It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and raw ginger bread cookies

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….well not exactly outside here in London. We have blue sky and there are some red and orange colours still in the trees, it certainly feels more like autumn. It’s starting to look like Christmas at home and in my head, I’ve started to have this nice, warm, fuzzy feeling that I get around Christmas time. You see I’m one of those people who loves Christmas.

Lots of people get stressed around this time but me who normally has a tendency to get stressed, I actually don’t…..I figure whatever gets done gets done and what doesn’t doesn’t. Simple as that! For me Christmas is about spending some good quality time with your nearest and dearest, not a period of obligations.

This year we are keeping it very small, we figure it’s easier when the kids are still very young not to travel and just do lots of things locally and hang out just the four of us. I would have loved to go to Sweden to see my Dad and other family, but it will just be more relaxing this way. And I’m really looking forward to it.

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If you love Christmas you can easily get over excited. Which is good, getting over excited about something is a happy feeling and happiness is good for your health. A friend of mine got so excited she ended up buying 49 books for her daughter for Christmas ( the daughter is going to be one well-read little lady! ) Me I am getting super excited about ginger bread cookies but I don’t want to start too soon because once I start I can’t stop. And whilst being exited and happy is good for you, sugar is not and there’s certainly lots of it around during Christmas. So because I recently also got very exited about my raw cacao, macademia nut balls and ate quite a few of them I thought to myself……what if I could swop some ingredients, roll it out and make raw ginger bread cookies…and I could! This is like a mixture between eating the uncooked gingerbread dough and the cookies themselves but without the baddies and with plenty of goddies! Now that’s happiness for me!

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Raw gingerbread cookies

Makes 20 cookies

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves (not too much, cloves can be over powering)
1 cup of cashew nuts
1 cup of hazelnuts
2 cups of pitted dates
2 tablespoon acacia honey
1 tablespoon of water
Desiccated coconut to decorate

Add all ingredients apart from the water and the desiccated coconut.
Blend to required texture. I like it when it’s not too smooth, it gives it a bit of texture. If it’s to dry you can add a tiny bit of water but only a little bit at the time, if it gets too wet it’s impossible to roll out. Put the dough in fridge for an hour or so, then roll out until about 5mm thickness. Use your favourite Christmas dough cutter to cut out shapes. Decorate with desiccated coconut.
Don’t eat all the dough before you have made the cookies!!

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