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  • Preparation
    20 minutes

  • Cooking
    15 minutes

  • Power
    350°F (180°C)

  • Quantity
    ~ 25 x 30 g

The Fiesta GrenadaStrawberry, Cranberry and Almond ++

I love bright scarlet red strawberries that ooze with juice between my teeth. Yum-yummski! I love chocolate soy milk ice cream (to be eaten in moderation) and I love inventing summertime culinary treats. Today, we’re going to indulge in the fruits of my labours! Let me introduce a recipe I created as a personal tribute to the 150th anniversary of Canada. A distant relation of the Bomba Rosa, the J’aime ta fraise and the Berry Nice Things (featured in FUEL YOUR DAY, my first book in English), the FIESTA GRENADA is the ultimate in fruity freshness. GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE and EGG-FREE, these cookies deliver moments of pure bliss when you bite into a nice super juicy chunk of strawberry and it creates an explosion fruity flavours in your mouth.

INTENSE SOURCE of that “TIME FOR A SECOND BATCH?” feeling as well as fibre and high quality energy.

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

  2. If you’re using kitchen scales and weighing your ingredients, set the scales to zero.

  3. Put the date puree, applesauce, baking powder (Magic Powder) and the packet of crystals or vanilla into a bowl and stir well. Is it ok to wait for that little bubbling effect created by the baking powder before stirring? Defo. I’m actually like a big kid myself, I still enjoy watching it just as much as ever. Hahaha!

  4. Next add the powdered almonds, flour, coconut, cranberries, strawberries, chia seeds and the chocolate chips, if using.

  5. Mix well. Really, really well. Actually, now would the time to get mixing like you’ve never mixed before. (just kidding ;-)

  6. Grab your cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. If you don’t, guess what? EVERYING WILL STICK. Noooooooooooo! Why’s that? Because there’s no fat whatsoever in these cookies. Simple as that.

  7. Create nice plump cookies using a spoon (or measuring scoop) and, if you feel like it, garnish with a sprinkling of coconut and a nice chuck of strawberry.

  8. Oh joy, oh joy, oh joy & summertime bliss

  9. Pop them all into the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. Now, enjoy!

Storage (in a airtight container)

  • Five days on the counter
  • A good week and a half in the fridge
  • Three months in the freezer

These cookies are surprisingly tasty and if you like fruity flavours, your dreams have just come true. If you prefer cookies crammed with nuts, you might find them a bit too juicy. A perfect shade of crimson, they’re a smash hit in my house. I’ve even served them to dinner guests for dessert accompanied by little scoops of ice-milk. Yum, yum, yum. Ever thought how nice it would be for making ice-milk sandwiches? Just perfect.

Baking FIESTA GRENADA cookies is like bringing a little LOVE into your daily life. Summer love packed into a single cookie… I like the idea, don’t you?
Plus, I have to admit that I’m really quite proud of this innovative GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE and EGG-FREE solution.
Have a bit of fun and be creative!

*TO THE SOFT-HEARTED: I want to make it very clear that this is one of the last times I’ll be using those little single serving packets of crystals to enhance a recipe. You’ve got to experiment a bit in life but from now on we’ll be opting more and more for 100% naturel ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (150 g) Madame Labriski date puree

  • ½ cup (150 g) store-bought unsweetened strawberry applesauce

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • OPTIONAL! (moment of madness): 1 single serving packet of Crystal Light cherry pomegranate drink mix. If you don’t fancy the crystals, swap for ½ tbsp. vanilla extract.

  • 1 cup (100 g) powdered almonds

  • ½ cup (50 g) certified gluten-free organic oat flour* *If you’re not gluten intolerant, use your favourite flour.

  • ½ cup (50 g) shredded unsweetened coconut

  • ½ cup (65 g) juicy dried cranberries (or dried cherries)

  • Around 8 to 10 (or more) nice fresh strawberries, chopped
    *Sorry, I forgot to check the weight ;-(

  • 1/8 cup (20 g) chia seeds

  • OPTIONAL! (not in the photo – hahaha): ½ cup (100 g) white or dark chocolate chips

  • A few strawberry chucks to garnish

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