Healthy No-Bake Millionaire’s Shortbread Bars

A buttery gluten-free buckwheat and cashew crust topped with creamy date caramel and covered in rich chocolate ganache: these healthy Millionaire’s Shortbread Bars taste decadent while containing lots of nutritious ingredients. Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and only eight ingredients. Paleo option, too.

Posting on a Tuesday? Me? I know it’s very unusual and actually not pleasing my mind – three posts in a row … – but even I can make exceptions. Especially when two special occasions collide. First would be today being World Vegan Day. This isn’t to force anybody into choosing a certain diet but I simply enjoy sharing delicious plantbased recipes. Secondly, today I’m collaborating with some other lovely blogging ladies for our first …

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Healthy No-Bake Millonaire's Shortbread - gluten-free, vegan and only eight ingredients!

Granted, I was hesitant to join in a virtual Thanksgiving celebration. As you might know this is a holiday not celebrated in Germany. We do have the occasional ‘Erntedankfest’ [which literally translates to Thanksgiving] but it’s nothing official and I don’t know a single person honoring this day at their home. Anyway, I figured every holiday feast needs dessert and that I could do. Allow me to present: Healthy Millionaire’s Shortbread.

Healthy No-Bake Millonaire's Shortbread - gluten-free, vegan and only eight ingredients!

Way different from my recent flourless hazelnut shortbread this is it. The kind of treat you’d whip up for a holiday or take the time to really savour on an ordinary day. Funny story: my first time trying this British classic was as a special Britain-themed week at Lidl [for those not familiar with it: a discounter] of all places. Very gourmet, I know. [Read: not.] I got my whole family obsessed with these caramel-topped and chocolate-covered slices of decadence. For some reason Lidl stopped carrying the shortbread during future British weeks despite them clearly being a popular item and gone very quickly every time.

Healthy No-Bake Millonaire's Shortbread - gluten-free, vegan and only eight ingredients!

But we wouldn’t be bloggers if we let stores decide our food choices, right? Given my ‘history’ of no-bake brownies and bars it’s a riddle why I’d yet to try and recreate the Millionaire’s Shortbread. Luckily, I did after all and – dare I say it?  – these are even better. Buckwheat and cashews are combined with a special ingredient to create the gluten-free shortbread crust here: cacao butter. I just wanted to see if I could use it instead of coconut oil, not expecting anything. But: wow! The cacao butter, despite using a small amount only, lends a truly buttery taste to the shortbread base. Naturally sweet date caramel stands in for the typically sugar-laden variety. My favourite chocolate ganache finishes everything off for an amazing taste experience.

Healthy No-Bake Millonaire's Shortbread - gluten-free, vegan and only eight ingredients!

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or just an average day when you’re reading this: Make this Healthy  No-Bake Millionaire’s Shortbread and be sure to have everybody get back for seconds.

Healthy No-Bake Millonaire’s Shortbread

Shortbread base:

  • 1/4 cup [40 g]  raw buckwheat groats
  • 3/4 cup [100 g] cashew nuts
  • 1 heaped tbsp/25 g cocoa butter, melted [can sub coconut oil]
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Caramel

  • 1 cup [150 g] dates
  • 1 heaped tbsp of peanut butter [coconut butter works, too]
  • Pinch of salt [omit if your nut butter is salted]
  • 2-3 tbsps water

Ganache Topping

  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsps coconut cream or soy cream [~ 75 ml]
  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, blend the cashews and buckwheat groats into a fine flour-like consistency.
  2. Add to a bowl and mix with the melted cacao butter, kneading to form a dough. Press into an 8 x 8 inch pan and set into the fridge to harden.
  3. Prepare the date caramel by processing the dates in your blender until crumbly, Add in the nut butter, minimum amount of water and salt and process into a smooth caramel.
  4. Spread the caramel onto your ‘shortbread’ crust and chill in the fridge again.
  5. While the base is chilling in the fridge, prepare your ganache layer. Finely chop the chocolate bar and set aside.
  6. Bring the coconut milk to a boil either on the stove or in the microwave. Pour over the chopped chocolate and (!!!) let sit for three minutes. Do NOT stir before.
  7. Stir to fully combine all ganache ingredients. Top the chilled base with ganache and refridgerate for at least 45 minutes before cutting into it.

