Sunday, April 6, 2014

trail mix cookies {gf,v}

I don't really like cookie dough. It's typically too sweet, the texture can be odd, and overall it's just kinda meh. (I know, I'm a weirdo. Can we still be friends?) But with these cookies, I tried a bite of dough...and then found myself grabbing another. (and maybe a few more.) It was delicious. And after it was baked, the deliciousness level went through the roof. Seriously, soooo good. 

Arik said they reminded him of "monster cookies," a little peanut butter, a little chocolate, warm & gooey. We've got two different nuts, raisins, peanut butter, chocolate....these are some hearty cookies. They're just like my favorite trail mix rolled up into a soft and chewy cookie. Great for a healthy grab-n-go breakfast option or snack. (if you don't eat all the dough first.)

trail mix cookies
{gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free}

*1-1/2 cups gluten free quick oats
*2 tsp baking powder
*1/2 cup chopped almonds
*1/2 cup chopped cashews
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1/2 cup raisins
*2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
*1 tbsp molasses
*1 tsp apple cider vinegar (organic, with mother)
*1/3 cup agave
*1/3 cup applesauce
*1/2 cup peanut butter
*3/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chunks or chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Add the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nuts, raisins, & chocolate chips to large bowl and mix.
3. In another bowl mix the coconut oil, molasses, apple cider vinegar, agave, applesauce, & peanut butter.
4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry.
5. Drop by spoonful onto greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges are brown.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack.

Store in airtight container for up to a week. Makes about 2 dozen cookies. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

cherry pie bites {gf,v}

 Hello, hello. How is everyone today? Spring is definitely in full swing here. The green sprouts of grass and opening blooms are an extremely welcome sight (despite my protesting allergies).

Today's recipe is an easy one. But don't let the fact that there's only 5 ingredients fool you; together they pack a big punch. It's a medley of lightly sweet and perfectly tart, resulting in a fab cherry pie favor without any added sugar. I think Arik's exact words were, "it's like heaven in my mouth." Yeah, it kinda is. 
Except in heaven I'm pretty sure the dirty bowls and measuring cups clean themselves. 


cherry pie bites
{gluten free, vegan}

*1 cup raw almonds
*1 cup unsweetened, dried cherries
*7-8 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
*1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
*3/4 cup shredded coconut

1. Add almonds to food processor or chopper until finely ground. (You can also use 3/4 almond meal and skip this step).
2. Add the remaining ingredients to food processor until mixture begins sticking together.
3. Roll into 2-3" balls.

Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. Makes 12 bites.