SunButter Cookies (Grain & Dairy Free)

I adored peanut butter growing up, especially peanut butter cookies. I loved eating them warm–right out of the oven. Years later in college, I discovered almond butter and then I was really in heaven. I am still crazy about almond butter, but now I have a new favorite nut/seed butter: Sunflower Seed Butter. I’m addicted. I eat it by the spoonful, on top of bananas, on top of homemade bread…Yeah it’s pretty fabulous. It is also a great alternative to peanut butter for anyone that has a peanut allergy or avoids peanuts for health reasons.

These grain-free cookies remind me of the homemade peanut butter cookies I used to gobble up throughout my childhood. Thanks to this new treat, I’ve definitely found a new go-to-cookie. These cookies are jam packed with protein and fiber from almond flour, coconut flour and SunButter. 

1 cup coconut flour
1 cup SunButter (or Sunflower Seed Butter of choice)
1 cup room temperature organic vegetable shortening (I buy mine locally for about $5)
1 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. arrowroot
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add coconut flour, almond flour, sugar and shortening to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in SunButter and eggs and beat for another minute. Place vanilla, arrowroot, baking soda and salt into the bowl and beat for 3 minutes.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet and press down lightly on each cookie with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Makes approximately 24 cookies.

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Sunbutter Smoothie (Vegan)

This rich smoothie has a mere three ingredients in it, yet is rich and creamy. It is a perfect drink after a workout as it is packed with protein and healthy fats. Sunflowers are an excellent source of Vitamin E.

Add to Vitamix:
2 cups Vanilla Almond milk
1 banana
3 tablespoons Sunbutter

Blend for about 1 minute until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy.

If you would like a caffeine kick, you can add 1 tablespoon instant coffee to the smoothie.