Hello everyone! How’s your week going? Are you reading anything good? I’m back today with a book I’ve started this week and a recipe I’ve been wanting to share since last year! Hope you enjoy 🙂
I decided yesterday that I wanted to have raw cookies for breakfast this morning. It’s been some time since I made these because my dehydrator was in the process of being fixed. I have a love hate relationship with my Sedona dehydrator because it functions very well, but it’s required repair three times since I got it five years ago! When I say fixed, I mean they send me the part and I fix it, haha. So, my warranty is up now and I’m hoping that I’ll at least get another good year out of it.
This particular raw cookie is my own creation. I’ve made so many different recipes and finally just decided to make them the way I want, with the ingredients I enjoy. Here’s what I did.
- 2 Cups Almonds
- 5 Dates (Pitted)
- 2 TB Raw Honey
- Half cup soaked raisins (soaked overnight in water – save the water)
- 2 TB Coconut Oil
- Half tsp. cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Cacao nibs (roughly 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- Chopped dark chocolate (roughly 1/4 cup)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
The first thing you do is put your almonds into a processor and give a few pulses until you get a course meal.
Now add in your coconut oil, honey, a few tablespoons of your raisin water, and the dates. Blend this up until it gets nice and sticky.
Dump this into a bowl and add in everything else until well blended. I use a microplane to grind up fresh nutmeg. Also, Bob’s Red Mill has a nice shredded coconut that doesn’t contain sulfites.
Form these into flat cookies by using a cookie scoop or spoon and by smashing them in your hand.
Line them up on dehydrator trays. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your oven on the lowest temp, but you won’t leave them in very long.
I ended up with about 20 cookies.
You need to dehydrate these for at least two hours at 117 degrees. In order for these to be considered raw, they have to be dehydrated at or under 118 degrees, so to be safe, I go with 117. Six to eight hours is best because they stay soft inside, but develop a crust on the outside.
I ended up dehydrating some apples too which will take a little longer. I’ll do a post on dehydrating later. These cookies are delicious!
Making your own almond milk at home is so simple and super delicious. It’s not the same as store bought!! You won’t be heating this up to high temps like the milks at the store, and it’s made from fresh soaked almonds and water.I think I’ve shown this method before, but here it is again in case you missed it. I like to add in a little honey, vanilla, and cinnamon as well.
Here’s what I do:
Soak about 1-2 cup of almonds in a jar with fresh water over night.
In the morning, rinse them well. Add them into the Vitamix or other blender and fill that back up with about 4 to 5 cups of fresh water.
Blend until completely smooth.
Now, you’ll dump this into a nut milk bag seen here. Squeeze all the milk out into a glass bowl. Save the pulp for cookies later!
Add this strained milk back into the Vitamix, add in a few more cups of water, and put in any additional ingredients you prefer. I like to use 1-2 tsp. of vanilla, 1/2 to 1 tsp. of cinnamon and a TB of raw honey. Blend it up and store in jars in the fridge. You’ll get close to 10 cups of almond milk with this recipe.
This morning I was really craving a warm drink. What I did was add a few cups of the almond milk into a pan and I warmed it up. I added a dash of freshly ground nutmeg. Don’t heat it a lot, just give it a little warmth to take the chill off. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy.
This Week’s Book
This week I finally started a book I’ve had since last year titled The Last Panther. This will be another buddy read with my 11-year-old. We finished One For Sorrow last week and it turned out that we both enjoyed it and rated it 5-stars. I’m hopeful we’ll love this one just as much.
The Last Panther
Eleven-year-old Kiri has a secret: wild things call to her. More than anyone else, she s always had a special connection to animals.
But when Kiri has an encounter with the last known Florida panther, her life is quickly turned on end. Caught between her conservationist father, who wants to send the panther to a zoo, and the village poachers, who want to sell it to feed their families, Kiri must embark on a journey that will take her deep into the wilderness.
There has to be some way to save the panther, and for her da and the villagers to understand each other. If Kiri can’t figure out what it is, she’ll lose far more than the panthers she’ll lose the only home she’s ever known, and the only family she has left.
My Thoughts so far…
In the first few chapters, Kiri and Paulo are waiting on the beach as netters reel something in from the ocean, but nobody seems to know what the creature is. Is it a fish, or just salvage? The Witch Woman comes to explain what the creature is, but will they believe her? Kiri needs help from her ‘da’ who will let them know what this blue-eyed creature is and what to do with it.
After reading the first few chapters of the book, I love the story and characters so far. I can tell I’m going to like Kiri and her best friend Paulo. Kiri’s pet rat ‘snowflake’ is also introduced and her ‘da’ is coming into the story which I’m assuming is her father. So far so good!