This week has been absolute madness. I’m working on a big project at work that has me super stressed. My deadline is coming up and I still have tons of work to do.
I definitely need to figure out how to manage my stress because I haven’t been sleeping well and everything else that is going on in my life seems more daunting because of my high levels of stress!
Working out and cooking or baking are things that help me relax. I especially love baking when I’m stressed because concentrating on following a recipe helps my mind focus on something else.
But baking often means high calorie treats with tons of sugar. I’m really trying to cut down on sugar, so I made these Raw Cashew Cookies. However, these probably don’t count as baking, since they are a no-bake recipe! Oh well.
These cookies are simple, nutty and yummy. Each cookie has under 100 calories and is a perfect sweet treat with an added bonus of protein from the cashews and almond butter.
These are also gluten-free and vegan if you’re into that.
Raw Cashew Cookies
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
2/3 cup dates
3 tbsp. almond butter
pinch of salt
Add cashews to a food processor and grind into a flour. Add the dates, almond butter and salt and process until it sticks together.
Dump contents onto a cutting board or counter lined with parchment paper and shape into a ball with your hands. Roll the dough with a rolling pin until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out with a cookie cutter. You can also just form little balls and flatten with your hand if you want to avoid the cookie cutter process.
They are best served frozen and will keep for about a month in the freezer.
*Recipe from Fig and Fork