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Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

Every recipe on this blog is my own original effort and idea, so please pass 'em on, giving credit where credit is due.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

More Chocolate Cookies for School -- nut free, grain free, gluten free, sugar free ... Yahoo!!!

I like to pack a variety of stuff in my son's lunch for school -- broccoli, spinach, carrots, cubes of cheese, a couple of these healthy cookies, a muffin -- to keep him fuelled all day, and also give him stuff he'll enjoy. These are actually a reasonable snack as well as a tasty little treat. They are a big hit with our friend the cookie monster up the street. His mom might even have added a little peppermint flavour to them for that traditional delicious chocolate mint cookie sensation. Gotta try that myself!!!


1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil (organic and unrefined)
1 cup pitted honey dates
1/4 cup water
2 eggs

1/2 cup raw cacao
1 tbsp ground vanilla bean
1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup shredded coconut, ground
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup black sesame seeds, ground
1/4 cup white sesame seeds, ground
1/2 cup ground raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup ground chia seeds

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup finely ground pumpkin seeds


1. combine the hot water and dates, then puree with an immersion blender. Add the coconut oil and puree again. Finally, add the eggs, and process with the immersion blender until smooth. 

2. stir in the raw cacao, vanilla bean, and sea salt. If you are nuts like me, you can add a little black pepper. This is a good time to stir in the baking soda.

3. I put all the pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, and sunflower seeds into a food processor to grind it up. I ground the chia seeds, flax seeds, and sesame seeds in a coffee grinder, and stirred them all into the date, egg, and cacao mixture.
4. when all the ingredients are fully incorporated, chill the dough thoroughly
5. roll small spoonfuls and place onto lined baking sheets
6. flatten with a wet fork and bake at 345 for 16 minutes
7. cool on a wire rack
8. store in an airtight container when cool

makes 4 dozen 
These cookies will keep well for a couple weeks in the fridge

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