Grain-Free Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

For yesterday’s dinner, I had an awesome picnic in mind, but the rain had another idea. So hot bar inside it was. 


Noodle has the hot bar routine down pat. We walk around and pick our eats, grab a drink (either water or a fresh juice) and then she looks up at me and says, “Macaron? Macaron please?”


and we head over to the macarons. It’s a recent thing at our Whole Foods and they’re positively lovely. I almost feel bad eating them because they’re so pretty, but then… I don’t πŸ˜‰ 

Another recent sweet treat?

These cookies!

fig butter thumbprint cookies

I wanted to play with my grain-free cookie recipe, and saw this jar of fig jam in the pantry. My mind instantly flashing to childhood, eating the thumbprint cookies out of the package. They were always a favorite, and I still think jam is a fabulous addition to baked goodies.

Fig jam thumbprints it was.

Fig Jam Thumbprint Cookies

No-Bake Fig Jam Thumbprint Cookies

For the dough, I used this recipe (minus the chocolate), shaped into cookies and placed in the fridge to harden. Next, using the back of a small spoon, I made little jam reservoirs in each cookie.

no-bake cookies

Filled with a little fig jam, and boom! Thumbprint cookies.

Pretty cute.

fig jam thumbprint cookies

The perfect size for little hands, or to enjoy with a cup a coffee.

It’s teaching time for this girl! This week is dance week at work, and even though I’ve only been teaching at the resort for 2 1/2 years, it’s fun to think about all of the different dance weeks and what was going on during each one. For my first dance week ever, I had JUST found out I was pregnant (I was pregnant when I started teaching there and had no idea, which could explain why the fatigue killed me); we had a dance week when I was 37 or so weeks pregnant (and Kyle had an emergency route planned in case I went into labor booty-popping on stage); one when I was just returning from maternity leave; and now, with the release of our DVD on the horizon. 

It’s a pretty easy teaching day for me (at least as of right now!) and I have a track workout planned for later today. <— more info on that in tomorrow’s post πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed the new sneaks allow it…

See ya later today with a Family post + video.



Something to read:

An article for fellow introverts 

The destructive lifestyle of an 80s model 

Stretches to relieve a sore neck

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  1. Lucie on August 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Figjam? Raw cookies?? That’s SO my taste!! I am obsessed with raw desserts recently. Now I just need to get that figjam!
    Happy teaching!

  2. RachelG on August 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I cannot wait for my copy of DVD to arrive! I really hope there’s a lot of booty popping in it…sometimes in my Zumba classes I get a little carried away when we “pop” and keep dancing after the song ends. My wonderful instructor calls these moments “unexpected solos”. LOL! πŸ™‚

  3. Lisa on August 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’m so happy to see a vegan cookie! Since eliminating dairy and eggs from my diet, I’ve seen so many paleo cookies with tons of eggs which makes me sad πŸ˜‰
    These look so tasty. I always was a fan of the little jam inside the cookie when I was younger and not an actual cookie fan, odd.

  4. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on August 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The hot bar there is amazing! Their mac and cheese is to die for :D. Those cookies look scrumptious as well!

  5. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on August 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

    These look delicious! Dried figs are one of my favorite dried fruits, so I’m sure I’d love the cookies with fig jam. And Livi knows what she’s doing at Whole Foods. I would totally be asking to get some macarons too πŸ˜‰

  6. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on August 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I am doing these neck stretches as we “speak” … I ALWAYS have a sore neck! Thanks πŸ˜‰ And I’m also an introvert, so I’ve been loving all of these introvert articles lately … like this one:

  7. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on August 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I love any type of cookie with jams in them. I love the double sweetness factor.

  8. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on August 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Mmmmm fig jam sounds superb! I love dried figs so I’m sure I’d love that too!

  9. Caitie @ twentytwofit on August 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Those macarons look delicious! I might have to swing by Whole Foods on my lunch break…

  10. Danielle on August 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    You are on a roll with the recipes lately! These look just as amazing as the original no bake cookies! Yum!

  11. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie on August 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Just made these – Delish! <3

  12. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on August 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    YUM! I adore that fig jam and slather it on everything. Now I have no excuse not to make those raw cookies πŸ™‚

  13. Jackie on August 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my goodness these look so yummy!!!

  14. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on August 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Anything that doesn’t involve baking is good by me! My oven and I are not the best of friends πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. Annie @ herightfit on August 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    These grain free cookies are perfect for me. I avoid eating grains since they hurt my tummy.

  16. Maria@TheBrooklynFig on August 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’m going to Trader Joe’s Friday and just added fig jam to my list of items to pick up. Figs are my fav (can you tell by the name of my blog!?) Can’t wait to try these cookies!

  17. jodie on August 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    THanks for sharing this recipe. I bought your DVD looking forward to it.

  18. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on August 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I LOVE that fig jam. Thanks for giving me an excuse to buy more. πŸ™‚ Loving all the GF recipes!

  19. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Mmmm…these cookies sound excellent! I have some family members who eat gluten free, so this would be the most perfect dessert to make for them!

  20. Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries on August 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Figs are one of my favorite fruits! I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe, and I really want to learn how to make fig jam myself.

  21. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on August 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I am OBSESSED with that fig butter from TJs!!! I may or may not eat it out of the jar with a spoon…

  22. Judy L on August 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my, macarons at Whole Foods?? I haven’t been there in a while — I need to check to see if they have any at mine! And those fig butter cookies look delectable. This is making me so hungry!

  23. Alex @ Kenzie Life on August 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I’m so excited about this recipe because it’s both grain-free and vegan! It reminds me of the thumbprint cookies I used to make with my grandma as a kid, though those weren’t the healthiest. Those macaroons look so pretty! I’ve never tried one so I should probably remedy that.

  24. Paige@FitNotFad on August 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my goodness YUM!!! So delicious looking. I love new sweet treat recipes πŸ™‚

  25. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on August 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Those cookies look so good! I may have to head to Trader Joe’s just so I can pick up some of that Fig Butter! So good. Dance week sounds like so much fun!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

      you would LOVE it πŸ™‚

  26. kris on August 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    R u going grain-free? Would you?
    Just curious πŸ™‚
    Do you ever eat rice cakes?
    Also, if you weren’t active like u r and let’s say u just were an employee-worker- and casual walker, how would your eats change? (macros? cals? certain food groups?)> thanks…genuinely asking from someone who needs to gather info. for my own lack of …..healthy living πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on August 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

      hey kris,
      no, i don’t see that happening in the near future. i love brown rice and oats too much πŸ™‚
      if i worked at a desk, i’d probably eat the same way but with smaller portions since i wouldn’t be burning so many calories
      hang in there and take it one step or goal at a time!

  27. Livi on August 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    these look so good, and clean! can’t wait to try!

  28. Rachel on August 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you, thank you! Perfect timing, as I was just searching for vegan cookie recipes earlier today for a dinner party this weekend. These fig thumbprint goodies look absolutely perfect. Love it!

  29. courtstar @ starsystemz on August 22, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I have been dying to try The fig butter at trader joes! Hopefully I can find some out here in bkk! I always love your recipes they are always so tasty! Love + Shine Courtstar

  30. Miss Molly on August 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Jam reservoirs, yes please!

  31. Liz @lizziefit_ on August 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Love the idea of grain-free, vegan anything! I sort of look past a lot of Paleo stuff since becoming vegan but this kinda made my day πŸ™‚

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