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Happiness-inducing today: Music. It’s been an ugly grey and rainy day. Stressful with some anxiety thrown in, too. But setting out for short walk after work, just catching some fresh air and listening to brighter tunes helped a little.

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Week in Review: Destiny. The bad. The good.

Hello there!

Today’s post is starting on a heavier note again and continuing where my previous Week in Review ended. After going back and forth about this for days I decided to tell you [some of] what’s caused my current mood and lack of posts and interaction on social media. My family lost a member this past week. We knew it was going to happen as he’d been suffering from cancer but … it’s still hard. Anytime I write about this it sounds oddly neutral, unemotional. When in fact I feel anything but unemotional.
The past week was characterized by the knowledge of it possibly happening any day – and then the news it had. There are no words to express my feelings and I also would rather not talk about it. This isn’t a topic for the blog but I also couldn’t not mention it as it’s been on my mind at all times. Even more so when writing. Those of you who have been exchanging mails with me know the thoughts are running wild when I’m writing.  Which I guess means I should really start journaling again.

Sort of journaling or at least keeping track of our lives is Meg’s Week in Review which I’m joining once again.

Week in Review

Some of what happened in my lfe during the past week. I …

Worked four days and challenged myself again by offering to free up some time for my colleague working at the reception desk by answering calls for her when I had a free minute. Yes, this is ridiculous for others but an accomplishment for me as calling people I don’t know always takes a little effort. It doesn’t help I’ve had people not take me serious due to my voice sounding younger than I am before.

Wrote two blog posts, one featuring many good good links from all around the web.

Replied to all comments I got in the past week which I know I’ve been slacking at before. I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up on all from the many previous weeks – sorry, really! – but will make an effort to stay on top of them from now on. Sorry if I didn’t reply to one of your comments in the past! That’s not saying I didn’t read and appreciate it.

Healthy Nutella - vegan recipe by Texanerin

[This picture is the outcome of me forgetting about the fact it’s getting dark earlier and I have yet to take pictures.]

Spent Friday with my sister and little P. It filled my happiness batteries, my stomach with homemade vegan bolognese and pasta and distracted my mind like nothing else. Exactly the kind of mental health day I direly needed. Which was funny because I’d asked my employer for this specific date off months ago already. So the fact it fell into this very week was – as some would say – accidental. As I would say: destiny. [Yes, I believe in destiny]
By the way: baby led weaning is beneficial for aunts, too. Or at least I don’t think I’d have just touched beets or kaki anytime soon. The latter just because I’d never had a delicious one before, the former because beets are nasty. Still. Though a nine-month-old offering you some of his makes them slightly better [insert (un)necessary aunt gushing].

Traded some homemade paleo + vegan chocolate tartes [as pictured further down] for also homemade healthy Nutella using this recipe. Because – whoop! – my sister just bought a Blendtec after asking me about blenders for weeks. Upon arrival I was presented with Nutella gone wrong [think: dough-like ] and assigned the task of solving the situation – you know these are my favourite kind of assignments. I also found a solution for the Nutella ‘dough’ which I’m hoping to get a picture of later [read: I’m hoping my sister will remember to text me one].  As a thank you I obviously got to take some home – as well as jealousy because wow … Blender envy to the max.

Cleaned my apartment, including mopping the floors, in one swoosh. Dare I say this was the fastest ever I did this yet?

Did some laundry which – thanks to it being a small amount of clothes – didn’t take too long to do.

Continued with my workout routine but also cut down on it one day when I was feeling off. This is a continuous mental struggle. I’ve never dealt with serious exercise addiction but more so a general urge to move. I’m hoping to get to a point where this balances out and I can veg on the couch with a friend for a day without the mental BS.

Treated myself quite a lot – for my standards. A new huge jar of white almond butter [because it was on offer in a store in Hamburg and I can’t find this where I live], new scented candles and the train ticket counts, too. This whole ‘spending money on myself’ thing doesn’t get easier – especially given the holiday season approaching and several necessary larger expenses coming up in my life [think: new laptop, possibly new phone though I’m trying to pretend mine wasn’t fussing around]. Le sigh.

