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If you love the smells and flavors and warmth of Christmas as well as all the sweet treats that come with it then you’ll want to surprise your family and guests with this spectacular Gluten and Sugar-Free Italian Anise Almond Cookie Recipe. These cookies are not only delicious but they are healthier and more nutritious than the typical Christmas sweet. Easy to make and full of surprises! Could we ask for more?
Fall in love with all these added benefits:
- Suitable for people with Celiacs Disease;
- No added sugars ;
- Ideal for the whole family; and
- Perfect for Christmas!
GLUTEN & SUGAR-FREE ITALIAN ANISE ALMOND COOKIES!
- 50 g. ⅓ cup Tapioca Flour
- 70 g. ½ cup Quinoa Flour
- 50 g. ⅓ cup Ground Almonds
- 75 ml. 2 tbsp Butter
- 37,5 g. ¼ cup Raw Honey
- 75 g. 2 tbsp Sweet Anise/fennel
- 50-100 g 1 medium Lemon Zest
- 37,5 g. ¼ cup Natural Athlete Crunchy Almond Cream
- To taste Shredded Coconut
Measure out and prepare all of the ingredients;
Preheat the oven to 150° C and place some wax paper on the baking sheet;
Mix the quinoa flour, tapioca flour and ground almond together in a bowl. Next, spread the mixture evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. It is important that you move around to avoid burning it and getting a bitter taste.
Once toasted, remove the tray from the oven and let cool. Important! Don't turn off the oven, and keep the wax paper on the baking sheet as you will need it again later;
IN a different mixing bowl, mix the butter, almond cream, honey, sweet anise and lemon zest together. Stir well until all the ingredients are blended together uniformly;
Now, add the flour mixture (quiona flour, tapioca flour, and cold ground almond) to the wet ingredients. Make sure that all the ingredients are compbined well. Note that the final texture should be like sand, that is to say that when you squeeze the mixture wuth your hands it will become more compact but can be easily undone when not squeezed together;
Put a portion of the flattened dough on the baking sheet (the one you used to toast the flours at the beginning, remember?) make sure it's spread out evenly then lightly press down on the dough wiht a cookie cutter to shape them. Use whatever shape you like most, although due to the texture of the dough I reccomend that you avoid very pointy or complex figures, and instead do round or simpler shapes (like the ones I used); and if you don't have any don't worry, you can use a glass and get perfect circles!
Once you have made all your shapes and your cokkeis are ready to bake, place them in the oven at 170 ° C for 12-15 minutes.
When they have become golden brown remove them from the oven and let cool. In the first 10 minutes they should cool on the baking sheet but then you can transfer them to a cooling rack to let cool further. You want to do this to avoid any breaking!
Once they have cooled, sprinkle them with some of the shredded coconut to give them that Christmas touch.
More Than Delicious, They Are Nutritious!
These Gluten and Sugar-Free Italian Anise Almond Cookies are so versatile, nutritious and melt in your mouth good that it’s nearly impossible to not fall in love with them.
- Rich in fats from the nuts and butter. My personal touch!
- A shot of energy for your day to day. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack!;
- Helps you feel full for longer, which in turn keeps you from overeating.
- Good source of plant-based proteins, giving your body extra nutrients;
- Excellent source of vitamins and minerals, as it’s a good source of antioxidants.
One of the great things about Christmas is all the different flavors! You can take this opportunity to get creative and use ingredients that you have on hand or simply just reinvent these gluten and sugar free cookies for another flavor that you enjoy more. Try adding in some spices like cinnamon, or nutmeg or if you prefer a more acidic taste try some orange or lemon zest. The sky’s the limit.
Bring out your inner chef and make this recipe even more versatile by trying one of these nut creams !
If you enjoyed this recipe don’t forget to try these other creative kitchen ideas!
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