Sunday, January 2, 2011

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies is cold outside, and inside!  I am currently wrapped up on my couch with a blanket and my heated rice bag.  Oh, and I am wearing my down booties and my warm winter coat.  Why must it be so cold?!?

As of a few days ago I no longer have a TV!  The other day, while I was making dinner, I had the tv on so I could listen to the news.  All of a sudden I heard some really loud popping noises and then my tv went dead.  Every time I tried to turn it on it would do the same popping and turn off.  I was kind of afraid that it would electrocute me!  When I went to bed that night I told myself that I am going to sell off all my tv stuff and do without tv.  Oddly, that was a slightly scary thought.  Sad.  I figured that I have plenty of other things I could be doing with my time, like reading, blogging, studying and knitting.  So far, so good.  Although I do use the internet to watch free tv shows.  Currently it is South Park.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and SAFE New Year.  It was just another day for me.  There has been something about last year that made all the "holidays" seem less important/exciting to me.  I think it is partially because I am on my own and don't really have close friends or family near me.  And I also think that it is because I have finally realized how materialistic most holidays are.  People buy THINGS just to buy them.  I saw a young woman give another young woman a plain, grey, long sleeved shirt as a present for Christmas.  The receiver could have bought that herself.  She probably already has one just like it.  The present had no meaning, no love, no thought, no creativity.  Watching this exchange made me feel very sad inside.

As I have gotten older I have become less concerned with things.  I have a hard time buying something if I already have it.  I can't remember the last time I bought a t-shirt or pair of pants.  I am buying things when I need them, because I don't have it.  And I am buying better quality things when I do purchase new items.  I guess I just don't want to be burdened by all the things that can clutter my life.  I have become very minimalistic...except when it comes to cooking and my kitchen.

And with that...onto food!

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

The original recipe calls for cashew butter, but since I had peanut butter on hand that is what I used.  This is a very yummy, little cookie.  It definitely has a coconutty flavor from the coconut flour, but it wasn't too sweet.  Try not to eat too many!

1/2 Cup roasted cashew butter, or peanut butter
1/2 Cup sucanat
1/2 Cup coconut flour
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Flax egg*
1/4 Cup almond milk/water ( I used hemp milk )
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

*1 Teaspoon of ground flax whisked together with 3 Tablespoons warm water.  Let sit for a few minutes.

Mix together nut butter, almond milk, sucanat, vanilla extract, and flax egg in a bowl.  In a second bowl mix together salt, coconut flour and baking soda.  Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients together.  Mix until fully incorporated.  Form into balls and use fork to create criss cross pattern.  Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Let cool completely before eating.

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