Who Doesn’t Love Fresh,Tart Desserts?
Besides the fact that this recipe is simple to prepare, I also enjoy it because I’m such a huge fan of using lemons in general. They just add so much great flavor to such a huge amount of paleo recipes. Lemons are great for making everything from chicken dishes, to lemon bars, and of course, homemade lemonade. And the best part is? They’re also incredibly good for you as well. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is also less commonly known as ascorbic acid. Many people are surprised to learn that vitamin C is actually quite a potent antioxidant that helps protect your cells against the oxidative damage caused by harmful free radicals. (1) Not to mention how useful it is for boosting your immune system as well.
Lemons, A Great Addition to the Paleo Lifestyle
Lemons have also demonstrated a remarkable ability to help lower blood pressure when consumed on a regular basis along with a moderate amount of daily walking. (2) As you can see, there’s all kinds of great reasons to include more lemons in your diet, especially considering one of the primary goals of living a paleo lifestyle is to improve your overall health. And what better way to get all of the great health benefits offered by lemons than by enjoying some delicious lemon cookies?
The other ingredients used in this recipe are no slouch when it comes to the health department either. The almond flour adds a nice amount of dietary fiber and healthy fats to the cookies. Meanwhile, the maple syrup adds a perfect amount of natural sweetness to the mix while also boosting the antioxidant content even further.
That’s the real beauty of this lemon cookie recipe. On the surface, it’s incredibly simple to make these cookies. Yet all of the ingredients combine to make lemon cookies that don’t just taste delicious; they also provide you with a wide range of terrific health benefits as well. It checks off all of the boxes I look for when making a tasty paleo treat — easy to make and tastes great, all the while staying incredibly healthy and paleo-friendly.
P.S. – Considering how much I love using lemon, I felt that I should share a few more of my personal favorite paleo recipes that put lemons to perfect use. I’m positive that you’ll also love the following recipe ideas. There’s a good mix of delicious baked goods as well as paleo dinner options:
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup finely shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a bowl combine the almond flour, finely shredded coconut and baking soda.
- Add the rest of ingredients and mix to combine.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Roll tablespoons of dough into balls.
- Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- Cool completely and serve.
More Good Lemon Cookie Recipes
Italian Lemon Cookies
These lemon cookies are light, fluffy, and have just the right tang of lemon. Coconut flour is the main base for these cookies, and if the dough seems too dry when mixed together in the bowl, add more coconut milk to dampen. The cookies may also be rolled out and used with cookie cutters. The quick icing adds a bright and tart flavor to top the cookies.
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Juice from 1 lemon
For the icing:
1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
Zest of 1 lemon
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix together until completely combined.
2. Using your hands, roll about a tablespoon of the dough into small balls and place on the baking sheet. After all of the balls are formed, press down on each ball to form a flat cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Place on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before icing.
3. Combine the icing ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Spread onto the cookies and serve.