Free from recipes

Free from cookie recipe and picture of cookie and coffee cup

Simple life. A new series on this blog. It has little to do with photography  (but I will include a photo in each post). It has however a lot to do with being a parent (or parent to be) which is something I have in common with most of you.

You will have to forgive me my lack of talent in writing. There is so much I am grateful for (very fashionable state to be in these days) and a lot I want to share, so I have decided to overcome my fear of being judged by the way I write (It has been proofed that I CAN’T write, I got A’s at the English exam years ago in reading, speaking and listening and …D in writing).


Last year I desperately needed changes in my life. I discovered some tools (another post) that helped us to simplify  our way of living. Healthier and simpler foods were the most important change. Much less refined sugar, less gluten, as little as possible of processed foods, but more organic products.

I am going to start with my currently favourite cookie recipe. They are free from: refined sugar, gluten and dairy. They taste amazing and are very nutritious. I want my family to eat the best, simple and nutritious food. You might think that these recipes are expensive. They are not cheap, but it is the best ingredients you will use, best for keeping your family healthy now and in the future, for teaching your kids to appreciate good food and increasing chances of staying away from junk.

Granola cookies

  • 100g almond meal (I get mine at Tesco)
  • 140g peanut butter (I use one without sugar/salt added, often cashew or almond butter)
  • 75g mixed seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seeds) (I get 1kg mix organic seeds from Amazon and use it for almost everything)
  • 160g pitted medjool dates (I just buy any dates from local shop and remove stone myself)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • I also add 3 teaspoons of mesquite powder* because I love it, but you can skip it

Mix all ingredients in food processor with a pinch of sea salt and process until achieving dough-like texture. Using your hands make small balls (great task for kids, also very safe, as all ingredients can be eaten raw), put on the baking tray lined with baking paper, then flatten with hands or fork a bit, put in the preheated oven (160*C, 315*F, gas 2-3) for around 10 minutes or until gold. Cool and enjoy. They will keep  in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Recipe from the book: My petite kitchen cookbook (AMAZING BOOK!) by Eleanor Ozich

*Mesquite powder is a nutritious treat made from the bean pods of the algorroba tree, native to the Southwest, Northern Mexico, and desert areas of South America. This ground powder is a nutritional powerhouse, high in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, fiber, and the amino acid, lysine (info from HERE). It has wonderful caramel-like taste. I got mine HERE



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