IT'S SNOWING! IN PORTLAND! This brings me a ridiculous amount of joy. I was afraid that our move to the Pacific Northwest would mean the end to one of my favorite parts (snow) of my favorite season (winter). And then...bam. We awoke to a snowy wonderland and the added bonus of getting to enjoy it without the inevitable urine soaking that NYC enjoys sprinkling liberally around any time the white stuff hits the ground. Plus, Portland has practically no snow equipment meaning that the streets remain untouched and silent in an entirely unique PDX way that my East Coast battered eardrums have come to relish.
Prior to the Snowpocalypse we had been planning to attend a Death Cafe (Editor's Note: To learn all about this pretty fantastic and extremely PNW concept, go to www.deathcafe.com) gathered by a few of our closest friends and members of our meditation group. I baked up some cookies in anticipation. One of our friends is allergic to eggs, dairy, tree nuts, and chocolate and I've been really trying to stick to a paleo and no/low refined sugar diet because it's made a huge difference in both my energy, anemia, blood sugar balance (did I mention I recently discovered that I'm pre-diabetic?), and overall health. Hence, these delicious morsels. Made from Gina's recipe on soletshangout.com (fabulous paleo-friendly food blog). Some are just sunflower butter and the ones pictured above are a combo of almond butter and sunflower butter. But the biggest fun thing about these is, as I learned upon pulling them from the oven and allowing them to cool: apparently maple syrup and sunflower butter work a little magic in baked goods and turn them green. Like Emerald City green. Remember these for St. Patrick's Day. Or if you have a kid who happens to love science. Or if your favorite color is one that L.L. Bean has been loving on for years.
chocolate chunk, sunflower seed + almond butter cookies (recipe by Gina on www.soletshangout.com)
1/2 cup almond butter (or sub for 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter)
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 - 1 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips or Mega chunks (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients, except chocolate if using, until well blended. Add chocolate if using. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop heaping tablespoons, approximately 3 drops to a row as the batter spreads when baking. Sprinkle coarse sea salt on top if desired.
Bake for about 15-16 minutes. Gina recommends 18-20 but mine burned at longer than 16 minutes.
Allow to cool and watch the green-tastic magic happen. Then stuff in your face with a warm beverage. Ridiculously delightful.