Nutrition

Spiced Christmas Cookies

Christmas and cookies go hand in hand. Whether it's leaving them out for Santa with a glass of milk, gifting them as a special treat, or snacking on these delights after a Christmas feats, cookies are a Christmas tradition. 

Our Nutritionist and Dietician, Andrea has made some Spiced cookies just in time for Christmas. We have tasted tested them here at City Cave HQ, and safe to say they didn't last long. Quick, easy and perfect to have around the house for Christmas.

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Stay tuned as Andrea will be having her very own Christmas Healthy Eating workshop coming up in December to give you all lots of ideas and taste testers of things you can make to stay healthy at Christmas time!

Spiced Christmas Cookies

Makes 12

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp mixed spice

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup sweetener OR golden syrup

30g unsalted butter, melted

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup molasses

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice, sweetener and salt. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg, vanilla and molasses. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together with a spatula until a dough forms.
  • Roll into balls and press to flatten on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Note: if you are using golden syrup, mix this in with the wet ingredients.

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Raspberry and Coconut Baked Doughnuts with a Lemon Glaze

Who doesn’t love a doughnut? They’re right on trend at the moment, with boutique doughnut shops popping up all over the place. So we were more than excited to see this incredible recipe from our in-house Dietician Andrea Love pop up and we had to share it with all of you!

"While I wouldn’t say no to the odd cinnamon sugar-coated fried pastry, it is not something you’d want to include in your diet too often. So I’ve created a happy medium – baked doughnuts. I’ve made plenty of varieties of baked doughnut before (see here and here), but none with bursts of fruit throughout. I love using berries in desserts as they provide a sweet and tart component to the dish. Berries are also lower in sugar than other fruits, which is a bit of a win win don’t you think!

For this recipe, I used sweetener in place of sugar, and cut down the fat by replacing a large amount of it with Greek yoghurt. For the glaze however, I used regular ol’ icing sugar – this is definitely optional if you’re watching your sugar intake! The lemon glaze just takes them to the next level though, in my opinion."

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

Servings 20 doughnuts

Ingredients

Doughnuts

  • Spray oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup Natvia Natural Sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup natural Greek yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup roasted coconut chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Lightly grease a doughnut baking tray with spray oil. In a bowl, add the coconut oil, sweetener and eggs and whisk to combine. Add yoghurt, milk and vanilla and continue to whisk.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and shredded coconut. Fold dry ingredients into wet. Add frozen raspberries into batter and stir until just combined.

  3. Scoop batter into each doughnut mould and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until doughnuts are lightly golden on top. Place on a rack and allow to cool completely before glazing.

  4. For the glaze, place icing sugar into a bowl and whisk in lemon juice slowly, adding more or less depending on the consistency of the glaze you’d like. Dip doughnuts into the glaze and on to a wire rack with a tray underneath to catch the excess glaze. Double dip for a thicker icing on top. Sprinkle with roasted coconut chips while the glaze is still wet. Serve with a cup of tea!

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