Independence Day Wheatless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on July 3, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wheat-free CookiesWhatever you do, please don’t call it the 4th of July.  And please don’t go about celebrating it mindlessly!  Perhaps by calling it by its rightful name, Independence Day, a name which invokes the struggle and the purpose of our hard-won freedom, we will celebrate with awareness.  We struggled then for Independence from an unfair and distant government controlling us and in some ways we are facing a similar struggle with our current government which is out of touch with the citizens.  How can our leaders exclude themselves from laws they pass for us with a clear conscience?  How can they make careers of governing when our government is supposed to be of the people, people who serve as leaders and then return to normal life?  Our founding fathers were not fuddy-duddies from olden days who don’t understand modern life.  They were stunningly brilliant.  They had lived with unfair and tyrannical government and they set up our country with many safeguards to keep us free.  We must make sure these diligently planned guidelines aren’t allowed to erode and decay into the same kind of country they left.

For Independence Day, what could be more American than chocolate chip cookies?  Keeping with my new wheat-free living, I’ve adapted the standard recipe and wow!  These are amazing!  Don’t go worrying about the sugar and things like corn flour.  These are a treat.  Simple as that.  Remember:  small quantities of high quality…mmmm.

Wheatless Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. white sugar

1 C. pure farm lard/organic butter/melted coconut oil mix (or any one of the 3)

2 eggs

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1 t. vanilla

2 C. mixed flours (I used 1/2 C. each:  coconut flour, oat flour, almond flour, 1/4 C. garbanzo bean flour, 1/4 C. millet flour, then after mixing and trying the first batch which spread out too much I added 1 C. oatmeal and 1 C. corn flour – perfect stiffness to the dough)

Nuts and chocolate chips – about 1 1/2 C. each or to your liking.  Today I used slivered almonds, but walnuts are nice too.

Mix everything together in the order listed because the oils go in nicely on top of sugars.  You don’t want the coconut oil seizing up on you even though it would probably melt in during baking.  After I made the adjustment with oatmeal and corn flour they were perfect.  Even the first batch, though thin and crispy are delicious!  Bake at 350° until brown, about 15 minutes.

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Superfood Granola Bars Made Simple

Posted on April 16, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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We ran out of the first batch of these so fast I had to whip up another so they were on hand for this busy work week.  They are really nice to grab and go and know you have something satisfying and healthy.  They are just a little sweet, enough to feel like a treat without producing a blood sugar storm.  They whip up in a flash, too!

Ingredients

10 large pitted medjool dates

1/4 C. + 1 t. melted coconut oil

1/4 C. nutmilk (or I was lazy here and used a heaping T. of tahini and some water)

2 T. chia seeds

1 T. vanilla extract

Process above in food processor to make a paste. Add the next group if you have a large processor, otherwise transfer to stand mixer.

1 1/2 C. rolled oats

1/2 C. healthy flours (I used a mixture of buckwheat and millet)

1/4 C. shelled hemp seeds

3/4 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

Mix well with the first group. Then add right at the end:

1/4 C. cacao nibs

1/3 C. mini dark chocolate chips or pieces hand-chopped to be small

Spread into a bar pan.  Batter will be very stiff.  Use a piece of waxed paper to press the mass into place.  Cut with knife or pastry cutter into the size you want.  I like them small so I can eat 2.  It’s a mental thing with me!  Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes.  A little shorter time for softer bars, a little on the long side for crunchy bars.  You decide!

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