It’s this time of the year again! The advent season is here and Christmas is just around the corner – time to bake healthy christmas sweets to enjoy without any guilt!
Even though I am currently living in Spain with my motorhome, we keep up the German tradition of celebrating the four Sundays before Christmas – the Advent Sundays. On each of those Sundays we come together as a family in the afternoon, we lighten a candle and enjoy some Christmas sweets while I am reading a Christmas story to overone. We love keeping this tradition and those Sundays always are special to us. However, we don’t like to eat loads of unhealthy stuff just because it’s Christmas!
Everything we eat is vegan – but that does not mean that it’s healthy! Gingerbread is actually often vegan; and yet it has loads of refined sugar. I prefer making cookies without refined sugar and without trans-fatty acids (which most cookies contain loads of) and today’s recipe is perfect for everyone who likes to enjoy the Advent season the healty way!
I decided to go for a hazelnut cookie recipe as hazelnuts are just amazing: they are high in vitamin E, thiamin, vitamin B6 and folate. Furthermore they have loads of manganese and a decent amount of copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium.
This recipe contains 100g of hazelnuts plus hazelnut butter!
In the original recipe (which I saw the other day in “A Handful of Greens” insta stories) they use margarine instead of hazelnut butter. However, since margarine is very high in trans-fatty acids (and these are everything but healthy) I changed the margarine to hazelnut butter and it worked perfectly well – they may not be as crispy-perfect than those made with margarine, but still, they are super delicious!
I also exchanged the sugar from the original recipe to xylit which is a healthy alternative to refined or unrefined (cane)-sugar. Xylitol is low in calories and tooth friendly. Also, it has a very low glycemic index and does not lead to blood sugar spikes.
There is one thing I have to say before finally sharing the recipe: I like baking and cooking – but I am not really into the whole decoration thing. These cookies can for sure look much prettier: put any kind of fancy icing on top and noone will be able to tell that they are “whole grain vegan super healthy sugar free”.
However, over here they look like they look and we are fine with it. Also, I have to admit that we don’t really have loads of stuff here in our motorhome so whipping up an icing was a little difficult anway.
But now to the recipe!
Here is what yo need for around 30 round cookies:
(including the hazelnut-oil that you usually find on top)
200g whole grain spelt flour
100g ground hazelnuts
A good knife tip of vanilla
A pinch of salt
Tip 1: some hazelnutbutters have more oil than others! The hazelnutbutter we have over here is rather rich in oil, there is quite a lot of oil on top of the actual butter. In case you find the dough too dry, just add some hazelnut oil. In case you don’t have hazelnut oil, just use some of the oil you have.
Tip 2: I have to admit that we like it rather sweet. We think 150g of xylitol are just perfect – if you want to end up with sweet cookies! If you like it rather medium-to-low sweet, then try with 100g first!
Tip 3: In case you like cinnamon, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the recipe! That tastes great too!
Now blend together all ingredients and knead to a nice dough.
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Flatten your dough carefully with your hands (or a rolling pin).
Use a glass or cookie cutter to cut rounds.
Bake for around 20 mnts. Make sure to check after 15 mnts.
Feel free to decorate with hazelnuts and/or any kind of icing.
And that’s it! Easy peasy and delicous!
Enjoy that with a hot chocolate or a turmeric tea and the Advent season is safe!
Happy Advent season from our motor home to everyone’s home out there!
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