Crazy things are happening down in Africa, and the festive season is surely on. Having lived a major part of my life in Europe so far, I am pretty much used to nasty and cold weather around Christmas and New Years Eve. The only way to find comfort are munchies, so hooray for Spekulatius, Lebkuchen and all those Plätzchen…Well. I would love to say that things are different in 40 degrees heat and surrounded by camelthorn. But they are not. Anyway, ´tis the season to whip up some yummyness. In honour of my Dutch heritage I celebrated Sinterklaas and then the German version of Nikolaus last weekend and made up a batch of these rawmazing cookies.
I am a huge fan of the raw kitchen, and especially their sweetstuff. I discovered raw recipes due to lacking an oven. For me, raw treats are ideal to satisfy my sweet tooth: simple, often not more than 5 ingredients max.,and free of refined sugars and other processed badass stuff. Its the simple things in life that are best, and rawmazing treats are easy peasy to make. Anything is possible and you can create real rawesomeness with whatever you can find in your pantry. There are basically three steps to follow in your very own way when going down on the sweet raw path:
Choose a base: nuts, seeds, nuts and seeds- whatever you want. I like walnuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.
Choose a natural sweetener: Dried fruits are popular. Great are dates – pitted or soft Medjools, apricots, figs, prunes…basically anything you like.
Choose ya flavour: cacao powder, ginger,cinnamon, superfood boosts with maca, baobab, mesquite, spirulina…the list is infinite here so Goji for what you like.
You can also add fillings such as oats, buckwheat groats, popped amaranth…For a greased lightning add some coconot oil, that often helps with the texture if your mix gets a bit too crumbly. There is no rule to follow, so just go wild. It´s time to throw a little Xmas-party for your tastebuds.
Sinterklaas Cookies ( for about 8-10 round cookies)
1 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pitted dates
2 Tbsp. Sesame seeds
Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg powder
A few dried figs for decoration and extra yummyness
Step by Step:
– Place the sunflower seeds in your processor – magic bullet, vitamix and a immersion blender work well. Blend on high until you get a fine,crumbly texture
– Add the dates (its sometimes necessary to chop them a little bit smaller, depending on the power of your processor) and blend together well until you get kind of a dough
– Add the sesame seeds – you can pulse them, too or leave them just as they are
– Roll the dough out – either with a rolling pin, otherwise the palm of your hand will do, too
– If you have fancy biscuit cutter, by all means use it or just go for the free flow form and play
– Put the figs on top. Pop in the fridge to set for a couple of hours. Eet smakelijk and enjoy!