my sisters kids pretty much think i just eat vegetables. once my niece even told all the mom's from her kindergarten class that her auntie "only eats spinach".
i definitely like vegetables, but i also really, really like treats.
it's all about balance.
so when i had all three kids staying with me this week we spent a lot of time talking about (and eating) food. we had make your own pizza night and make your own salad night (by their request, I swear). we ate larabars and hummus on rice cakes in the back of my car. we ate celery. we ate 4 candies each at the candy store. we made homemade cherry ice cream without any sugar in it. we discovered that my 3 year old nephew's favourite nut is macadamia. we bought cucumbers and drank 'spicy water' and made waffles and pancakes and scrambled eggs.
and we also made cookies.
the kids decided that chocolate macadamia nut cookies would be the best choice. i didn't have a good recipe on hand so we made some lucky guesses and ended up with these, which turned out amazing. they aren't the healthiest, but they are gluten free, could be dairy free and are definitely a good treat post salad-filled dinner and a super active treat-less day.
here's how you do it.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid but slightly soft, i.e. summer consistency)
- 1/4 cup butter (or just more coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup cane sugar
- 1 large organic egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
- handful each of chopped macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips (we were pretty heavy on the 'handful'.
First, beat the coconut oil, butter and sugars together to combine. Then beat in the egg. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients (except the oats, nuts and chocolate). Stir to combine.
Combine the dry bowl with the wet bowl until fully mixed.
Add in the oats, nuts and chocolate. Stir until evenly distributed.
Roll into tbsp sized balls and bake in the oven at 375 for 10- 12 minutes until the edges start to brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and then devour.