Since New Year is coming along so quickly and with the embrace of 2016 just around the corner, I have been in the mood for a bit of last minute Christmassy baking.
The cookies provide a taste sensation of all my favourite spices from fragrant cinnamon to candied orange zest. This recipe is a superb healthy alternative to a lot of unhealthy cookie recipes out on the market. Simply because they contain all wholesome natural ingredient instead of processed combinations and high levels of fat. The cookies suit a vegan, dairy free, wheat free lifestyle.
The coconut oil is one of the essential ingredients used to bind the cookies. In recent years it has been proved that coconut oil is more of a health benefit than other fats such as butter. Coconut oil consists almost entirely of medium chain Triglycerides. These fatty acids go straight from the digestive tract to the liver, where they are likely to be turned into ketone bodies and provide a quick source of energy. Coconut Oil is Rich in Lauric Acid which aids the destruction of microbes like bacteria, fungi and viruses.
This recipe makes 6-8 cookies. 15 minutes baking time. Allow 30 minutes altogether.
2 heaped tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1 tbsp Date Nectar (you can also opt for other sugar alternatives such as agave Nectar )
2 cups Ground Almonds
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp linseed (unmilled flaxseed)
½ Mashed Banana
1 tbsp Almond Butter
½ tsp Baking Powder
Zest of 2 small oranges
First pre-heat the oven to 170C. Place the 2 cups of ground almonds, flaxseed, linseed, grated orange rind and the baking powder into a large mixing bowl and then combine the ingredience, set aside for later.
In a saucepan on a low heat, melt the coconut oil. At this point, add the date syrup, all the spices and salt. Keep on a low heat and stir until ingredients are combined. Take the ½ banana and mash it until it has reached a smooth texture.
In the mixing bowl set aside earlier incorporate the melted ingredience until combined. All the ingredients should stick together until the bowl is clean.
Take a piece of grease proof paper and place it on a baking tray. Get a cookie cutter or a circular hollow disk, then place the mixture in it, making sure that it is patted down. If you prefer you can chose to place a tablespoon amount of the mixture onto the baking tray patting down to form a cookie shape.
Finally bake the cookies for 15 minutes. Once baked, set aside for a further 15 minutes to cool.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoying making this recipe.