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Paleo Chinese Almond Cookies

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Chinese almond cookies, also called almond biscuits or almond cakes, are made from almond flour with an almond in the middle on top of the cookies. Commonly found in Chinese bakeries in Hong Kong, Macau and China, as well as in Chinese bakeries or even Asian groceries stores all over the world. It is believed that Chinese almond cookies are an adaptation from Chinese walnut cookies. These almond cookies are typically relished during Chinese New Year or given as gifts to family and friends celebrating the festive seasons as they are supposed to bring good luck. For my gluten free recipe, I am using almond meal, desiccated coconut and Chinese dried almonds for the almond cookies. This recipe is gluten free, paleo, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy free, egg free, corn free and soy free.

Chinese almond cookies

The health benefits of almond has been well recognised for many centuries, in traditional Chinese medicine, almonds are used as anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Almonds are an excellent source of biotin (vitamin B7 or vitamin H), L-carnitine and vitamin E. They are also a good source of manganese, copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), phosphorus, magnesium, fiber and molybdenum (a key mineral nutrient).

Possible health benefits related to consumption of almonds comprise of lowering of bad cholesterol, may reduce the risk of colon cancer and cardiovascular diseases, may help build strong teeth and bones, may aid in weight loss, help lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin levels after each meal and may promote a healthy central nervous system and may prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Gluten Free Chinese Almond Biscuits

GF Chinese Almond Cookies

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  1. Alexander
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    they’re so cute! nice photographs.

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and for your nice comments :)

  2. Kacie Morgan
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    These sound delicious. They would be a tasty alternative to the traditional Chrismas pudding or fruit cake in my household.

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. Yes, these cookies are indeed a healthier alternative to all the traditional Christmas desserts. Enjoy :)

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