Happiness is … vegan and paleo chocolate tarte. Okay, no, but it was part of my happy yesterday. After a mentally hard week I had Friday off. My first day off in a long time and one I'd scheduled months ago already. Somehow destiny knew I needed it this very week. In dire need of refilling my happiness batteries I took the two-hour train ride to my sister's and spent a wonderful day with her and my baby nephew. Lots of talking, some walking, kitchen excitement and plenty of baby cuddles made for the best day in a while. It was over too soon but when I hope I can make these days more regular happenings in my life. Because I'm not a visitor to appear empty-handed I brought my sister these delightful little tartes. Featuring my nephew's 'Vitamin D duck' 😁. Always look on the chocolate side of life. How have you been filling your happiness batteries lately? . . . . #bgbcommunity #vegandeutschland #vegangermany #paleovegan #healthytreats #staysafeeatcake #iamwellandgood #veganwerdenwaslosdigga #vegantreats #chocolateplease #chocolatetherapy #fillyourhappinessbucket #silverlining

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I did more than this – all the mundane everyday things – but this post is getting long already. Like in the previous week I want to ask you to not make the comments about our loss. Not because I didn’t care but I’ve been trying hard to remind myself to live in the now and look at the bright things in life rather than let my mind go darker places. Tell me about your life, your happiness-inducers, what you’ve been cooking/baking – anything.

On another note and as I hinted at in yesterday’s post already I won’t be around much this week, either. My family is going to travel to attend the funeral and spend some time with that part of our family during the week. That’s why I might not read comment much on your posts until the weekend – eight hours of train ride each way would make for a good opportunity if there was an internet connection, though – and the good links will probably be fewer this Sunday. On the upside I do have a delicious recipe for you tomorrow so be back if you like chocolate and caramel.

Happiness-inducing today:  Fall sunshine. A walk through the leaves. The extra hour in the day [cheers for daylight savings!]. Homemade Nutella.

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Good good links #167

Sunday, Sunday. You have a way of sneaking up on me week after week. Luckily, I’m  prepared better in terms of links this time and in fact found so many I’ll save some for the next week. This is also because I won’t have as much time for blog reading in the week to come, the reason for which I’ll tell you more about in tomorrow’s Week in Review. I hope you had a great weekend so far. Any Halloween parties?

Here’s another roundup of fantastic posts I gathered in the past seven days. Let me know any great ones I missed in the comments, too!

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

Why The “You Have to Love Yourself First” Rule IS True via Ravishly

Not spilling too much because I really want you to read this yourself but: “you can’t give what you don’t have”.

Why Living “Presently” Could Ruin Your Entire Life via Benjamin P. Hardy

Obviously an exaggerating title but this advice controversial to what we usually here it actually quite thought-inducing.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other interesting posts]

13 Things 20-Something Need to Hear via Build your Bliss

Our twenties are about figuring out many things about ourselves, our relationships, goals – all of which can be rough. [Also: yay, Emily’s back!]

Confessions of a Dietitian via Hummusapien

Failing to sum this up in just one sentence I’ll just send you off to read this. Yes, you want to.

10 Commandments for Happier-Ness via Happiest Mama

So simple, so true. Little things we could call take reminding of at times.

Find a Job Description and Get those Skills! via RD Refresh

Something I wish I had read/thought about way back when I was still in school/college.

 

Food

A Complete Guide to Replacing Eggs via My Darling Vegan

The question of what to use instead of eggs in cooking and baking is one of the most puzzling for many people – this post is really helpful.

Why We Do The Switch Witch For Halloween via Real Mum Nutrition

A great idea on how to handle candy overload and gently teaching a lesson on valuing what you have.

 

 

Blogging

99 Food Photography Tips To Blow Your Mind via two loves studio

A truly amazing resource of advice by many experienced bloggers/photographers. And: who else can relate to the struggle when not adhering to #27 ;)??

October Writing Prompts via Hello Neverland

Too late? No, most of these work just as well in November.

