This Rosemary Pecan Cookie recipe makes an extra special, sweet and savory cookie. It’s also vegan and gluten free, but even your non-vegan, gluten-eating friends will adore this cookie. What makes this cookie special is fresh Rosemary. I love to incorporate herbs in baked goods. They impart unique flavors and added health benefits. Here, Rosemary evokes a savory complexity.

I’ve been focusing all month on herbs like Rosemary that support brain health. These herbs are called nootropics. If you’re curious, this recent post, 5 Herbs to Remember is all about nootropics.  In addition to its effects on brain function, Rosemary, a common culinary herb, also promotes circulation and can be used to ease gas and bloating in the digestive tract.

When it comes to brain health, the Coconut Oil in this recipe is an added benefit. Though more research remains to be done, this article from Alzheimers.net describes the many health benefits of Coconut Oil,  including the positive effects on people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. As an herbalist I can’t help looking at the health benefits (or lack thereof) of every recipe. But–many of you came here for this delicious cookie recipe not for a treatise on brain health. So, let’s get to that cookie! 

Rosemary Pecan Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tblsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix almond flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix. Fold in rosemary and pecans. Form dough into 1 inch balls and press onto baking sheet. Bake for 6-7 minutes. Cool on baking sheet. Enjoy with your favorite herbal tea.

Makes 10-12 Cookies

These healthy cookies are a serious crowd pleaser. If you’re not a fan of Rosemary, substitute dried Lavender flowers for a complex floral note. Lavender too makes a delicious cookie. If you have questions, be sure to leave a comment below.

wishing you health and happiness,

suzanne

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