The smell of cinnamon coming from the oven…

and a warm mug of Javazen in my hands.  Sounds like the perfect happy, healthy and hot winter afternoon!

If you’re wondering what’s in the oven, it’s snickerdoodles, made with a recipe that I just came up with.

I ❤️  beanies.  And cookies.  And coffee.

These aren’t just any snickerdoodle.  They are grain free, dairy free and high in protein.  They still contain sugar (coconut palm sugar to be exact) so you don’t want to go crazy on them.  I would qualify these as a primal and paleo-friendly treat.

I based this recipe on a recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies that I cut out of the newspaper years ago.  Boy, that takes me back in time…now everything is right on my phone!  A few tweaks here, a few tweaks there, and I had the perfect snickerdoodle.

Here’s what I used:

The base of the batter is cashew butter.  This has a naturally sweet, almost dough-like taste and is full of protein and healthy fats.  I love to have cashew butter as a snack with apple slices.  You could substitute any other nut butter, although I would not suggest peanut butter.  The flavor stands out too much for this particular recipe.

Like most cookies, these snickerdoodles contain eggs.  Whenever possible use pastured eggs.  They are higher in many nutrients, including choline and omega 3 fatty acids, and are a great source of protein.  And they come from happy chickens!

Coconut palm sugar is used to sweeten these.  It is less glycemic than regular white cane sugar.  It also has a different flavor, similar to brown sugar, that works really well in these cookies.

A little bit of coconut flour is used to bind everything together.  This keeps the cookies not just gluten free but grain free.  Going grain free was a big factor in clearing up my chronic skin issues, so it’s something I am very committed to.  With coconut flour a little bit goes a very long way.  It cannot be substituted for regular flour in baking.

Of course there is cinnamon involved.  For spices that I use frequently I always buy organic.  Cinnamon may help stabilize blood sugar, and like most spices is high in antioxidants.

The only other ingredient is baking soda.  Nothing crazy…I just used good old Arm & Hammer.

So here’s the official recipe:

happy, healthy and hot snickerdoodles

1 cup cashew butter 

2 eggs

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

2 tablespoons coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon cinnamon

This is too easy!  Dump the cashew butter in a medium size bowl, add the eggs and 1/2 cup of the coconut palm sugar and stir with a big spoon until well combined.  Add the coconut flour and baking powder, and mix in thoroughly.  Cover and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.  It could stay in there for several days if you wanted.  The dough will firm up a little bit from the cold, and also because the coconut flour absorbs some moisture.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar and the cinnamon.  Set aside.

When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350.  Take the dough out of the fridge and roll with your hands (washed, of course!) into balls.  Depending on the consistency of the cashew butter the dough could still be really soft.  Don’t worry!  I made about twelve dough balls that were pretty big.  Roll each ball in the cinnamon sugar, place on cookie sheet, and gently flatten with your hand. Bake for 10 minutes.  Your entire house will smell amazing.  The cookies will taste even better!


Now, brew yourself a nice cup of Javazen to go along with those cookies.  What?!  You don’t know what Javazen is?  It’s the perfect blend of coffee, tea and superfoods.  Balance, a blend of organic coffee, matcha and cacao is my fave.  Awesome afternoon pick me up!

Now remember, while these cookies are higher in protein and nutrients than most cookies, they are still a cookie.  Don’t eat the whole pan!  But with the protein and good fats from the cashew butter and eggs you should feel pretty satiated, with no sugar rush and crash.

Can an afternoon snack of snickerdoodles and Javazen help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Absolutely, if you follow this recipe!

The smell of cinnamon permeating the house, and the delicious combo of cookies and coffee will make you very happy.  I switched out traditional white flour and sugar to make a grain free cookie full of protein and healthy ingredients, and the Javazen contains great ingredients like teas and superfoods that are loaded with antioxidants.  The protein, healthy fats and antioxidants support gorgeous skin and can help you maintain a healthy weight.  You will be hot indeed!


Organic Cinnamon

Coconut Flour

Coconut Palm Sugar

Javazen (try a free sample of all three varieties!)


10 thoughts on “The smell of cinnamon coming from the oven…

  1. Thanks so much for this recipe! I *love* cashew butter (I choose it over almond butter every time) and I have all of the ingredients, thanks to making some vegan/Paleo shortbread for a holiday party specifically for a colleague who is vegan. Although I’m in the middle of a Whole 30, I plan to make these after it’s over because I do miss a non-fruit sweet treat and do not want to be tempted to fall back into candy or regular cookies!

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    1. Pat, that is awesome you are doing a Whole30. Just heard from a friend last night who is doing one and she is amazed at how great vegetables taste to her. I’d love to hear how you feel at the end. I really loved doing it and I’m sure I will again at some point. But these cookies will be great to make when you are done, especially if you want a healthy treat to share with people!


    1. Thanks Lindsey! Not everything I make turns out so pretty….just made egg muffins the other day and some of them looked horrible! But they tasted great so I’ll be posting them anyway. And thanks for the beanie complement…they are the perfect solution to messy hair, dark roots, and cold weather!

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  2. These look good. Another one who loves cashew butter (and cinnamon). Just getting over a nasty cold atm, but when my appetite comes back, I’m going to get some coconut palm sugar and try it. I think my girls might love these too.

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  3. Yes Tanya, I LOVE cashew butter. I can totally just eat it off the spoon. It really has a sweet taste w/out any sugar added. And can’t get enough cinnamon, especially in the winter. Hope you are feeling better soon. I know there’s a lot going around here too!


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