How to Deal with Conflicting Opinions via Forever Amber

It’s impossible to please everyone. Here’s how to decide which criticism to take into consideration and where to follow your intuition.

 

Good good [food]

Pumpkin Spice Twix [gluten-free and vegan] via love me, feed me

Because regular Twix is totally boring and these contain no weird ingredients = they rock.

Paleo Chocolate Almond Slice via Southern In Law

Just a handful of ingredients but a lot of [healthy] deliciousness in these vegan bars.

Almond Joy Granola Bars via Delish Knowledge

Never mind the fact Almond Joys are unknown over here – these sound amazing in their own right.

Cheezy Vegan Taco Skillet via She Likes Food

Tacos without the effort of stuffing and rolling? Cheesy vegan pumpkin sauce? This has my name written all over it.

Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup {Paleo} via Cotter Crunch

It’s definitely soup season and this vegan one doesn’t just sound super comforting but packs all kinds of good-for-you nutrients.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Receiving the new issue of my favourite magazine in the post and today being a lovely autumn day. No rain = happy girl.

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Week in review: All over the place.

It’s been a peanut butter and chocolate week. In other words a week of highs and lows with the latter being overwhelming. Which required lots of the previously mentioned two foods for the soul. I try to be positive; no, I am. There’s always something good, no matter how small. But I’m also not even trying to deny life’s hardships. And right now life isn’t looking all rosy here.
If I’m honest I don’t feel like writing this or any post right now. Yet at the same time blogging makes me happy so it’s about giving it a go after all.

Vague-blogging isn’t cool but as I already hinted at not feeling okay I will say this much: Make sure you hug your loved ones, friends and relatives regularly. Send a letter or just a message asking how they are and showing them you care. I have to remind myself of this daily, too, but life is so freaking fragile and fleeting. Let’s all be kinder towards each other, say or show our love for those around us daily.

Okay, after that heavy introduction let’s take a look at the past week of life as inspired by Meg.

Week in review

In the past seven days I …

Worked five days. Nothing overly exciting to report here.

Published three blog posts including this adapted family recipe for flourless hazelnut shortbread that are incredibly easy to make but nothing short of delicous and another round-up of my favourite links from the week.

Bought my first issue of Women’s Health mag in what must have been more than a year. I used to buy it every month for a long time but then suddenly stopped. The fact that I don’t read a lot of magazines at all – aside from my absolutely favourite business magazine, brand eins – I still have a hard time investing in anything other than the basics  [i.e. food, hygiene products and the likes]. So yes, to most of you this wouldn’t be an accomplishment but for me it sure was. Let’s see if I will talk myself into it next month, too.

Cleaned my apartment, including the floors. I may or may not have skipped this in previous weeks but there’s just something to be said about clean floors. No matter how shortlived their existence in this state is …

edible perspective_brownies

Baked two double batches of these brownies for the reception my parents held at their office. Two tips here: 1. Doubling this recipe is not recommended as twice the amount of batter is hard to mix together using just a spoon. 2. Easiest way to ‘chop’ lots of chocolate: put into a plastic bag. Let out any frustration you might be holding by crushing it with a rolling pin or heavy water bottle.

Attended said event. To be honest I really really didn’t want to. For numerous reasons, one of them being that I was ridiculously tired at the end of the work week. Looking back I’m glad I went because one uncomfortable encounter – as well as the stupid decision to wear new shoes that led to hurt feet –  aside it was quite nice. An opportunity to get to know people I’d only ever heard of but had yet to meet. Proof I should seek those chances more often.
Not to forget the evening meant I finally got to use one of my favourite parfums  again 😉 – I’m unfortunately sensitive to it so can’t use it too often.

The One - Dolca and Gabbana perfume

Showered only three times [Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday]. Okay before you go all ‘ewww!’ – it’s not as gross as it sounds. For one, showering every day isn’t beneficial for our skin. Our grandparents, maybe even our parents, will still remember times when showering just once or twice a week was the norm. I usually shower between three and four times a week, more in summer if I sweat a lot [though I don’t sweat a lot to begin with]. Yes, there are days when I feel like showering but it’s not really necessary so I remind myself this is one of my small contributions to environmental responsibility.

