These are a delicious sweet and crispy treat with a coffee and perfect for unexpected guests! You can make them more special by drizzling them with melted dark chocolate!
These would also make a lovely vegan Christmas gift for a foodie friend!
• 375g plain flour
• 1½ tsp baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 150g light brown or coconut sugar
• 3/4 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce or 3 flax or chia eggs *
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
• Zest of one organic, un-waxed orange
• 1 teaspoon mixed spice
• 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
• ½ cup dried cranberries
*to make applesauce just blend a couple of washed and cored eating apples in a blender or food processor. You don’t have to peel or cook them.
*To make one flax or chia egg, use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds or chia seeds to 3 tablespoons water. Just mix and let sit for 10 minutes.
1. Preheat oven the 325°F/170C
2. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, mixed spice and salt.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, applesauce or flax eggs, oil and orange zest.
5. Stir the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, add the nuts, cranberries and bring it together into a dough with your hands.
6. With floured hands, shape the dough into three, 3-inch wide “logs” about 3/4 inch thick, with the ends squared off.
7. Place these on the baking trays.
8. Bake the logs for about 25 minutes.
9. Remove the trays and reduce the oven heat to 300°F/150C
10. Cool the logs on a rack for 30 minutes.
11. Cut the logs carefully with a sharp knife straight across into 1/2 inch wide slices. A bread knife or serrated knife works best.
12. Place the slices cut side down on the cookie sheets.
13. Bake 5-10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.
14. Turn the slices over and cook 5-10 minutes more, or until golden on bottom.
15. Cool on racks, then store in an airtight for up to two weeks.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, well it is in our house, apart from the fact that we all have a sore throat, so we've not been singing festive songs as much as usual!
I've been having sea salt baths with lavender and tea tree, downing shots of turmeric, ginger and lemon and eating loads of Immune boosting soup and fermented garlic!
I always use drugs as a last resort once I've given all my natural remedies a chance to work! I'm feeling better but now Kathryn and Laura have a sore throat!! Its always the same at this time of year!
Anyway I'm still in full on festive food mood and have a few more brilliant recipes to share before Christmas!
I came across this recipe on the awesome Kellie Andersons excellent blog food to glow
she has some incredible recipes, mostly plantbased and all delicious and healthy.
Her blog is well worth a look, I love her style of cooking and the flavour she manages to pack into her recipes is amazing!
So back to this great recipe...
These wee crackers would make a great gift, presented in a wee bag and tied with twine or ribbon. You can be creative and cut out all sorts of shapes. That's the brilliant thing about making your own stuff, you know exactly what the ingredients are and you can personalise most recipes to suit your own tastes and preferences.
Kids would also love making these and they make a nice change from sweet biscuits covered in icing! These crackers actually taste a little sweet and have a lovely crunch and festive flavour. They would be perfect with a Christmas cheese board (lots of dairyfree vegan cheeses around too) or as an accompaniment to dips or just plain as a wee snack!
The recipe makes lots of crackers so I have frozen half the dough and will make more crackers next week when we've eaten all this batch!
I used avocado oil in mine but olive oil or any mild tasting oil would work. Kellie's original recipe added 50 ml orange juice and the zest of a small orange but I didn't have any so I added a bit more water instead and used 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice instead of ginger.
The trick is to try and roll the dough out fairly thinly for nice crisp crackers. Just be sure to flour your work surface well or use 2 sheets of greaseproof paper and roll the dough on the paper with one sheet on top. You can then put the greaseproof paper directly onto an oven tray.
I just lightly greased and floured 2 baking trays and the crackers crisped up nicely and didn't stick at all!
So here is the slightly adapted recipe..
CRANBERRY & HAZELNUT CRACKERS
.....your health in your hands.....
I bought some great bargains at Holland and Barrett yesterday, among them, two bags of lovely dried Lerida Figs!
I absolutely love fresh figs but dried ones are also delicious and perfect in chutneys and this fabulous Fig & Olive Tapenade.
An intense sweet and salty at the same time, totally versatile, delicious, packed with nutrition and containing two fermented products, olives and apple cider vinegar, this is well worth making and its so simple.
Just remember to buy preservative free olives. I used black Kalamata from Aldi and green olives from Lidl, both delicious and a great price but if you want to push the boat out and splash out on some more expensive deli olives, then go right ahead!
Olives are a great source of monounsaturated fats, minerals, vitamins, fibre and various powerful antioxidants. I think we are all aware that the Mediterranean diet is an extremely healthy one, olives and quality olive oil are consumed in large amounts, along with plenty of seasonal colourful veggies and locally caught fish. Not forgetting regular consumption of red wine which we all know has various benefits for our health!!
Figs are a brilliant source of calcium and magnesium for strong bones, fibre which provides a laxative effect and balances blood sugar, and lots of other trace minerals.
This is a great wee accompaniment to tapas style food and pairs particularly well with goats cheese on toasted sourdough bread or to accompany a cheese board.
It has a really intense flavour so a little goes a long way.
This would make a lovely gift, in a nice glass jar with a hand written label!
On that note, this is so good I'm off to make another batch!!
Here is the simple recipe.....
FIG & OLIVE TAPENADE
.....your health in your hands....
🍃 Health educator🍃