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