Read every day again. Maybe I’ll talk about one or the other of the books I’ve been reading in a currently post at some point because all of them are so good. I’ve probably said it before but I really don’t know how I went for so long not reading books regularly.

I obviously did more than those things listed but once again forgot to take notes of what happened during the week and right now my mind is all over the place.

Let’s not end this on a gloomy note: Tell me about your life and accomplishments lately. Yes, I talked about life not being happy happy joy joy over here right now. But I would rather not dwell on this further in the comments – let’s make those about you!  I’d rather be distracted than think about what’s happening even more than I already do.

Happiness-inducing today:  A conversation with my mum that might not have been the most cheerful but was good for the mind and soul.

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Good good links #166

… and just like that it’s Sunday again. Also it’s the second to last weekend of October – pinch me! – and I can feel Christmas coming closer and closer. Granted, supermarkets have made us feel that way for weeks already but you know what I mean, right? Time to get stressed about get those gift ideas sorted out. Are you the well-planned gift buyer or the hectic last minute shopper who’d rather not talk about this right now? In that case: go ahead and procrastinate by delving into some of the great posts I found during the past week. You’re welcome.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

Stop the internet, I want to get off via Forever Amber

A must-read for any blogger or actually, anybody who has ever come across hatred on the internet – and sadly: who hasnt? . or anywhere else people spread hurtful words uner the cloak of anonymity.

Working at a Health and Fitness Company Actually  Made Me Less Healthy via Greatist

How peer pressure and the focus on the wrong indicators of fitness and health can harm us. Progress and success look different for each of us.

Some Thoughts on Being “Fit” via The Balanced Blonde

Do you never feel ‘good enough’, think you should be doing harder, running faster and pushing on, too? I think many of us still need to learn to appreciate their current state.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other great posts]

My 10 Rules of Adulthood via Cowgirl Runs

Lessons learned from playing this game called life – what matters, how to handle the ups and downs, get sh*t done and stay happy.

Allow yourself to be human via Chase the Red Grape

Deep down we’re all connected by one thing: being human. Great reminders of what that means and why we should be easier on ourselves at times.

Mindful Eating Placemat to Remember to Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food via Summer Tomato

The weight loss-specific notes aside I really like the idea of this.

If “Off-Limit” Foods are Sabotaging You, Read This via Corinne Dobbas

One of the – at least for me – mentally most challenging parts of getting back in touch with intuition but.

Is Sitting Truly the New Smoking? via hello healthy

Too much of it definitely isn’t beneficial to our health. Here’s how much movement a day we need and how to get it in regularly throughout the day.

Why You Need To Completely Detox Your Life via Career Girl Daily

These are the only kinds of detoxes I’ll ever promote. Now to stop procrastinating on #2 …

How To Stay Optimistic Even When Your Life Isn’t via Change Your Thoughts

Some great advice and reminders for those going through a rough time right now. I particularly like #4, 5, 8 and 9 – okay and actually all of them.

 

Blogging/Work

5 Tiny Ways to Be Thoughtful At Work via Apartment Therapy

It’s so easy and so vital to create at least some kind of relationships with the people you spend the largest chunk of your daily life with – even better if they’re good ones.

5 Ways to Stay Productive When You Have a Flexible Schedule via In It 4 the Long Run

Flexibility in your days sounds good at first but if you’ve been there before you know it doesn’t necessarily mean getting more done. These tips might help.

 

Fitness

Spell Your Name Workout via Food Faith Fitness

A fun idea for a  quick workout. Fingers crossed your name is Burpee-free ike mine ;).

 

Good good [food]

Cacao Paleo Banana Bread Cake with Almond Ganache (vegan) via Food Faith Fitness

Soft banana bread filled with and covered in almond butter ganache? Amazing.

Paleo Vegan Maple Cream Frosting via Texanerin Baking

Admit it: you’d want to just eat it by the spoonful, too.

Pumpkin Taco Bowls with Apple Guacamole via A Whisk and Two Wands

So many amazing components coming together in this bowl of – I am certain – deliciousness.

