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.


Sweet and Healthy! The Best Natural Sweeteners.

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so you are not alone! But did you know that you can satisfy your sweet craving without sabotaging your health or your weight? The key is to choose your sweetener wisley- and of course not overdue the amounts you eat…

 

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Beautiful honey drizzle over pan seared apples and almond ricotta…

 

There are a lot of no calorie sweeteners but I never eat or drink any artificial sweeteners, and I like to choose natural choices that also have good cooking qualities as well as nutritional value.

My favorite choices are:

  • A dark, organic maple syrup- I always use this when cooking or baking with chocolate. I also add just a drizzle to balance out a tangy vinaigrette. When you buy a high quality maple syrup it is a good source of vitamins and minerals and has a great nutty flavour. Remember, a little goes a long way!
  • Coconut sugar- This is a great sugar substitute that I always use for Asian cooking, or baking when granulated sugar is needed. It is rich in minerals and had a nutty flavour that does noe reck havoc on your blood sugar.
  • Honey- Manuka honey is a really healthy honey loaded with nutrients but I never use it for cooking as I find it too expensive and hard to work with. But it is great for tea! If you can get a hold of an organic, local honey that is not refined or heat treated it is absolutely best because it has more nutrients and a more complex taste. I use honey when I need a “lighter”, less complex taste and also need to keep a light color for the recipe I am making.

You may also use Stevia which is a no calorie, natural sweetener but to be honest I never use it as I find the taste to be less than pleasant and it doesn’t have good cooking qualities.

Note: I never use agave syrup and would never recommend it as it is highly refined and just as bad for your body as regular sugar…