Orange and Sesame Seed Cookies

I love coffee dates. Unfortunately though, I have an insanely large sweet tooth so going out for coffee means intensely craving a sugary something to go along with my drink. Unfortunately again, most cafes don’t provide sweet options that are even slightly healthy. “But Anisa, there is no such thing as a sweet that’s healthy” I hear you say? Wrong! These little cookies are so sweet, so delicious and SO good for you. They’re also naturally free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy! Plus, they’re the perfect size to stick in your purse/man-bag/jean pocket (preferably front pocket than back – so you don’t accidently sit on them of course, but then again, a front pocket could also be problematic…). Anywho, I don’t care if you’re not supposed to bring your own food into a cafe etc etc- these cookies are sho shmall; no one will see!

PS this recipe is quite adaptable so feel free to substitute the oranges for lemons (if that’s your kind of thing) and the peanut butter can be substituted for almond butter if that’s all you’ve got in your pantry.

1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
juice of half an orange
zest of two oranges
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
sesame seeds for decorating

Preheat the oven to 180oc.

In a food processor, blend all of the ingredients together until a dough-like mixture is formed.

Using your hands form little balls and place them 1cm apart onto a lined oven tray.

Using a fork, gently flatten down each cookie then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden on the outside.

Leave to cool completely.

Enjoy with a cup of your favourite hot beve!

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