I never thought I would say this, but what the heck – I have definitely become one of those people who expresses my love through food. If I love you, Imma feed you!
When did this happen to me??
Growing up, that was always my mom’s thing. From the care and preparation I saw her pour into dishes for us, I realized that food can be love. Years later here I am, and as soon as someone comes into my home the first thing I ask is “are you hungry?”.
This realization has made me even more excited for the holidays. I’m at that age where you really don’t give a *expletive* about presents any more. I just want to enjoy time with my family. I want to show them love, by feeding them TREATS. But since I love them, I also care about their health.
I’ve blended my love for sweet holiday indulgence and love of easy, nutritious food with these Sugar(less) Cookie Bites. They taste like the sugar cookies we made every year for Christmas – without all the actual sugar. I can’t wait to get batches of these babies going so I can bring them to holiday parties – where I hope everyone will enjoy these as much as I do.
This recipe is both gluten free and vegan
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup coconut oil – melted
2 tbsp melted vegan butter – melted
1.5 tbsp organic maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract
pinch of cardamom
pinch of salt
Directions: Add cardamom and salt to almond flour in a medium size bowl. Slowly mix in melted coconut oil and melted vegan butter. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup, and mix well. Allow the mixture to set and firm in the fridge or freezer – this doesn’t take long (no more than 10 minutes). Roll mixture into uniform bites. Top with icing, chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, or anything else you fancy.
Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
What is your usual holiday treat? Do you have any baking traditions in your family?
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