Granola Chocolate Cookies – grain free

I made a big old batch of this grain free granola (and refined sugar free). It didn’t take off with much of anyone in the house (I like quinoa in things but not really as the main ingredient). Thinking I could use it for something someday, I put it in a plastic gallon bucket and stuck it in the freezer. Flash forward to today, I am getting ready to have snacks and food for our Classical Conversations Meet up and I am out of sprouted kamut flour (one of my main ingredients for healthy cookies). Knowing it would take me another 48 hours to make more, I scoured the freezer in search of random bits and pieces of g/f flours and ingredients. I came up with coconut flour, eggs, shredded coconut, and the quinoa granola. Grinding the granola into a mealy flour, I had just enough for some cookies. I try to use 4 cups of a nutrient dense flour (like sprouted kamut) and 2 cups of a nut flour. This is most economical for our large family. Sprouting my own grains not only minimizes the gluten and anti-nutrients in the grain, but it also is way cheaper than buying them online. Nut flours are a bit more costly, so I try to be more conservative with them. At any rate, the end result was a brownie-like consistency with just enough structure to make them into cookies. Here’s my best estimates of what I did:

photo credit (from Wikipedia – read up on quinoa here)

Granola Chocolate Cookies (grain free)

yields enough for my family for 2 days 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pastured butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 1 tsp baking soda, aluminum free
  • 1 tsp Real Salt
  • 1 TB vanilla extract, homemade if you have it
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 droppers vanilla stevia (or pinch of powdered stevia)
  • 4 cups blended granola (grain free recipe above)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Grind up granola in food processor or Blendtec.
  2. In mixer, add butter, salt, soda, vanilla, stevia, and eggs – one at a time.
  3. While mixer is running, slowly add cocoa, granola, and coconut flour.
  4. Add shredded coconut 1/2 cup at a time and watch your consistency – I add just enough to make it start to ball up into cookie like dough.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for about 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven.
  7. Enjoy!

Side note: I like using the shredded coconut as a thickener of sorts, kind of like you would use oats in a cookie recipe. And if you keep your coconut in the freezer, the coldness will help harden up your cookie dough, making it easier to spoon out. Hope you enjoy these as fast as my kids did! 

Yerba Mate Choffy Latte

What a fun name. Learning the health benefits of Yerba Mate tea, I have tried including it in some recipe. My new favorite hot drink of the season has been choffy with maca root the cream. I discovered choffy at a homeschool convention last year and had wondered what I could do with these cacao nibs I had. Perfect solution! I roasted them in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. I then ground them in my Blendtec. Here’s my recipe to include the Yerba Mate:

photo credit

Yerba Mate Choffy Latte

Makes about a quart

  1. Put  1/3 cup ground roasted cacao nibs into an empty quart jar.
  2. Add 2-3 TB roasted Yerba Mate loose leaves.
  3. Pour hot water to fill the quart and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add 1/8-1/4 cup cream or whole, raw milk to a small blender (like MagicBullet), and 1 tsp Maca Root powder.
  5. Blend up until frothy and powder incorporated (about 20 seconds).
  6. Strain out “choffy” mixture into a mug and top with maca cream.
  7. Sweeten with raw honey and/or stevia to taste.

Enjoy! I find this to be a great alternative to having a sweet treat or snack. Plus, superfoods never tasted so good!

BE a Modern Day Abolitionist – Set These Children FREE

If you have not seen this yet, you have to. 

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https://www.operationundergroundrailroad.org/

 

It is an operation to save children who are sex slaves – from the ages of 3 on up, kidnapped from their families and sold in the human trafficking horrors. Please donate and save a child from this nightmare. One child I heard was kidnapped from his own Sunday School class and is just now being rescued. It can be anyone’s child. If you have no money, the very least you can do it pray and spread the word. 

 

“To the children 
who we pray for daily, we say: 
Your long night is coming to an end.

Hold on. We are on our way.

And to those captors and perpetrators,
even you monsters who dare offend God’s
precious children, we declare to you:

Be afraid. We are coming for you.

To those who have read this far,
we plead with you: Donate to our cause.

Donate. We can’t do this without you.”