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November 20, 2013


I’ve been wanting to make this post for the last three days, and finally I’m able to.

Do you know those weeks where you have something you have to do every single minute? Or plans for every hour? Well, this is one of those weeks. I usually make time for blogging, since it is one of my top favorite things to do, so not being able to blog means I really haven’t had the time.

Take this day for instance. All of my morning-lessons were cancelled, so I didn’t have to go to school until 12. So I decided to do all my homework in the morning, so I’d have free time in the after noon. But no… In biotechnology we are going to make a big presentation about cancer (very interesting actually). There are 5 groups who will work on different things and to make sure everything comes together perfectly me and two others have been picked out to be some kind of helpers or heads. I’m very happy I was picked out. It just means we have to know everything.

So I went home and read 35 very difficult (even my teacher said they were difficult) pages. That took some time. (But it really was interesting. I’m a geek, I know ;) )


After that I went to the school again to watch the musical made by students. I should have loved to participate, but unfortunately they practiced on Thursdays, where I babysit. Such a shame! But instead I got to watch a really good musical.

Did I ever tell you that I’m actually participating in another big musical in my town? It is the best thing ever!


Too much of not talking about christmas cookies. Sorry guys.

A vert traditional Dansih christmas “cookie” is pepper nuts. And they have absolutely nothing to do with nuts. Well, they are the same size (I guess that is the reason for adding “nuts” to the name). Tiny spiced cookies. An all-time favorite.

I made these a little healthier by making them completely wholewheat (I mainly used oat flour) and by omitting refined sugar. There are sweetened with maple syrup instead. But don’t worry – you won’t be able to tell at all. I’ve made different people taste them, and they all liked them.


Pepper Nuts, healtified
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  • 50 g. butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cup oatmeal flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. cardamom (can be omitted)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/ 390°F
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter and add the maple syrup. Take off the heat.
  3. In a big bowl mix together all dry ingredients (you can make your own oatmeal flour by grinding oats in a food processor).
  4. Mix the egg into the butter/ maple syrup. Make sure the butter and maple syrup mixture isn't too hot - otherwise the egg will harden.
  5. Stir the butter mixture into the dry mixture.
  6. Transfer to a pipping bag and place small dollops of dough on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake to 4 mintes. I made 5 baking sheets.
  8. Turn down oven heat to 100°C/ 210°F
  9. Place all the baked pepper nuts on a baking sheet and dry them in the oven until crispy. This'll take around 20-30 minutes.


8 responses to “Pepper Nuts, healtified”

  1. Elise Caira says:

    I wish I could just have you teach me how you make the pictures look so amazing!

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

  2. Wow!! These look delightful!! Perfect for Christmas time!! :)

  3. Lovely recipe! I am nut for nuts I can’t just eat one portion oh Josefine your killing me!!

  4. Silke says:

    Hi! I discovered your website recently and I love all the recipes! You seem to like the same foods as I do, so I’m going to try out some recipes soon!

    I was surprised to see that you have “pepper nuts” in Denmark, as I always thought they were a typical Dutch thing. For Saint Nicholas (on the 5th of December) we always eat “kruidnoten” (spice nuts) and “pepernoten” (pepper nuts) and they are very similar to the Danish version. I think I’ll make the Dutch version for Saint Nicholas and the Danish one for Christmas ;)

    • Hi Silke. Thank so much for your lovely comment :) That totally made my day

      I was so surpriced when I went to The Netherlands some years ago and discovered you have pepper nuts too! That’s so funny.
      I love your Saint Nicholas holiday. Sounds so wonderful. I think I have to find a recipe on Dutch peppernuts in time for that holiday.

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