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Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies — My Lifesavers        

By Fredrica Syren:

These cookies are actually lifesavers. Yes, I said lifesavers. They kept me from going crazy after a crazy day. My day started at 4 a.m. with one little guy having a bad dream. I’d been struggling already because I’m fighting a cold, so in an attempt to get some more sleep, I simply hopped into bed with him, hoping that would calm him down. It worked. However, at 5:30 a.m., his baby brother thought it was rise and shine time, and woke up his siblings. UGH!!! As a result, the kids have been less than charming all day. So I did what I always do when I’m stressed. I baked. You see, these cookies were the sugar I needed to stay awake, the comfort I needed because I felt sorry for myself, and the perfect bribe to get my kids to help me clean up.

So please enjoy my lifesaver cookies☺

  • 100 g. butter, softened
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    Copyright 2015 Green-mom.com
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds used
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1//4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Preheat oven to F350. Whip butter, sugar and maple syrup until white and fluffy. Add cocoa powder flour and blend well. Add chia seeds, vanilla seeds and baking soda, and mix. Use wet hands to roll small balls and place on parchment paper. Sprinkle chopped nuts over and lightly press nuts in on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. They will be a little soft in the middle but will stiffen as they cool.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. It looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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