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”
Some moments are for life. This weekend was one of those moments. We filled our days with good Friday services at Hillsong, coffee dates in Greenwich Village, Easter Sunday services, bocce in Fort Green park, potlucks in Brooklyn and the most exceptional, imperfectly perfect people. So although this was our first major holiday without family (and we missed them bundles), we consider ourselves truly blessed to be able to spend it the way we did and with whom we did.
My contribution to our Easter potluck was Cilantro Lime Bean Salad, peanut butter cookies and Naniamo Bars (get excited fellow Canadians). Being from Vancouver Island, Naniamo bars to me are ubiquitous with cupcakes, cookies and brownies. So naturally upon moving to NYC I figured everyone had been enlightened to their awesomeness. I was shocked, no, I was horrified to learn that even my fellow Torontonians had no idea what I was babbling about. So this Easter potluck I set out to rectify that atrocity by trying my hand at what for me I had always considered a super complex dessert (I prefer simple, no fuss no muss baking that reaps rewards quickly).
My dear friend Alyssa, filled me in on her little tip that if you place each layer in the freezer for 30 minutes it makes the processes a little more seamless. So with that in mind I decided to stick to the basics and took the recipe right off the city of the Naniamo website (although I couldn’t help but throw in a few of my own twists), and after one batch of burnt chocolate and a forgotten egg in the first crust I alas mastered these delicious treats. However, my sincerest apologies because in terms of food photography this post gets a below failing grade, only because we were having too much fun enjoying our company to craft a pretty picture (and Jay had to cut the bars with a spoon because I forgot a knife. Opps.). So regardless of the aesthetic, enjoy as you soak in the amazing Canadian-ness that are Naniamo Bars. Continue reading “Our Easter Weekend and a Nanaimo Bar Recipe”
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”