Almond Joy Cookies

THESE EASY ALMOND JOY COOKIES TAKE JUST FOUR INGREDIENTS AND DON’T EVEN REQUIRE A MIXER! NO BEATING, NO CHILLING, JUST MIX ’EM UP AND THROW ’EM IN THE OVEN EASY!

Sometimes, you come across a recipe that meets a trifecta of requirements: no baking, clean eating, and tastes like dessert. These No-Bake Almond Joy cookies are an essential healthy cookie recipe for every clean eater to have in their arsenal. Since we can’t deprive ourselves of sweet treats for a lifetime, and we’ve committed to a lifetime of clean eating, we need to arm ourselves with healthy, nutritious recipes that are easy enough to keep us away fro storebought treats, and delicious enough to fulfill our cravings when they come on.

These cookies contain only five ingredients and require no baking, so there’s no reason not to whip up a batch! Dates are a perfect addition to any healthy cookie recipe, as they are sweet and chewy, but are highly nutritious as well. Dates contain high amounts of fiber, potassium, and copper, and aid in digestive health, as well as containing anti-inflammatory properties. Their sweet flavor pairs well with nuts and chocolate, both of which you’ll find in these delicious cookie. We combine crushed almonds and almond meal for a crunchy texture and that distinctive almond flavor, as well as a dose of lean protein. Add coconut and chocolate chips for that true almond joy taste!

Makes 48-52 cookies ( 4 points + each)

1 c. butter, softened
1-1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
2 c. flaked, sweetened coconut
1 c. peeled, slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350.
Beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture. Add chocolate chips, coconut and almonds, mixing until a thick dough forms. ( do not overmix)

Using a cookie scoop ( about 2 T.) drop dough onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden. These cookies will firm upon standing, so do not overbake.