Healthy Quinoa Christmas Cookies

Christmas is right around the corner and perhaps you are doing some Christmas baking?I like to make healthier versions of well known recipes so I can eat all year around!

Today I have a take on a typical Norwegian Christmas cookie called “Havreflarn”. A thin, crispy oatmeal cookie. It is traditionally  loaded with white sugar and butter so here is my healthier take on this Christmas sweet…

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Healthy Christmas cookies…

Quinoa cookies (yields 10-15 cookies)

Quinoa flakes are a fiber- and protein-rich ingredient and can easily replace oats. I also like to bake with coconut sugar and healthy extra virgin coconut oil. These cookies provide healthy fats, protein and are a more blood sugar friendly due to the quinoa and coconut sugar.

  • 100 grams quinoa flakes
  • 50 grams extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tb. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 80 grams coconut sugar
  • 1 egg or 1 flax egg

How to: Melt the coconut butter and mix with the quinoa flakes. Mix the other ingredients in another bowl until well mixed and light textured. Add with the flaks. Mix well. Use a tablespoon and make cookie portions and bake on parchment paper and baking tray. Bake at 200 C for 6- 8 min until golden. Let cool on a rack and keep in a airtight container.


Norwegian Christmas Cider- “Julegløgg”

Wow, how time flies! It is soon Christmas and there are many recipes and traditions to look forward to. One of them in Norway is the spicy Christmas cider called “gløgg”.

It is a sweet drink served warm. It has spices and some make i with red wine. It is to be served warm with raisins and almonds. Perhaps you have this in your country as well?

A lot of people purchase a cider product in the store and this is full of sugars and additives and a real calorie adder, and a really unhealthy beverage to drink.

So I have developed my own recipe that tastes great and is healthy, boosting your immune system with real spices. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

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The season can be tasty and healthy!

 

 

Healthy Christmas Cider

  • 100 grams red grapes
  • 1/3 piece lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • Raisins
  • Almonds, chopped

How to: Juice the grapes and the lemon. Add the juice to a pot and add the spices. Let simmer (not boil, to keep the nutrients) for 5 min. Strain the spices and add raisins and almonds if you wish.

Merry Christmas from Norway!

 


Clementine juice!

A clementine is a hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange, and in Norway the citrus fruit is synonymous with Christmas. How about  in your country?

Christmas tradition or not, it a great citrus fruit to juice as is makes a lovely sweet juice rich in vitamin C. The trick is to mix it with vegetables to boost itshealth benefits and keep blood sugar in check.

 

 

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This beautiful citrus fruit is perfect for juicing!

 

Try my Christmas clementine juice recipe!

  • 3- 4 clementines (peeled)
  • 2- 3 cm large piece ginger
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/3 large piece sweet red bell pepper
  • 1/2 lime

How to: Peel the clementines (we should not juice this fruit with its skin due to the bitterness), wash the rest of the ingredients and cut into pieces that fit your juicer. Keep the skin on the rest of the ingredients as a lot of the nutrients are just beneath the skin.

Juicy goodness: Vitmain C, gingerols, vitamin A, betacaroten, magnesium.

 

 

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Clementine juice (klementinejuice in Norwegain)