i know it's been a bit quiet on the ole blog ... been doing a bit (actually a lot) of reflection and was contemplating where i want to go with my "voice" over here in my little part of that big wide web of words that exists ... there are so many wonderful websites, blogs, intelligent articles on anything and everything you can dream of or want to explore ... so i was thinking: what am i saying here, what do i want to say and/or talk about and does it even matter?
as it's my year of LIGHT i've been overhauling lots of things in my life ... reorganizing, purging like a crazy woman, reading lots of books on organizing, simplifying (i know what's new!!??) and all this physical lightening has led to thinking about lightening on a more visceral level as well ... yup, i am examining it all ... work, family, relationships, friendships, blogging, scrapping, health ... digging deep as brene brown would say ... asking why, what, who, where, when and how about many facets of my life ... i don't have all , or maybe any of the answers and probably never fully will, but i do know that in order for me to feel LIGHT i need to let go of the unrealistic, self-imposed expectations i have of myself ... at this point i am still writing this blog as an extension of my personal scrapbooking/journalling ... i'm not trying to turn this into a job (yet!!??) ... and with that original, sort-of, mission statement way back in 2010 i've decided to go back to that intention, posting when the spirit moves me, because somewhere within the last 5 years (hard to believe it's been that long!), i got caught up trying to post a certain number of times a month, having consistent content ... blah, blah, blah ... so rather than promising you something i can't attain or may even want to achieve, i only recommit to posting when i am inspired to do so ... whew!!
so with that off my chest (feeling lighter already my dear friends, family and faithful readers!) i am going to share these amazing little bites of healthful goodness ... i have baked a batch of these almost every week since january 5th!! the recipe is straight out of Bread & Wine ... claudia & i are addicted and they are SUGARLESS, FLOURLESS & EGGLESS!!! when i read the recipe i thought, hmmm maybe??? might be good?? ... frankly, i am from the school of thought, that why would i bake something without those above delicious ingredients?? ... well i was proven wrong, these breakfast cookies are great ... now, will they knock your favourite gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookies off their pedestal - no!! but they can and will replace any granola bar or processed-type baked good trying to pass itself off as healthy!!
so, if you're looking for something easy to go along with a piece of fruit and your latte as you head out the door in the morning, this is the ticket my friends!! ok enough praising these little babies, just head to your kitchen (maybe after a quick stop at the grocery store!) and try these ...
3 large ripe bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil (warmed so it's not solid)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
2/3 cup almond meal (i found it in the organic section of the baking aisle)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut (ok i lied there is a little sugar, but you could use unsweetened if you choose)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup (60% cocoa) chocolate chips (oops, just a touch more sugar, so i guess i really lied about the sugarless part - sue me or omit them!)
In a large bowl, mash the bananas very well with a fork, add in coconut oil and vanilla. Add the oats, almond meal, salt, baking powder and rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined and mixture comes together. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto 2 oiled baking sheets to make 12 large cookies. Flatten them a bit and shape them into a circle. (you could also make smaller cookies, but i feel more virtuous (ha) thinking i only ate one big cookie rather than several smaller ones ... but it's up to you!) Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes and till browned a bit on the edges.
and let me know what you think of this healthy cookie ...