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There are a lot of traditions in Sweden linked to food, especially around holidays. One of them is eating Lucia saffron buns or in swedish Lussebullar on 13th december. My boyfriend enjoys this tradition very much even though he doesn't use to eat bread and baked goods, so I decided to make a raw twist on this traditional swedish recipe.
Saffron is a spice loaded with vitamins like vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium and vitamin B6. These relate to the body for blood sugar regulation, calcium absorption and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as the healthy formation of tissues, bones and sex hormones. Vitamin C fights infection, iron purifies the blood and potassium helps balance fluids in the cells.
The recipe is very simple, using a few ingredients and the result is absolutely delicious. Perfect for Christmas to enjoy sweets in a healthy and sinless way. The cookies are completely sugar free, gluten free and raw vegan!
Raw Saffron Lucia Cookies
2 cups pulp from coconut milk or almond flour
1 1/2 cup fresh dates, pitted
1/2 tsp saffron
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder or 1/2 vanilla stalk
2 Tbsp raisins
Place all ingredients except the raisins in a food processor and process until you get a formable dough. Form to S shape or simply to a small balls and decorate with raisins. Place in freezer at least for 3 hours to firm up. You can store them in fridge. Enjoy!