So this is my last post before Christmas on the blog and my vegan holiday feast and my cookie round-up are the biggest posts I have made yet on here, so they deserve to be something exciting like feasts and cookies to end of the feast obviously! You could say that I am feeling pretty tired after baking god knows how many cookies and a huge vegan roast dinner; all which had to be photographed from a zillion different angles and lighting… I believe that these last two posts have taken me several days of work in the kitchen in order to pull them off before Christmas, but I really want to help you with any of your last minute gift troubles!
If you’re anything like myself you would have just finished your Christmas shopping, just in time for the big day. However, often I know in the past I have been stuck on what to get my friends and family for Christmas and since it is Christmas Eve eve (Friends reference), you might just want to get baking in the kitchen to check some name off your list; not to mention everyone loves homemade gifts especially those that are baked! Making anything from scratch takes love and patience, and I know that when I receive homemade gifts they are so meaningful to me as I know that a lot of time and effort goes into creating a gift. Also most of the cookies that I have combined in my round-up are healthier than traditional cookies or the ones that are store bought that contain a ton of preservatives, so you can feel even better giving your gift.
In my round-up I created three of the recipes myself, however the others I have included from some of my favourite bloggers like Laura Wright (The First Mess), Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows), Madeline Shaw, and McKel Hill (Nutrition Stripped), all of which are huge inspirations of mine and their recipes are incredibly delicious (I love Angela’s Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf– even meat eaters will love it!). As much as I love sharing my own recipes and creations with you, I also love to share my favourite blogs as I often recreate their recipes- which are delicious and packed full of (mostly) natural ingredients!
I have created nine cookie variations and created two new recipes to help you out with your last minute gift idea- Sea Salt Almond Bark Bites and Chocolate Mint Cookie Dough Truffles. Even if you don’t end up giving cookies out as a gift they are so good to have around the house for when guests come over or to curl up with a holiday movie and a mug of hot chocolate.
I hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas and happy baking!
- Triple Almond Thumbprint Cookies from Oh She Glows. These cookies are so delicious and I made mine with apricot jam. Find in Oh She Glows Every Day on page 205 or here.
- Snickerdoodle from Oh She Glows. Super easy to make and a Christmas classic. Find the recipe here.
- Coconut and Ginger Cookie Crisps from Nutrition Stripped. One of my favourite cookies that I made in the round up, full of spice and healthy nutritionist approved ingredients from McKel Hill. Find this delicious recipe here.
- Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Cookies from 26 Grains. 26 Grains is a hole in the wall café in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London founded by Alex Hely-Hutchinson which as you guessed it primarily serves grains and porridge for that matter. These dark chocolate hazelnut oat cookies remind me of Nutella, find on page 206 in ‘26 Grains,’ also swap out the egg for a flax egg if vegan.
- Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies from The First Mess. If you like chocolate and ginger then you are going to love these packed with healthy ingredients like spelt, flax, cinnamon, and ginger. Find the recipe here or in ‘The First Mess’ on page 239.
- Healthy Holiday Gingerbread Men from The Nakd Kitchen. I know this is my own recipe but I’m in love with the little guys and they’re even non-vegan approved by my picky eating sister and family. Find the recipe here.
- The Ultimate Gluten Free Choc Chip Cookies from Madeline Shaw. These cookies are great for giving out a classic cookie and something that those who are picky will still love. Find the recipe here.
- Sea Salt Almond Bark Bites- a new recipe of mine that is amazing if you love nuts and chocolate (I mean who does’t?)! Perfect for if you are in a bit of a time crunch, as I am sure that we all are this time of the year… Recipe is attached below.
- Chocolate Mint Cookie Dough Truffles- the second new sweet recipe that I whipped up in my kitchen is also a no bake recipe which are super easy to make and remind me of After Eights- aka Christmas in a ball.
Merry Christmas Eve eve everyone, get in your kitchen and get baking some healthier cookies this holiday!
Sea Salt Almond Bark Bites
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Raw Unsalted Almonds
- 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life Brand for example)
- 3 Tbsp Coarse Salt
In a small pot over a low heat slowly melt the chocolate down- stirring constantly so it doesn't burn.
2. Add the sea salt in once melted and mix.
3. Throw the chopped almonds in and continue to mix until everything is well combined.
4. On a lined baking tray add about one tablespoon worth of the mixture and add an almond and extra sea salt to top (optional). Makes about 6-8.
5. Allow to set in the freezer for an hour or until hard, remove from the freezer and enjoy.
Chocolate Mint Cookie Dough Truffles
- 2 Cups Rolled Oats
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Melted)
- 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/8 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life brand)
In a food processor blend the oats until a flour forms.
2. In a mixing bowl add the oat flour, melted coconut oil, maple, peppermint extract, and 1/4 cup chocolate chips together.
3. Using your hands roll the dough into 6-8 balls and place on a lined baking sheet.
4. Allow to set in the freezer for 45 minutes to an hour.
5. Melt the remaining chocolate chips (3/4 cup) to a small saucepan over low heat and slowly melt the chocolate; making sure to stir frequently.
6. Coat each ball in the chocolate using a spoon.
7. Carefully place back on the lined cookie sheet and setting in the freezer for 30 minutes until the chocolate has set and hardened.
8. Remove from the freezer and enjoy!