It's a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, Jasper's down for a nap and hubby is watching sports, so I'm in the kitchen baking some delicious, nutritious and super easy cookies. Using almonds as the base they're packed with heart healthy fats and will give you an energy boost when you need it most. Plus being dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free, these are a perfect afternoon treat without any of the guilt. Hoorah!
One cuppa coming right up. Mmm :)
Hazelnut and Pistachio Cookies
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup hazelnuts and pistachios
- Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C (180 C fan oven)
- Roast your nuts by popping them onto a lined baking tray for 10 mins, until the hazelnut skins start to loosen. Remove them and rub in kitchen towel or a clean drying up cloth until most of the skins have come off then set aside to add to the cookie mix later. As you can see barely half of my skins came off but that's fine as you just want to get rid of the loose ones!
- To make the cookies, mix the ground almonds and baking powder in one bowl
- In another bowl mix the maple syrup, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract well
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined
- Fold in the roasted nuts until evenly spread through the mixture
- Using a teaspoon take a large dollop of the mixture, roll into a ball then flatten between the palms of your hands and pop onto a lined baking tray, and repeat until all the mixture’s been used
- Cook for 10-15 minutes until they start to brown around the edges
- Cool completely on a rack, then devour!
These really are so easy, and you can use any nut combination you like. Let me know what you try!
Abi Manders is a mum, health coach, yoga teacher, business woman and complete and utter foodie. In a previous life Abi ran global corporate events, operated at a million miles an hour and used yoga to find balance in this crazy world we live in. Since having her little boy and studying with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, her journey has veered towards a healthier way of living. Abi believes we all have the power to heal ourselves, and that one step at a time we can make small changes to our diets and lifestyle that will have big effects on our health and happiness.