I have mentioned again and again that life has been active for us these past number of weeks, resulting in an upswing of baking and cooking to calm my buzzing mind. Work has been especially busy in the most wonderfully, engaging, dynamic way. However, one of my amazing, spectacular colleagues is not only in the midst of our normal 9-5 routine but happened to also be smack in middle of hell week (the week preceding a show opening) for a musical she is producing. There isn’t much I can do to share her load. However, the one thing I know how to do well is prepare food, and I have learned from experience that cookies quell a whole myriad of woes. So with her in mind I began to adapt the traditional coconut macaroons to concoct this truly paleo, gluten-free version. Now for the most part my food is not the least bit Pinterest worthy. I focus more on the use of simple, whole foods rather than my photog and photoshop skills. So needless to say I was a touch excited when these gems turned out to be perfectly pretty little domes. These treats not only taste good but they look great too. Culinary win! Continue reading “Paleo Coconut Macaroons”
When I started upping my recipe game again last week, my amazing, talented friend Joanna (the woman behind Wellness with Joanna) commented how happy she was to see me back in the kitchen. Her encouragement (always) means a lot since she is one bad ass healthy lifestyle powerhouse. If I can accomplish half of what she does when I am a mama of two I will consider myself a massive success. So with her prodding I figured I would just keep all the new recipes coming your way instead of hoarding them on my computer.
This version of my cookie recipe came about after our (seriously wonderful) friend Sophia took a stab at my Flourless Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies. However, since the peanut butter she used was runny (or perhaps non-stablized) they didn’t firm up they way she had hoped. Non-traditional/healthy baked goods can be finicky because when you are trying to cut ingredients out you are messing with the tride and true chemistry of baking. Also, the texture and consistency of goods such as peanut butter vary wildly which impacts the overall product when you are skipping the flour. So be patient with the product and be creative with the process. Anyhow, last weekend we had a lazy Sunday of church, binge watching the Jinx and baking. This afforded me ample time to find a solution to Sofia’s predicament by adding a little PB2 to my dough. However, during the process Jameson sweetly requested something with a hint of chocolate. So I threw in some chocolate chips and the result was pretty great. Enjoy! Continue reading “Flour-less Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies”
Last week I made Quest-Style Protein Bars for the Crossfit NYC open WOD secret Santa. This week Jameson drew our lovely, sweet fellow west-coaster, Kaylin. Again Jameson was away in the midwest most of the week traversing state lines so I pitched in to help prep her gift. I wanted to make her a treat to reward all the hard work she has put in during these grueling work outs, while still being mindful of overall healthiness. I played around with my traditional cookie recipe to create this completely flour-less cookie that is as healthy as a cookie can be. Better yet, you only need five ingredients to whip them up, and you only mess up one bowl in the process. Thus prep and clean up is moderately effortless. Happy Saturday! Continue reading “Flourless (almost Paleo-ish) Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies”
As you know we have been church hunting non stop since arriving in NYC. Then alas through Crossfit Jay met an exceptionally wonderful girl who invited us out to church. Thanks to her generous and inclusive spirit we have cultivated the most exceptional church family, and met people that really have changed how homey New York feels. Every other Thursday there is a bible study, but I have been cooped up in a lecture hall every Thursday night this semester. So it is with great excitement that I exclaim that tonight is my first evening of freedom to enjoy the company of those we have come to hold dear. Horray! So naturally with two finals and three summer classes stand between me and mastering all of education I decided to bake cookies for tonight rather than crack a textbook (It seems to be a theme this year). So please enjoy the fruits of my procrastination. These rich, seriously delicious cookies do not disappoint. Continue reading “Chocolate Drop Cookies”
So it’s official. I have a cookie problem. One that I cannot even dignify with a valid defense. Midterms kicked it into high gear, and the job hunt has fueled the fire. The evidence against me has been building up over these last few with post after cookie post, so now all I can do is admit it. I love cookies, and these peanut buttery treats are no exception. The inspiration for this batch came via the fact that my mom is visiting my grandparents and I am not so secretly wishing I was back on the west coast with them all. My grandma makes hands down, the best peanut butter cookies known to the human race. So I tried my hand at a version, that is vegan, and isn’t too loaded with anything that will kill you. So indulge and enjoy. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Cookies”
I have officially worked my brain to capacity. 30+ peer reviewed articles and legal statutes later and I think I have enough knowledge to craft an adequate position paper on the martial rights of persons with disabilities (fingers crossed). I have left a permanent impression of myself on my couch the past few afternoons as I have chipped away at my scholastic to-do list. So what I need now is refueling, both mentally, creatively and physically. Which is where these cookies come in. I have a basic cookie dough recipe I tend to use for the base of all my cookies and lately I have been craving ginger snap, so I decided to play around. The result was fantastic on the first attempt.
Oh, and they’re vegan.
And another thing, the only real molasses in them is in the brown sugar. So they’re healthier than the traditional variation of this cookie.
Alas, in my books today was a successful day -cookies and academics included. Continue reading “Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies”