Cocoa almond cookies

January 22, 2018

Good morning lovely people!

 

I hope you all had a restful weekend and are busy kicking Monday's butt. My Monday is moving at a glacial pace, the fatigue of the holiday seems to not want to leave but I suppose we all get this feeling and trudge along to make things happen! As I have mentioned on my social media, I am trying to focus on the meaning of balance, and how I can achieve that for myself in health, fitness and mindfulness. It is really not an easy thing to do because life really does get in the way.  Here are a few things I try to do everyday (despite how hectic our days can be):

 

  1.  I leave my phone far away from me, so that I am not tempted to keep hitting that snooze button in the a.m. 

  2.  I drink a glass of water in the morning to wake my body up and replenish the water content lost while sleeping. 

  3. When I have my coffee in the morning I try to do so without social media being the first thing I see.

  4. I plan my day and decide when I can gym/run etc, to know that my fitness aspect is accounted for. 

  5. I drink my green tonic (which is on my Instagram) to clear my body of toxins and give me a much needed energy boost. 

So far this is what I do every morning to keep me as grounded as I possibly can be, and trust me, even though it seems like nothing, one or two of these items can easily be forgotten which derails me a bit during my day. I do my best to stick to it and when I can't I try and do it later in the day. 

 

As for this weekend, and taking balance into consideration, I baked these delicious cookies. They are gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free- Yaaaas!! They have a lovely chewy center and taste their best when they are fresh out of the oven and have cooled for about 10 minutes (if you can wait that long before taking a bite). Here is the recipe, I hope you all love it and if you are not a fan of gluten free etc. trying something different is always a good change and if then you decide it is not for you, you can always add sugar and half almond flour/half all purpose flour. 

 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 2 cups sifted almond flour

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tbsp. vanilla essence

 

Method:

  • Combine the coconut oil and maple syrup and melt over medium heat, once slightly cooled add the vanilla essence. 

  • Sift the dry ingredients together, and combine the dry and wet ingredients and give it a good mix. 

  • You will start to see the coconut oil separating from the dough which is normal. 

  • Start to roll the dough balls on a tray lined with parchment paper. I used a fork to flatten them slightly and create a nice design. 

  • Bake at 200C, for 8 minutes (monitor it carefully as everyone's oven is different).

  • No longer than that and allow to cool before eating them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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