Santa Might Forgive You For Being Naughty This Year If You Make Him These GF Honey Almond Cookies

DSC_0776Let’s face it, this year has had lots of ups and downs – you’ve done your best to be nice but it hasn’t always been easy.

But it might not be too late to win the big man over with some cookies if you’re still hoping for a few things on your holiday list. You haven’t haven’t seen the big guy in a  year so how do you know he hasn’t gone gluten-free? And perhaps he could even use a little less processed sugar in his diet – you only have his best interest in mind really – but just in case he doesn’t finish all of them off then… More for you!

 

Cinnamon Honey Almond Cookies

Ingredients: 

2 cups of almond flour/meal (freshly ground or prepackaged)

1/2 cup of multi-flower Ciborale honey (Ciborale is an Italian organic brand available on www.luxandecogourmet.com – you can substitute coconut sugar or xylitol of equal quantities to make it low carb or vegan)

1 Tablespoon of ground chia seeds

2 Tablespoons of cold water

2 Tablespoons of cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of pumpkin

2 Tablespoons of coconut sugar

Splash of vanilla extract

A few pinches of coconut flour to thicken need be

A pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
DSC_0820Heat the oven to 350F and while you’re waiting for the oven to warm grind your chia seeds in a blender (if you can’t then just use the whole seeds) and add seeds to cold water and mix well with a fork and set it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Then add honey and chia seeds to make a sticky dough – you’ll want to either use a standing mixer or get in there with your hands to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed with special attention to the chia seed gel because it will act as a binder and they get a little thick. Add a few pinches of coconut flour the flour seems too sticky.

Put the dough in between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to about a half inch or inch thick and place in the fridge for 15 mins or until the dough is solid enough to cut the cookies. Place the cut cookies on a cookie sheet either lined with parchment paper or greased with oil or butter.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes (depending on how thick they are) and wait until they are completely cooled before transferring.

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Pour a tall glass of coconut milk and leave a few for Santa to enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

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