Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Cookies (Paleo - if you are into that way of eating)

 Some munchie cookies.... 
IF you have no idea what a 'Paleo' way of eating is, do not worry. the idea of these cookies is that they avoid Gluten & Wheat & Dairy & High Sugar. They are not a 'diet treat' as they still have calories and fat BUT they are a very nutritious version of cookie. If i am going to treat myself i like to have a 'maximal nutrition' mantra. I intend that, the food i eat, be as nutritious and nourishing as possible without becoming a bit of a bore about it all.
 Second thing to note is: IF you do not already cook and eat in this way, then some of these ingredients might seem a little odd. Cooking in this way means cupboards full of non-standard baking ingredients. It also means a longer list of ingredients. And this is what people are talking about when they say ' A Way of Life' rather than a temporary 'Diet'. 
(i am happy to share some AWESOME websites where you can read more, just say)
This recipe is adapted by me from many similar floating around the interweb...

Heat oven to 170/180C

1/2 cup (i love cooking by the American cup stystem) Coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup softened Almond Butter (Peanut Butter if you choose)
1 or 2 Tablespoon Soft Brown Sugar (it needs some sugar)
1 egg
1 + 1/2 cups Almond Flour (i blitz my own almonds in a blender)
1/2 cup blitzed walnuts - so they are all broken down into a sand texture)
1/2 cup mixed seeds
 - I also added Flaxseed as i had some
Sprinkle of cinnamon / mixed spice if you choose
1/4 tspoon bicarb soda
1/4 tspoon cream of tartar (baking powder if you have no allergies or choose to)
A scattering of chocolate chips (non dairy if u want but good quality)

I mixed all these together in a bowl, adding 1 ingredient at a time.
CHILL in fridge for 20mins - yes, do this part.
Then bake on a greased parchment paper on a biscuit tray.
I use an ice-cream scoop to get all my cookies the same size - flatten them a little before you bake them but keep them a bit chunky :)
Bake for 8 - 10 mins - then allow them to cool on a tray before devouring.

And, because i am seeking comfort today, i ate these with a big pot of Chai (sweet spiced tea)
and this is a high sugar kind of a blow out day for me!! The less sugar i consume, the less sugar i consume.... and this is the lifelong journey of health that i appear to find myself travelling down....

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