Nuts are just a part of Christmas. No matter whether hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds… I love them all. Especially if you want to take advantage of the health benefits of food, nuts and seeds should not be missing in your diet. Nuts are extremely versatile in the kitchen. They are suitable as a healthy snack for in between, can make salads incredibly tasty and are wonderful binding options for soups and sauces. Maybe you have already tried my recipe for a healthy plant-cream made of cashews? Delicious.
Nuts are also excellent for baking wholefood cakes, tarts and biscuits. Due to the natural fats contained in nuts, you can often save yourself the trouble of adding more fats and oils.
That’s exactly how this recipe for my nut cookies came about. The dough, which is made of almonds and walnuts, does not contain eggs, butter or oil. Nevertheless, it is juicy and incredibly delicious. And healthy, of course….
Why are nuts so healthy?
Nuts are considered as a true brain food. The universally favoured student food makes use of precisely these health properties because, in addition to healthy omega-3 fatty acids, nuts contain numerous vitamins and minerals that are important for our bones and brain, among other things. Therefore the consumption of nuts at Christmas makes several sense.
Are you affected by the prejudice that nuts have too much fat? Don’t worry, nuts have healthy vegetable fats. Walnuts, which are popular at Christmas, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provide numerous vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and vitamin B6. This improves our concentration and counteracts tiredness and nervousness. So we can enjoy the Christmas season with a clear head and even more relaxed. Nuts are also rich in protein and therefore a long-satiating, healthy snack.
If you’re still worried about the fat content, use chestnuts. They only contain 1.9 g of fat per 100 g. Peanuts are also relatively low in fat. The exotic macadamia nut is a pioneer in terms of fat content, with approx. 73 g fat per 100 g. Also you should consider that these are only the nutritional values for the pure nut. So it’s better to go here than with roasted or even salted varieties. You will notice that the satiation effect comes much faster here than with the processed nut varieties.
The rule of thumb is to eat about a handful of nuts (whole nuts) a day.
What if I don’t like pure nuts?
Especially at Christmas it is no problem to eat nuts in different ways. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of ground nuts to your morning porridge to make it even more nutritious.
Also many cookie recipes, or cake recipes like my healthy apple-chocolate-cake contain nuts in ground form. So you should have no problem getting your daily portion of nutritious nuts at Christmas.
Nut cookies with filling
- 150 g ground almonds
- 200 g walnuts
- 70 g Coconut blossom or whole cane sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 50 ml plant drink, e.g. almond
- 1 tbsp abrasion of an organic orange
- 50 g buckwheat flour
- Some fruit compote
- Knead the ingredients for the dough well. Then form round biscuits by hand and press a small mould in the middle with your finger.
- Place the biscuits on a baking tray lined with baking paper and let them dry for about 2 hours at room temperature. Preheat the oven to 250 °C and bake the cookies for 4-5 minutes.
- Then let the biscuits cool down and pour some fruit compote into the mould. Allow to dry briefly.