Recipe: Date Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Date Almond Thumbprint Cookies

…. are divine. Wow. These sweet treats were served up at a recent yoga teacher training session and I fell in love.

This love story comes with a warning, though. It turns out that eating 3 or 4 at once is not advisable. Comprised mainly of spelt flour, almond butter, and dates, these cookies are very nutrient-dense. After one stomachache, I learned my lesson and now only have one (…or two) at a time. I find these are the perfect pick-me-up afternoon snack while I’m at work.

Date Thumbprint Cookies
Date Thumbprint Cookies

Aren’t they cute?!


1 cup dates
2/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup almond butter
¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp Himalayan salt

Cover the dates with the water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and allow to simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and allow to sit covered.

Sift spelt flour, cinnamon and Himalayan salt together in a large mixing bowl.

Melt coconut oil, add maple syrup to coconut oil, and mix into spelt flour.

Add almond butter to warm measuring cup from coconut oil, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then mix in completely.

Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and space at least 1 inch apart on a parchment covered cookie pan. Indent each cookie with your thumb. Scoop a small amount of date mixture into each cookie indentation.

Bake at 350C for 12-15 minutes and remove from oven. The cookies may still feel quite soft. No worries – they’ll harden as they cool.

The mixture will easily make ~15 servings (240 calories per serving),

BUT I recently made them again and made them a lot smaller… about 30 cookies per batch. I’d recommend making them smaller (~25 – 30 per batch), as they’re pretty heavy and rich.



New Paths, New Thoughts

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

By Wilfred Arlan Peterson

(Frequently misattributed to Henry David Thoreau, as I discovered here.)

Fresh Tunes from BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge

I’ve been craving new music lately. I get into a rut where I listen to the same music over and over again. Maybe not a rut, as it’s usually because I’ve found something I love, but it gets a bit stale after a while.

This week, I have been loving BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge covers. Truly – I have a playlist lined up, on repeat. I thought I would kick off this Thursday morning with some new tunes to help us all make it to the long weekend (in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving weekend!).

Here are some of my current favourites:

Taylor Swift’s cover of “Riptide” by Vance Joy
(Just recorded this morning!)


Ben Howard’s cover of “Hideaway” by Kiesza

Labrith’s cover of “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

These aren’t Live Lounge covers, but I am also obsessed with:

Take Me To Church by Hozier

Child of the Valley by The Wooden Sky

What new music have you been loving lately?