Monday, July 7, 2014

Care Packages and Cookies

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain

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I don't consider myself a big blogger, sometimes months go by before I post and then other times, amazingly, I post twice in one day like today. 

However, it seems that no matter how small my world on here is, in reality it stretches far across. And the friends that I have made are really truly friends as I discovered today. 

I got the sweetest package in the mail after I posted about how sad it was to lose our contract on our dream house.

 After following Beth for a while I discovered that she lives close to where my family has a lake cottage in Canada and I love her recipes and travel posts and the everyday life she writes about so eloquently. She has always left the kindest comments on my blog but I never imagined one day receiving the nicest care package in the mail from her. 

A beautiful bracelet and two books I cannot wait to read!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Powell and Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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I'm staring at this gorgeous piece of jewelry and the light catches the orange stones and I feel humbled. I can't express what it means to have someone that lives so far away thinking of you and wanting to brighten your day. Thank you, Beth!

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I've been wanting to share this vegan cookie recipe that I briefly mentioned in my previous post and today seems like the perfect time.

Cookies are not easy to make sugar free as I've learned but they are nearly impossible to make with whole wheat flour. They just don't have that crisp edge and soft middle and chewy texture if you merely swap out for whole wheat. So I've given up on eating cookies until now.

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Ever since my Mom has been gluten-free she has been making mocha chocolate cookies that should be called crack cookies because they are so darn addictive.

I'm not vegan but I think one thing that makes them so good is the coconut oil. To me coconut oil very closely resembles butter in the way it tastes. I think it adds that crispy outer edge with the buttery middle. 

These are sweetened with agave nectar which I can tolerate since it's low-glycemic. And the almond flour just has a fantastic flavor.

If you try these you won't believe they are vegan. Nothing vegan should taste this good. Nothing.

You can buy almond flour at most grocery stores in the gluten-free section or you can make your own by grinding up natural un-salted almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder. 

I wanted to share with you both of these recipes for the chocolate mocha and the regular chocolate chip. Elana's Pantry is a gold mine of crazy good desserts and recipes, even if you aren't sugar-free or vegan but just want a healthier dessert.

The only substitution I made was using coconut oil which she uses in many of her other recipes. 

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Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies

2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
1/3 cup cacao powder
2 tablespoons organic decaf coffee beans, espresso grind
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl combine almond flour, cacao powder, ground coffee beans, baking soda and salt. In a smaller bowl, stir together coconut oil, agave and vanilla. Stir wet ingreidents into dry and then mix in chocolate chips. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a parchement paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Cool and serve. Makes 24 cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The recipe is the same except you eliminate the cocoa and coffee and add 1/4 cup almond flour.


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