{Recipe} No Bake Bakewell Thumbprint Cookies

by Jemma on November 21, 2014

in Recipes

There are some classic cake and biscuit recipes that shouldn’t be tampered with.  Has anyone heard of healthy version of the traditional shortbread?  Meh, me neither and I tried, I really did, to make a healthier version of one of my favourite biscuits but I failed epically.

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Luckily, there are some classic recipes that can be adjusted and tweaked to create something as equally as good but also full of nutritious.  Gingerbread, chocolate brownies, red velvet cake and apple pie have all been changed up into healthier versions and morphed into different baked goods from the original.  I tried my hand at Cherry Bakewell Granola, which worked really well.  With the release of the new and elusive Bakewell Nakd bar, I thought I would have a go at making my copycat version with a bit of a twist.

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No Bake Bakewell Thumbprint Cookies
Yields 8
A no bake, low sugar and gluten free spin on the classic Bakewell tart!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 8 pitted medjool dates
  2. 1/4 cup dried cherries
  3. 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  4. 1 tsp almond extract
  5. melted dark chocolate
  1. In a food processor add the dates, dried cherries, chopped almonds and almond extract and whizz up until a crumb consistency forms.
  2. Take tablespoon lumps from the mixture and roll into a ball and place on some parchment paper.
  3. Flatten the balls with the palm of your hand and make a well in the middle of each cookie with your thumb.
  4. Allow the cookies to firm up in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  5. Melt the dark chocolate for a few minutes in the microwave and fill the thumbprint wells with the melted chocolate.
  6. Let the chocolate set and enjoy with a cup of tea.
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These are seriously easy to make and ready in 10 minutes with the exception of the firming up time in the fridge.  In fact, if you can’t wait that long to try them you could just make them in to snack balls and forget the last steps.  For a simple homemade snack these are great to have on the go.  I think even the novice bakers among you will be tempted to make these delights as there is no baking involved and only 5 ingredients.

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I managed to get 8 cookies out of these because I scaled them to large Jemma size portions, but you could easily get 12 smallish cookies out of these.  I love that these are gluten-free and low in sugar too.  To make these completely raw you could use raw dried fruit and almonds and make your own raw chocolate, which would also make the recipe vegan too (or use dairy free chocolate).

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These will store well in the fridge or the freezer if you can’t keep your hands off them!

Do you have a favourite snack bar?  Which of your favourite cakes/biscuits would you like to see made into a healthier form?




My desert island healthy living products

by Jemma on November 20, 2014

in Health


Thankfully, how healthy living is defined today varies from person to person.  The majority of society has finally woken up (albeit there is still some progress to be made in some areas) to the fact that healthy living is subjective and has finally recognised that we are all individuals; I’m definitely a supporter of the ‘one size does not fit all’ movement.  

I’ve previously blogged about the more non-everyday products that I like to use.  I do like to think of myself as an ‘amateur foodie’ and experimenting with different ingredients is all part of it; however I’m not convinced that fancy superfood powders are essential for a healthy lifestyle, which is open to opinion.  Let’s face it, they can be expensive and when I think back to earlier times I’m sure they weren’t sipping on wheatgrass shots or using protein powders.  Of course these more unusual products do have their place in healthy living, I do believe that their inherent healing and health properties are useful, but not necessarily essential. 

my favourite products 1. Coconut oil//2. unsweetened almond milk//3. free range eggs//4. sweet potatoes//5. dark leafy greens//6. coconut water//7. dried fruit and nuts//8. oats//9. dark chocolate//10. natural sweeteners

I often get asked what my desert island food items would be for a healthier lifestyle.  When making my list, I was surprised to find that all the items were all pretty ordinary, nothing extremely exotic or unusual at all.  I really enjoy eating good honest and simple food, which is both healthy and delicious.  Hopefully that comes across well on the blog and my recipes are typically created using ‘regular’ ingredients that everyone would have in their store cupboards at home.

There is an online survey where you can win the nation’s top 10 favourite food items for sharing your own store cupboard essentials. 

 Which healthy living products would make your desert island list?  Do you think that superfood powders and more exotic products are necessary for a healthier lifestyle?

*In association with Tombola, all opinions and content is my own.



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