Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

coconut flour cookies – gluten free & grain free

Not often does one get offered a giant bag of coconut flour because someone has just too much of it. So when my uncle offered me an extra bag he had lying around (my gluten-free aunt orders online in bulk because it’s cheaper), I was glad to take it off their hands :)

I left their home after dinner with arms full of goodies— coconut flour and bunches of collards and lettuces fresh from their garden. It’s been nice living close to them for 4 years of college; I never left without something yummy, usually homemade applesauce or jarred South Carolina peaches. mmmm.

Anyway, with more coconut flour than I ever thought I’d have in my possession (that stuff can be expensive!) I was dreaming up all the recipes I could add it to. And what did I settle on first? The classic chocolate chip cookie, of course. Except this one’s not so classic

I knew my aunt had been on a search for the best tasting gluten-free cookies, so I thought I’d add a homemade recipe to the competition. And it’s not only gluten-free, but grain-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and very low in sugar overall. The baked cookie certainly has a different texture than the classic—a bit more dense, soft, and dough-like—but delicious in its own way.

I absolutely love these cookies and could easily just eat balls of the raw dough as well. I know my aunt enjoyed them, and even if you’re not avoiding gluten you should give them a try! A soft, dense, chocolatey, coconutty, just-sweet-enough treat, without any of the guilt ;)

grain-free coconut flour cookies, adapted from girl meets life.

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 T agave
  • 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk
  • 3-4 T dark chocolate chips (I use grain-sweetened or dark mini chips)
  • other options: cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, chopped nuts
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May 18, 2012

snippets of life

I know. I’ve been slacking.

But with good reason – these past few weeks have been so filled with living. Celebrating, eating, drinking, beaching, partying, being with family, loving my friends, eating some more, and taking advantage of this incredible city I’ve been lucky to spend part of my life in.

Why? because I am now a college GRADUATE and am driving my life back home tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. And no, I can’t believe it.

Endings are particularly hard for me, and I could go on and on about the hurricane of emotions that have ran through me these past few weeks.

But I think I’m coming out of it with a positive outlook, realizing that in these four years I’ve grown to be intensely myself, with a confidence and passion I never had before. And I’m looking forward to the next adventure :)

Oh, and don’t think I forgot about the food ;) I promise I’ll have recipes (and too many photos) for you soon. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to and what’s to come…..

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