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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.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Hallowe'en Chocolate and or Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies-- Vegan hallowe'en treats

Today I made cookies to give out at Hallowe'en. I don't feel good about supporting processed food manufacturers, so I like to manufacture my own processed food instead. These spelt and oatmeal cookies tread the line between junky and okay. If you made them with coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, they would be more virtuous still. I made them vegan especially because I live in an area with a large South Asian population, and many of my neighbours are vegetarians. However, if you are not vegan, you can just sub in eggs for the egg replacer. Finally, they have the option of being chocolate chocolate chip or just chocolate chip. We made both!!!  Important note: I will label the wrapped cookies with my address and ingredients, so that they don't immediate get thrown in the garbage .... I hope.

photo by zephyr (4 years old)

photo by zephyr


1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water
2 tsp egg replacer + 1/2 cup of water mixed together (or 2 eggs beaten up)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract (optional)

1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp ceylon cinnamon
1 tbsp ground vanilla bean

4 cups large flake oats

1/2 cup raw cacao (optional)

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups organic spelt flour

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 


1. put the oats  in a bowl and set aside 
2. combine butter and sugar in a second bowl
3. mix in the eggs or egg replacer to the butter and sugar
4. add the vanilla extract and vanilla
5. add the ceylon cinnamon and the sea salt, add the water
6. combine the oat mixture with the egg/butter/sugar/water mixture, and add the cacao if using
7. let the combined mixtures sit for  1 minute.
8. add the baking soda and stir
9. add the flour, and mix well
11. add the chocolate chips, and stir well.
12. drop by spoonful onto a lined baking sheet. Flatten and shape with a damp fork.
13. bake in a preheated oven at 345 for about 14 minutes

makes 5 dozen  cookies

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