Super Simple Cookies

I saw this super simple cookie recipe at which has fantastic healthy recipes (although all in Finnish!) and wanted to try them out.  I added a few extras -  vanilla extract and raw cacao nibs.  

My kids loved doing these and although they don't look very much, they are delicious!

Banana coconut biscuitss

Makes 8.

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 200g of shredded coconut
  • half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Half handful of raw cacao nibs on top
  1. Line baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Mash or blend bananas till mushy and add all the other ingredients (except cacao nibs). Blend until smooth dough.
  3. Take a tablespoon and roll the dough into ball.  Put it on baking paper and flatten.  Sprinkle cacao nibs on top. 
  4. Bake for 15-20min until golden.  

Coconut Macaroons

Great day of networking at the Amsterdam Small Business Network Boutique Pop-up Event. The event was organised for local businesses to showcase their products and services to the public. It was fantastic to see so many fantastic small businesses in Amsterdam!  

I made these great little coconut macaroons (original recipe from fantastic Wholefoodsimply) to support my fellow New Year New Your partners, Saron Hansen van Diemen at Total Self and Alison Primavera at Primavera Training.  Very simple to make and absolutely delicious!  

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons 

Coconut Macaroons 

150g of shredded coconut

2 eggs whites

2 tablespoons of organic honey

1 tablespoon of raw cacao or 1 tsp of vanilla essence 

1. Mix the ingredients until combined.

2. Roll into small balls (use a tablespoon)

3. Put on a lined baking tray

4. Bake for 12-14 minutes. 




Festive Baking

This date cake is a recipe from my grandma. She used to bake this every Christmas.  I slightly tweaked the original recipe by making it wheat-free and instead of refined sugar, I used honey. Dates contain fibre, potassium, some B vitamins, magnesium and calcium.

This cake fills the house with beautiful Christmassy smells which made me think about my gorgeous grandma who loved to bake!  

Mummon Taatelikakku (Finnish Christmas Date Cake)

200g pitted dates
2dl water (200ml)
200g butter
4 eggs
1dl (100g) organic honey
3dl (300g) gluten-free flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda

  1. Chop dates, put in a pan on medium heat and cover with water. Once soften, blend till smooth.  Add the butter until melted. Cool down.
  2. Put eggs and honey into bowl. Beat until airy & foamy. 
  3. Mix flour, baking powder and soda and add to egg-honey mixture. 
  4. Add cooled date-butter mix in two batches. And pour dough into a pound cake tin (which was buttered before).
  5. Bake for 45-55min in 175 degrees (depending on your oven). 
  6. Test if cake is ready with clean toothpick.  If dough still wet, bake a few more minutes. 
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