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Paleo almond cookie and mini muffin.

For quite some time, I’ve been reading about the Paleo diet. Finally, as a token to the endless tradition of making resolutions on New Year’s Eve, I have joined the crowds, and made a resolution of my own. I have decided to try out this diet, for at least a month.

Paleo is not just a diet, but a way of life. As a holistic view, one should eat right, exercise daily, and sleep well (and… keep un-stressed). Sounds logical, no?

The very basic nutritional diet rules rely on the right proteins, fats, carbs and veggies. Nothing new here, right?

Well, as Paleo goes (or primal, caveman, stone-age diet), one should NOT consume refined sugar, refined salt, dairy, legumes, gluten, and processed oils. More or less.

Oy!! Then what have we left to eat??

Grass-fed meats, wild caught fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables. More or less.

Read the basics here.

Left to brighten my coffee with only almond milk (and I must confess, I’m slowly getting off coffee as well), I needed that something comforting to chew on, next to my coffee.

It didn’t take long for the aha moment to arrive.

As I make my own almond milk (easy peasy, see previous post), I’m left with all that almond pulp, which leads to… almond cookies.

for 25-30 cookies, you’ll need:

  • almond-date left-over pulp from 3 cups of almonds (that were used for the almond milk);
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut;
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder (try not to use the dutch processed one);
  • 1/3 cup raw sesame seeds. Some seeds, sesame among them, may be considered Paleo, yet they contain high amount of omega 6 fatty acids (compared with its low omega 3 content), which is not so good. Rule of moderation! I find 1/3 cup for 25 cookies to be OK. You can definitely play around with the quantity. Take some off, add more coconut…
  • 2 Tbs raw honey, or pure maple syrup, or any combination. Those sweeteners are sugary and processed, and honey is fructose, so they are not ideal per-Se, but in this case I go for moderation again, thinking these 2 Tbs are divided among 25-30 cookies. You may want to try Stevia or dextrose. Lemme’ know if you did, and the outcome.
  • 3 eggs
  • optional : dates.

how-to:

heat oven to 350°f, and grease baking paper (in the pans) with coconut oil.

combine all ingredients in a bowl (excluding the optional dates).

Almond milk pulp

drop a spoon full of dough onto baking sheet, and then press it down slightly with the back of the spoon. keep them around 1 inch apart.

don’t move girls

another option is to fill a greased mini-muffin pan with the dough.

finally, you can add small chopped pieces of a date by pressing them onto the cookies or mini-muffins.

into the oven they go for 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven, until the cookies are beginning to tan. Let cookies cool outside the oven for 10 minutes.

mini muffins in pink

now, I (and you) can enjoy one (or two) cookies with our coffee.

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I am so proud of myself, that I needed to brag. I just never knew that making an almond milk could be so easy.

sweet almond milk, home made

sweet almond milk, homemade

Lately I have been trying to find new kinds of “milk” besides cow’s milk, as the latter felt too heavy.

The almond milk  that’s found in the stores isn’t just almonds, but has other additives. So, in my search, I found a great site, full of  explanations about the different milks (cow, soy, nut) and a recipe for homemade almond milk. Guess what? It worked, and it’s so EZ, Not to mention- white and sweet.

I made mine with less dates- thus less sweet, and didn’t use cheesecloth or a “nut milk bag”, but a regular strainer/sieve.

without further ado, turn to choosing raw.

Cheers !

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I first noticed these sweeties at the Indian store. Of course I bought them, and they looked and tasted yummy. Online, I found this recipe, but have decided to make mine a little different, with the ingredients I had at home, and no butter. These are gluten free, but if you don’t care, you can add wheat, oats and more, to your taste.

I usually chew down a few balls right before I start my run, for a boost of energy.

Now- you’ll need to excuse the lack of exact quantities, as I made them without measuring.

ingredients for date energy bombs

sweet and crunchy

you’ll need:

  • 1 handful pistachios
  • 1 handful almonds
  • 1 handful walnuts
  • 1 – 1.5 cups of pitted dates or pitted date mixture*, or half of each combined together
  • 2-3 tablespoons tahini (100% ground sesame seeds paste)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or silan**

how-to:

  1. throw walnuts + pistachios + almonds in the food processor, and chop chop- yet- not till it’s powdery, but way before that, when the mixture has small chunks that you would feel in your mouth.
  2. add dates + tahini + honey (or silan), and mix till it’s blended to a nice, soft mixture that kind of sticks together. If you feel that it falls apart, add more dates and a bit of honey.
  3. with hands, roll mixture into little balls, place on a tray and into the freezer they go. Take out or move to the fridge for a softer bite.

notes:

* date mixtures can be found in specialty cook stores or any middle eastern or indian stores. I find the regular pitted dates to work great !

** silan is honey made from dates. Can be found in the kosher isle of some stores. Reg. honey will do !!

***finally, add-ons: almost anything yummy can be added to compose a real good snack: cocoa powder, coconut powder or flakes, any kind of nuts, puffed kamut/rice/wheat, chia, quinoa, corn flakes, old dried cookies, sesame seeds, etc. Also, instead of dates, you can put figs, or a combo of both.

Deliciouso !

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