Swoon-worthy buckwheat almond shortbread cookies are equal parts treat and energy snack! Made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and coconut, they are vegan, gluten-free & low in sugar.
Bake a Batch of Power Cookies
I love my afternoon cup of tea; its a long-standing family tradition to stop everything and savor a cup…or two…or three. Part of the love is that “tea time” is also code for “let’s eat cookies.” The anticipation of tea + cookies makes every afternoon brighter.
But since I am also both a fitness instructor and fitness enthusiast, I need cookies that do double duty as treat and power snack, especially on the days I teach evening spin classes or head out for a run with my running group.
That’s why I created these wholesome lovelies: Buckwheat Almond Shortbread Cookies.
In place of traditional cookie ingredients–white flour, white sugar, butter, and eggs–these cookies are packed with nutrient-dense superfoods, including the following:
- Buckwheat flour
- Almond flour (or almond meal)
- Unsweetened coconut
- Virgin coconut oil
- Coconut palm sugar (an unrefined sugar)
What are the Health Benefits of Buckwheat Flour?
It’s likely that you already know some, or many of the health benefits of almond flour (rich in healthy fat, notably vitamin E, low in carbohydrates, high in protein, a good source of fiber, and rich in a variety of micronutrients). Baking with almond flour is pretty dreamy, too; it has a natural sweetness and produces delectable sweet and savory options.
Chances are, buckwheat flour is a less familiar ingredient. Let’s start to change that, right here, right now!
Buckwheat flour is simply ground buckwheat groats, and, like almond flour, it is packed with nutrition. Notably, it is:
- Gluten-free (despite the name, it is related to rhubarb, not wheat)
- Very high in fiber
- An excellent source of low glycemic index carbohydrates (i.e., no blood sugar spikes)
- High in protein (contains all of the essential amino acids)
- High in minerals and antioxidants (including copper, manganese, phosphorous, iron, & magnesium)
What is the Flavor of Buckwheat Flour?
Buckwheat flour adds earthy, nutty flavor to baked goods (yes, please :). If you are used to all-purpose flour, it can be a little bit strong, or even faintly bitter. That is more likely the case with recipes that use buckwheat flour as the only flour.
In this recipe, I’ve combined the buckwheat flour with almond flour and ground coconut flakes, both of which have a faint sweetness that balances the buckwheat flour in toasty, nutty harmony.
These cookies are not traditional “shortbread” by any means, but they will remind you of a wholemeal shortbread in both taste and texture.
Moreover, these untraditional shortbread are unqualified power food, so be sure to grab one for pre- or post-workout fuel (tea, or no tea!)