Raw Chia Cardamom Cocoroons

Raw Chia Cardamom Cocoroons

I love cookies. Who doesn’t right? If they weren’t so void of nutrition I’d likely be popping them all day. I used to be able to eat like that. In fact I used to eat so poorly that I’m surprised I didn’t have a coronary by my senior year.

In high school, I’d polish off an entire medium sized dominoes pizza for dinner and about 10-12 chips ahoy cookies for dessert. All.by.my.self. This was only after my McDonalds breakfast of 2 egg, cheese and ham McMuffins with 2 hash browns and my lunch of a double quarter pounder with cheese with a large fry and soda.

Yes… I’m serious. I ate like that nearly every day until I was 18. I was an active teen, playing water polo and swimming and I have good genes so I never gained any weight, regardless of the fact that I rarely ingested anything green or with much fiber. Although I didn’t get fat externally, my organs were obviously bearing the brunt of the abuse. I suffered from rampant infections; bladder, kidney and yeast, had intense heart palpitations, crippling headaches and I was sick 6-8 times a year. All the while I was never able to connect the dots. I had no idea that what I was putting into my body was affecting my health. Nutrition finally came to my rescue after highschool. I became a more aware individual in every facet of my life; I started reading more, expanding my consciousness and quickly concluded that I would die if I kept eating this way. I completely changed my diet for good by age 22, cutting out soda, fast food and gluten and I’ve never looked back. Now when I crave cookies, I make my own.

These little babies are bursting with healthy fats, fiber, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. They are still cookies and calorically dense so try your hardest not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. I managed to keep my hand out of the cookie jar after my first two. My little one was not fond of my restraint. She unarmed all of her big guns in trying to get cookie after cookie into her little hands. She’s a master manipulator, this one. She should really teach lessons in ‘getting what you want.’

Now that I’m a mama, I hope that I can strike a balance between guiding my daughter on her own path of healthy eating and letting her indulge once in awhile. Forbidding things seems to be the surest way to get children fixated on them.  Plus, I believe that life is about pleasure. These cookies allow my girl to satisfy her sweet tooth all while I inject her with some much needed nutrition. Everybody wins. 😊

Raw Chia Cardamom Cocoroons

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Ingredients – Makes about 12 golf ball sized cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Seeds from one cardamom pod, grinder

Process

  1. Grind cardamom seeds in spice or coffee grinder
  2. Throw all ingredients in a food processor and process for a few seconds, until batter starts to stick together
  3. Press batter into little macaroon sized balls (or whatever shape tickles your fancy)
  4. Enjoy a few now with a hot cup of tea and save the rest in an air tight container for future taste bud pleasing

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XO ~ Sam

Delicious superfood energy bars

Delicious superfood energy bars

I woke up this morning feeling pretty low. Truth be told, if left unchecked, my moods can be pretty erratic. Depression seems to run on my mom’s side of the family and it’s something I’ve dealt with overcoming much of my adult life. I will get more into that in another post. My point here is that I have my share of low energy days and dealing with a high energy toddler feeling like that, requires colossal effort. I’ve found that my best defenses against becoming overwhelmed in that situation are:

1. Deep breathing
2. Working up a sweat
3. Eating highly nutritious food

Since it isn’t always convenient to whip something up when feeling drained I make sure to keep some version of this energy bar in my fridge at all times. This lasts my family of 3 about a week. My 17 month old LOVES it which, if you have kids you know, is a huge win. It’s extremely simple to make and is chalk full of nutritiously dense goodies. I play with this recipe a lot and it changes almost every time I make it. I’ve included my favorite version here. It is a perfect jumping off point for you to substitute different ingredients you love and mix and match flavor combinations.

Cherry coconut cacao bar:

1 cup walnuts or almonds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup rinsed and toasted quinoa
2 tbsp mesquite powder*
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 cup dates
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or coconut butter

*Mesquite powder is a delicious high protein superfood that I include in many of my recipes for an easy nutrient and flavor boost. The powder is ground from the entire pod of the mesquite plant and has a sweet, nutty flavor. It contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and fiber.

Rinse your quinoa well and toast in frying pan on low heat until quinoa starts to brown and you smell it’s nutty aroma. Grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder, quite possibly the best kitchen tool ever, as I explained in my last post. Put all the dry ingredients in your food processor, then add the dates and cherries and process until everything sticks together well. Press into a lined pan or a glass Tupperware and set in the fridge for an hour or two. Cut into bars or roll into balls and keep covered in fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy your natural, healthy energy boost! Perfect for that pesky afternoon slump. 😊

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