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We don’t keep peanut butter in the house (as my sister has a peanut allergy), so I used cashew butter, which I had on hand. Mmmm.  I think any nut butter would work well in this recipe.

I was intrigued to discover what the final texture would be, without using any flour, and I was pleasantly surprised — they’re like a peanut butter cookie.  And they’re really delicious warm.

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When you mix together the batter, you’ll have quite a soft consistency — this is normal:

Flourless Maple Cashew Cookies | kitchenoperas.com

They bake up into soft, puffy pillows of cashew and maple goodness. Next time I’m adding chocolate chips.

Flourless Maple Cashew Cookies | kitchenoperas.com

Flourless Maple Cashew Cookies
Makes 12 cookies

  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (use a grain-free baking powder to keep these cookies grain-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix together a “flax egg”: In a bowl, whisk together ground flax and water.  Set aside for 15 minutes, this mixture will gel up.

In a separate bowl, stir together all ingredients with a spatula (cashew butter, maple syrup, baking powder, salt, and “flax egg”).

Drop by heaping tablespoon (or ice cream scoop) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, until the cookies are quite firm and begin to go golden-brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.  Enjoy warm!

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Categories: Dessert, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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10 Comments on “Flourless Maple Cashew Cookies”

  1. September 22, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Yum! These look great – I love cashew butter. Congrats on the race!

    • September 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Thanks!!!

      These are like a cashew-butter-explosion in your mouth. So good!

  2. Peas & Compassion
    September 22, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    First off, congratulations on the 10K! I’ve been training for one and hopefully will have a chance to run in early next year.

    Second, those cookies look awesome, I can’t even tell they’re flourless! I love everything about this recipe, especially the use of maple syrup. I have to wonder how this would work with sunflower seed butter, too, as that’s my latest obsession.

    • September 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Good luck for your 10k! I found that signing up early kept me really motivated to keep training 🙂

      Try the sunflower seed butter out, and let me know how it goes! I would keep the proportions the same, and they should be GREAT. You may just need to adjust your baking time. Keep an eye on them in the oven.

  3. September 24, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    As soon as I read this one, I knew I *had* to try baking them. Except I only had about 2/3 cup of cashew butter left in our fridge (thanks to a certain hungry husband of mine). So I had to top it up with 1/3 cup of peanut butter. Used flax meal instead of grinding flax seeds. They still came out with that burst of cashew flavour that’s clearly the greatest part of these cookies – and it was so quick and easy to whip up!

    Got about 9 cookies in all (you said “heaping tablespoons”, right? 😉 ). 8 went to a family we’re friends with who have 3 kids (one a newborn) as part of a care package.

    DH’s response to eating part of the one I broke, “So…..you’re making more of these soon, right?”

    WINNER!

    • September 24, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      So glad that these worked out for you, and that they got the husband seal of approval!!!!

      😀

  4. Rachel
    September 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I’ve never heard of a 10K race with a cut-off partway through like that! Is that common? And congratulations for making it before the cut-off. 🙂

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      It’s not very common, but they had to clear that part of the course because it overlapped with the 5k course, that was starting later.

      And thanks for the congratulations!

  5. October 1, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    YUM! What a great idea! These sound so good! And congrats on the race! The Toronto Zoo is pretty rad — running through it is even more awesome. Making these ASAP.

    • October 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      Let me know how they turn out — and thanks!!!!!

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