One of my dear friends, Diana Bauman from My Humble Kitchen, just released a wonderful holiday cookbook – *Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday – featuring her family’s favorite whole-grain, naturally-sweetened cookie recipes.
And although I’m living a grain-free life, as I know many of you are as well, I just had to share this gorgeous book for two simple reasons …
First, for those of you here who aren’t grain-free and are either just starting out on your real food journey, or are tried-n-true veterans who are looking for some amazing delicious whole-grain holiday cookie recipes that taste great without compromising good nutrition, this book is for you! Second, many of you who are grain-free may have friends and family who are not. Guess what? Diana’s book is a beautiful way to share how holiday baking can be delicious, fun and nourishing.
In typical fashion, I’ve also talked Diana into allowing me to share a fabulous recipe with you – a traditional honey-sweetened Spanish candy called Turrón – as a small taste of the delicious surprises that await you and your family in this beautiful whole-grain holiday baking book. Of course, I must admit that I hand-picked this particular recipe not only because it’s one of the two grain-free recipes in the book, but moreso because it represents a special family tradition for Diana and her family. And I believe building and celebrating family traditions is one of the cornerstones of creating special holiday memories that last a lifetime!
Turrón de Navidad is a traditional sticky, chewy candy made with three simple ingredients. This delectable recipe is just one of the many holiday treats featured in Nourishing Cookies for a Healthy Holiday.
- 1 3/4 cup roasted almond slivers
- 1 1/2 cups pure honey
- 3 egg whites
- Roast the almonds at 375F for 10 minutes mixing them up halfway through.
- In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat; gently bring the honey to a slow boil. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat off, and set aside.
- Whip the egg whites to a thick glossy meringue. Carefully, fold the meringue into the honey.
- Once the meringue has been folded into the honey, bring the mixture back up to medium heat constantly stirring
- for 15-20 minutes. The meringue honey mixture will soon increase in volume. As you keep stirring, it will condense itself until a thick caramel has formed. Also, the color will slowly change from a light brown to a deep burnt orange. The bottom of the mixture may start to burn a bit which is okay. It adds depth in flavor. *To test if your mixture is thick enough, add a bit to a plate and immediately place in the refrigerator. After a minute or so, if it hardens, your mixture is ready.
- Once the honey mixture has thickened, add the roasted almonds and mix through.
- Quickly pour the turron mixture into a parchment paper lined dish, 11” x 7”. Immediately, place another piece of parchment paper directly on top of the mixture which will allow you to press it down and prevent anything from sticking to it.
- Cool in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before slicing and serving. YUM!
P.S. Join Diana for an amazing 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food! It all starts in January!! And I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the incredible journey she has in store for us!
this looks great, my local supermarket is selling this for $15 for a small box so will make it myself, have you ever used pistachios instead of or as well as almonds? thank you
I haven’t tried this recipe using pistachios, but I sure do love them. Let us know how it turns out. Blessings, Kelly 🙂
I just received this email and the sale has already ended(Nov. 22) but I will go take a look at the book.
Hi, Janet. For some reason Feedburner resent this via email out to everyone even though this is an old post as you can see from the date. I am so sorry. The coupon is expired. Again, I am not sure why this went out as an email today, we’re checking into it. Some kind of glitch with google-feedburner? APOLOGIES!!! 🙂 Kelly
I tried the discount code and it tells me coupon code expired. When does the coupon start?
Hi, Paula. For some reason Feedburner resent this via email out to everyone even though this is an old post as you can see from the date. I am so sorry. The coupon is expired. As noted in the post, it expired on Nov 22. Again, I am not sure why this went out as an email today, we’re checking into it. Some kind of glitch with google-feedburner? APOLOGIES!!! 🙂 Kelly