15 Iron-Rich Vegan Food Combinations via The Full Helping

Iron can – but doesn’t have to be! -. tricky to get enough of with a plantbased diet. This post explains in detail how to make sure you’re getting enough.

Autumn Vegetable Paella via Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

The seafood classic got a vegan and seasonal makeover – and it looks amazing

 

Happiness-inducing today: Reading and resting after a hectic few days.

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Flourless Hazelnut Shortbread [vegan]

Grandma’s cookies gone healthy! These gluten-free vegan hazelnut shortbread cookies are a family favourite  – but with no refined sugar, no dairy and wheat-free, too.

Who knows best when it comes to cookies? Right, grandma. She’s the avid baker supplying the whole family *with tin upon tin of cookies every Christmas season. Sounds familiar? It’s been that way in my family forever. Both of my grandmas have dedicatedly spent hours upon hours, no, days, of their lives in the kitchen during the colder months to provide many a family member, friend or neighbour  with their amazing baked goods. Each of them creating certain varities that I have yet to  seen either in stores or other families. How amazing is it to think that every family still has those recipes that are handed down from generation to generation? Just me? Oh well.

*we’re talking six children and their families in my maternal grandma’s case here

Gluten vegan hazelnut shortbread cookies - just seven ingredients, no refined sugar, easy to prepare and a family favourite!

Today’s easy hazelnut shortbread cookies are actually a kind I used to overlook and probably consider tin fillers among the more exciting varieties for years. Yet somehow the adults of the family knew better all along and enjoyed these cookies’ simplicity and nutty aroma. How right they were. Only lightly sweetened but full of hazelnut flavour which was heathened by a rim of dark cocoa. Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies are a favourite with all adults in my family, especially when accompanied by a cup of coffee. Dunk- or dipping highly recommended.

Gluten vegan hazelnut shortbread cookies - just seven ingredients, no refined sugar, easy to prepare and a family favourite!

Because grandma’s cookies are neither vegan nor gluten-free, much less healthy I adapted her recipe. They’re still cookies, not health food but with whole grains and less refined sugar these Gluten-free Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies are a more nutritious alternative to the usual offerings in the cookie jar. Oh and another note: while the long instructions make it look like a complicated recipe it’s actually beyond simple. Win-win!

Gluten-free Vegan Hazelnut Shortbread

(yields ~ 30+ cookies)

1/2 cup of hazelnut meal [60 g; can grind your own in a high speed blender]
1 cup oat flour* [125 g]
1/4 cup of coconut sugar [50 g] + 1 tsp of cornstarch
Scant 1/4 cup of cornstarch [50 g]
1/2 cup of coconut oil, softened but not melted [125 g]
1 tsp vanilla
~ 1/4 cup [20 g] of unsweetened cocoa powder

*use certified gluten-free if necessary

  1. Place the coconut sugar and 1 tsp of cornstarch in a blender. Pulse until the sugar reaches a powdery consistency and lighter colour. Voilà, you just made your own powdered coconut sugar. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, hazelnut meal and cornstarch.
  3. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla on high speed.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture while mixing constantly until a smooth dough forms. You might need to knead with your hands to get everything well combined.
  5. Place your dough into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
    In the meantime, line a sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once the dough is ready, preheat oven to 300 *F/150 *C. divide dough evenly and roll into two logs.
  7. Coat a large plate or cutting board with enough cocoa – you don’t want to see your surface anymore. Roll dough logs in cocoa until thoroughly coated.
  8. Slice logs into coin-sized cookies. Place on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake cookies for about 20 minutes. The centre of the cookies might still be a bit soft at this point but they harden as they cool.
  10. Let cool completely before eating.  Don’t try to pick up cookies right away to avoid ending up with crumbs all over the place!

Gluten vegan hazelnut shortbread cookies - just seven ingredients, no refined sugar, easy to prepare and a family favourite!

I’m linking up with Allergy Free Wednesdays#RecipeOfTheWeek,#StrangeButGoodGluten-Free Fridays,Tasty Tuesdays,Healthy Vegan Fridays, Meatless Mondays.

Happiness-inducing today:  Getting to pick up a few things from another place while at work, hence getting some fresh air and movement in. A much appreciated break from sitting at my desk for hours.

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