Fig and Saffron Cookies

A few weeks ago, I was asked to recommend a website with gluten free cookie recipes. Looking at a few different websites made me really want to bake some cookies! I have been trying a few different variations of cookies made with saffron for a few months now. In the first batch, there was too much saffron. The second batch was a bit too dry. The third batch was good, but had that slightly metallic saffron aftertaste... The forth batch, this one, was a winner! Yes!

This recipe is GF (x2) and based on my chocolate chip and triple almond cookie recipes, with a few small modifications. That recipe has been so easy to adapt and play around with... Note that I did not add any sweetener to the cookies other than the figs so they are not overly sweet.

Fig & Saffron Cookies


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or (grass fed) butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 8 black mission dried figs
  • 8 strands saffron, crushed
  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Optional - mini dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  3. Place coconut oil or butter, vanilla and egg in a food processor. Pulse for around 10 seconds, just until everything is combined\r\nAdd the figs and saffron. Pulse again until the figs are incorporated into the batter. Small chunks are OK
  4. Add dry ingredients to the food processor and pulse for another 20 seconds, just until everything is combined
  5. Roll into balls with a few mini dark chocolate chips
  6. Place on baking tray and flatten slightly with your fingers (the cookies will expand a bit)
  7. Bake at 350 for 11-15 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. Time will vary based on your oven 

We have been able to get some more skiing in, which has been awesome! We skied at Cypress a few weeks ago on a Sunday evening. It was quiet, well lit trails and I managed to gain a lot more confidence going downhills. Then last weekend we gathered some of my athletes/friends and headed to Mt Washington for the weekend. We skied around 14km on Saturday, mostly on blue trails, which was a first for me. It was about double what I had done the week before, and the last 2km were pretty ugly because my arms felt like they were about to fall off. I am pretty sure the last time my arms were that tired was 8 years ago, before I stopped swimming... The next day, some random guy gave me a tip that made a huge difference for my 'lazy' left leg and I was able to ski a lot more consistently, especially uphills, other than face planting up a hill because I lost my arm/leg coordination. Who does that?! I could not stop laughing at myself. A total of around 20km for the weekend was pretty good for being a beginner, I think!

Derek, Andrew & Mark decided to enter a 2km predicted time TT on Sunday. I'm pretty sure they all failed because they went much faster than their predicted time, but they had fun & I had fun taking snaps of the action.

Then this weekend Andrew and I went to Whistler because Andrew decided to enter the Sigge's Payak. He raced the 30km and ended up 11th overall. Pretty good for a guy who only skis once a week, mostly with me (aka slow, as I try to gain confidence and learn the technique). He is loving the racing and plans on entering the 50km at nationals at the end of March. My goal is to get better at skate skiing and try a biathlon next year. I know I can shoot, so that is a start, right?

After the race, we skied for a bit and I was still getting frustrated with my left leg not doing what I know it needs to be doing. It was better than before, but still not right... My heel just kept moving up in the boot (just on that foot), so I decided to take advantage of the mini expo at the race and demo a pair of women specific skate boots (I have a unisex combi boot right now). I should have known it would make a world of difference, given I am so picky about shoe fit when I do bike fits. I was actually able to get my left leg to glide properly and my heel was snug in the shoe. The problem? Now I want a specific model that is pretty pricey. Darn. Spring ski sales here I come!

I have taken lots of pictures at the race and finally created a photography gallery so I can post them all... I will set it up over the next week or so and share the link once it is done.

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