I used to make these cookies ALL. THE. TIME! I totally forgot about their existence somewhere along the journey of striving for health. I was watching my new favourtie show, Scandal, while I remembered these easy peasy cookies. First of all, Scandal: have you guys seen this show?! I always heard it was worth watching but I was leary as I'm SO not into politics at all. Turns out, there is more than enough drama and gossip to keep a girl like me entertained. It's also a story line written by Shonda Rhimes, the same writter for Grey's Anatomy. I'm a long time lover of Grey's although I did take a break when it got all musical on me. Anyways, Scandal-do it. There are 4 seasons and I'm embarassingly all caught up now. I'm a TV episode binger. I can binge watch seasons of fabulous story lines in no time. It's quite powerful (yet sometimes scary) how I can get completely lost in a story. I'm the same way with novels. When I was a teenager I would pull all nighters and stay up until the very last page was read. I just could not allow myself to fall asleep without knowing how the story ends. Back then, I read a lot of Lurlene McDaniels novels which were all heart wrenching stories often featuring main characters with life threatening illnesses or injuries.
I would stay up and read these emotional stories and cry. My mother was confused and always asked me why I read them if they made me cry. I never really knew how to answer her. But I clearly liked the feeling of...feeling. I was drawn to non fiction stories from such a young age. Til this day, novels and films/documentaries that are based on true stories (or are realistic) are my absolute favourite. I am always so fascinated in knowing that these tales did in fact happen, or that they were plausible. It has been a year and a half since I've read a novel. I read a Jodi Picoult book within a few hours while grazing in the sun on vacation. I was lounging on a floating matress on an empty pool and opened the book to page 1. An hour into the story my husband was getting antsy. He asked if we could go do something-explore. I said I couldn't until I was finished the book. I am a fairly quick reader so it did not take me too long but I did not move until that last page was turned. Don't worry he was fine-he occupied himself by going back to our club house and fetching us some bevy's. Win win for me.
I love reading but I honestly lose sleep if I start on a novel. Recently, my co-worker asked me if I wanted to be part of her book club she was creating. I knew I had to decline if I wanted to live a life where I still blogged, created recipes, have energy to massage my clients all day, and maintined somewhat of a social life hahha. This is why recipe and diet books are my best friends. They are easy enough to put down and pick back up at another time. Yay for food.
Speaking of food-these cookies. I magically remembered these old staples of mine. I knew they would be easy enough to "clean up" and I even added hemp hearts to the mix for a great source of essential fatty acids and protein that both offer anti inflammatory benefits. I will be trying the addition of protein powder next time I whip them up as well. I did add some brewed organic coffee simply because I'm a sucker for anything chocolate AND coffee flavoured. You can easily swap the coffee for any milk or milk alternative you desire. These take under 5 minutes to prepare and only a few minutes to solidify once they hit the fridge or freezer. Of course, I wouldn't judge you for skipping out on the cookie formation step entirely...eating this "batter" straight from the pot is just as tasty! I hope you guys enjoy this "Nuttified" cookie recipe as much as I do!
Chocolate Coffee Cookies (no bake)
*Makes 12 cookies
- 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1/4 cup ghee (or coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee (or milk/milk alternative)
- 1/4 cup all natural almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 2.5 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1.5-2 cups raw oats
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts (optional)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- In a medium pot, stir together the coconut palm sugar, ghee, coffee, almond butter, and cocoa powder and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and stir for another 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add 1.5 cups of oats first, hemp hearts, vanilla and sea salt.
- Stir until thoroughly combined and add the remaining 1/2 cup oats if mixture looks very sparse and needs some bulk (I also like to use unsweetened shredded coconut sometimes too). Drop the mixture onto parchment paper in tablespoon sized dollops.
- Transfer the cookies to the fridge or freezer (I personally prefer the freezer) to solidify before serving.
- Store any remaining cookies in the fridge or freezer as well. (Again, I prefer the freezer).
Is anyone else out there addicted to stories or am I all alone? Do you guys prefer fiction or non fiction and why?