I call these cabin cookies because they are rather rustic and remind me of cabins and drinking Gluwein, mulled wine, around a big warm fire. If you have never tried Gluwein, you are seriously missing out.I had my first sip 7 years ago when my German mother-in-law served it to me with a plate of Lebkuchen and gingerbread. It’s a Holiday ritual around here now, and on cold nights we warm it up with some sticks of cinnamon and enjoy it with cookies.
This year, I made some delicious cookies to eat for the Holidays, but spruced them up to include more wholesome ingredients.
Buckwheat flour , which I do use often , is the ugly duckling of the flour family, yet it is one of the nuttiest and heathiest whole grains. Let me reveal a secret: it actually has a hint of spice to it. When you try it, you will say to yourself ” Whatever is that hint of spice?”. It tastes Christmas-y.
Buckwheat is not a grain or type of wheat, but is actually classified as fruit. Confused yet?It contains all eight essential amino acids, so it’s nearly a complete protein. Buckwheat is also high in fiber , B vitamins and, according to a USDA study, keeps glucose levels in check better than other carbohydrates.
Because I was feeling particularly daring and ill after having too much dairy and wine over the weekend, I used buckwheat, as well as some other healthier ingredients for these cookies: dark chocolate, walnuts and coconut oil. This ganache is the kind of thing a girl could pull out of the fridge and eat by the spoonful if she was having a particularly bad day..
not that I ever do that...
I urge you to try these, and you will see what I mean about the Holiday-feel of these cookies.
Oh, did I mention they are vegan? That was purely by accident, but a happy accident nonetheless.
Here are some more ideas for you to incorporate buckwheat flour into your diet:
You can find buckwheat at your local health food store.