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spicy hermit cookies

Spicy Hermit Cookies - Let the holiday baking begin!

Though the busy work schedule continues I am well aware that time is marching on – before I know it the holiday season will be in full swing!  I have managed to finish most of my decorating already – now it is time to turn my attention to holiday baking. This year will be my first ‘grain free’ Christmas and should be lots of fun!

I’m going to do my best to re-create as many of ‘Mom’s’ Christmas recipes in grain free form. I intend the crown jewel to be a traditional Christmas pudding (wish me luck), but first I will try my hand at various cookie and bar recipes.

One of my favourite cookies growing up was the Spicy Hermit cookie. As the name suggests these cookies are full of yummy spices. This particular recipe also has small pieces of apple, as well as more traditional raisins.

As these were baking and the scent of spices filled the air, childhood memories came flooding back. At first bit I knew I had been successful at recreating a grain free version of a Christmas favourite.

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Flax bread with almond butter

Flax bread with almond butter

This morning I woke up craving toast. Half an hour later, after baking bread I had some.

Baking bread used to be an all day affair during my grain eating days. Mixing, kneading, waiting around for the dough to rise, kneading again, rising again… you get the picture.

I now make quick, grain free breads and though they don’t have the same yeasty smell, taste or texture as their glutenous counterparts, they certainly do the trick! Let’s face it, for me bread has always just been an almond butter delivery system for me anyway..

My favourite bread recipe simply for it’s speed, ease and great taste can be found here.

Have fun and enjoy!

Fall is just around the corner. I can tell because the sun is now shining in a weaker, wintery light, the sometimes oppressive humidity has been missing for weeks, and my body seems to have entered full-fledged ‘hibernation’ mode.

This doesn’t mean I’ve crawled into a cave to re-emerge in late April (though this can be a very tempting proposition by the time late January rolls around). What it does mean is that I’ve started to sleep in ever so slightly – a bit more each day. I’ve also started to crave complex carbs like crazy!

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