Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Almond Chocolate Cookies

So, as part of combating my son's anemia, we have eliminated dairy from our diet. After reading some if the ingredients on the Almond Milk in the store, I decided to go ahead and make my own (not too hard and not too bad).

As a result, I had a lot of almond meal sitting in my fridge.

I was craving cookies after a long week of interviews and decided to try making some with the almond meal I had before it went bad (yes it can, smells nasty! ). After searching pinterest, I had a few ideas and set about making baby friendly cookies.

The recipe:

2 cups almond meal
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 need coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp ground flax seed

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix ground flax seed and and water in small bowl and set aside.

Combine almond meal, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

Add remaining ingredients, asking with flax seed and water mixture and completely combine (make sure to really combine otherwise see cookies will be less chocolaty). You may stir the mixture, but I found using my hands worked better.

Make small balls (1-2 tbsp each) and place on baking sheet a few inches apart. Slightly flatten each one with hand or use a fork to create an indented design.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Makes 24 to 36 cookies depending on size.

I served mine with strawberries and blueberries or peanut butter. The best part to me is that this cookie dough is edible raw :) (you could even add chocolate chips or homemade Nutella!)

A great treat, high in iron and bioavailable. Yum

In love and light

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This Last Week

This last week has been a whirlwind of interviews, cleaning, baking, freezing meals and doctors appointments.

Some of you know that about a month ago, my Little One got sick with a cold that has inexplicably not gone away. It resulted in a panicked call to the pediatrician when his fever spiked suddenly as his father has a history of seizures with fevers. Little One has been very tired the past few weeks and it looks like we finally have an answer.

Anemia

Little One has low iron and hemoglobin, not uncommon in preemies, but stressful because it can cause problems like low oxygen which affects brain development.

So my blog is going to take a slight turn. I'm going to be sharing recipes that I am using to help boost his iron as well as some budgeting and organization ideas that are helping me stay sane while running a daycare, business and going back and forth from the doctor and therapy.

Thank you all for your love and support, it means so much to us!

In love and light