Here it is! The recipe I’ve been teasing you all with a picture of this week. These cookies are moist but slightly crumbly, sweet but slightly savoury and a whole lot of delicious! I’ve taste tested them on 3 people and as they’ve chewed into the cookie each person has had a similar reaction… “ooh, interesting… nice… ooh coconut… oh wait a minute… peanut… mmm… different… I like them!”. So I’m reporting that as a successful taste test and so now I present to you… Peanut Butter & Coconut Cookies.
I won’t beat around the bush with this one, I’ll just dive straight in with the recipe and pictures. Hopefully you will be drooling over the photos so much that you will definitely want to make these. And then you will taste what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Ingredients: (makes about 6 medium sized cookies – double recipe if you have a larger family!)
- 1/2 banana, mashed up with a fork
- 1 tbsp. organic runny honey
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, I used crunchy so that the final cookies would have little peanut bits in them
- 12 Vanilla Stevia Drops (see pic right) OR 1 tbsp. stevia powder plus 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 12 dark chocolate drops to decorate (optional) (more…)
For those of use who have been eating clean for months or even years, we may not have realised it but this way of selecting natural, wholesome ingredients that are free from added sugar, salt and chemicals has probably become like second nature to us, it’s a way of life, it’s just what we do now. But how do you know when you’ve reached that point where you don’t have to think too much about it and how long does it take to get there? I’m going to look at what changes you need to make when you start your eating clean journey and how things might progress, until your eating and food-shopping habits are just a way of life, they’re just ingrained in you at root level. I also want to briefly ask the question, can we ever truly eat completely clean with the best will in the world, do we even need to, and if we miss the boat occasionally does it matter?
When I discovered eating clean a few years ago, it was at a time in my life when I had suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for many years, that would leave me doubled over in agony at the intestinal contractions that were happening in my lower gut. I want to say that eating clean saved my life but that’s a little dramatic as I wasn’t exactly dying. In truth, eating clean did turn my life around from an existence where I would always be sure to have anti-spasmodic tablets with me and would get anxious at the thought of going anywhere out of the ordinary because of fear of an IBS attack, to a life that was relatively carefree and didn’t require me to worry about the embarrassment of an attack when in public. Once I started eating clean my symptoms subsided and a few months later I was celebrating not having had any IBS symptoms for weeks on end. Hurrah! The final single ingredient that I discovered that COMPLETELY made me pain free I will tell you about later in this post. (more…)