Can you believe that four months of the year are nearly behind us. I had such great plans in January for healthy living, and eating and made promises of baked goodies to share with you on the blog.
Well, I suppose thinking back I have made somewhat of an effort…
Like… most weekends myself, the hubby, the small one and our two German shepherds (one female, one male) go for a long stroll in the nearby forest park, hail, rain or snow (and there has been lots of that recently). Of course that’s after a massive Irish fry-up.
Like… I did abstain from chocolate and sweets for Lent. Well… for the most part of it anyway, but then I just had to help the small one devour some of his easter eggs. That counteracted any shed pounds in a matter of hours.
Like… I have set the alarm clock nearly every morning since January with ever so great intentions of a twenty-minute jog before getting the small one up and out for school. So far the only exercise obtained here is swinging the arm to hit the snooze button.
Like… I’ve toyed with the idea of taking the small one swimming for a few Saturdays now, but I hesitate on the day and think – sure he’d catch a cold in that weather. So we leave it for yet another week and instead get tasty treats and make our way to the cinema.
So this week I’ve made a real effort and baked some really, really healthy cookies. Sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free… these cookies taste good – in that healthy feel good, morish way.
Fruit and Nut cookies
Makes 12 • No bake
100g ground almonds
50g dates pitted
2 tablespoons mixed seeds
75g desiccated coconut
9 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1. Preheat oven to 180c/gas 4/160c (fan) and line a baking tray with grease proof paper
2. Put nuts, fruit, seeds and coconut into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
3. Stir in the orange juice slowly until you have a softish dough. You will need to mould and shape the dough tightly in your hands to combine, then place each cookie on to a baking sheet and flatten slightly.
4. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Leave on the tray for a further 5 minutes. Then turn out onto a baking tray.