EASY PEASY OATMEAL COOKIES

The easiest cookies you ever did bake. Only require two main ingredients, and all of the rest are optional - but highly recommended by someone who knows good cookies - Me. You can enjoy making a batch of these unique by including any of your favorite superfood or treats that you may have laying around the kitchen cupboards. These cookies can also be made entirely raw or are able to be dehydrated for a few hours and enjoyed as a chewy treat (read below procedure section.)

These make for a perfect dessert, breakfast or snack! You could bake a batch at night and enjoy a few on your way to work in the morning with a smoothie, juice or tea of your choice. They also make for a great snack when sending your child off to school or out for the day. The recipe and bake time is both simple and quick! Which is something that is a necessity when it comes to turning my oven on in this 85 degree Hawai'i heat.

Hope you love them as much as I (and my friends) do! 

Your first decision is to decide wether or not you like your cookies crunchy or soft. First world problems, I know, I know. 

If you prefer your cookies to be "smooth" and crispier on the inside, you'll want to run your oats through a high speed blender or food processor before mixing up the batter. If you like your cookies more like "chunky clusters," feel free to leave your oats in their whole form for this recipe. Sometimes I blend my oats into a fine flour, sometimes I leave them alone, and other times I pulse the oats for just a few secondss until I've found the perfect in-between texture. 

You'll notice in this recipe that I include some spices, super-foods and "add-ins," which make these cookies all the more delicious. To be honest though, you could just stir the oats and bananas together to make a simple, mildly sweet and really yummy "breakfast cookie." I'll talk more about possible "flavors" in a moment.

  •  Maca - Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for hundreds of years. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. It is said that Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys or battles. Maca is high in magnesium, potassium and calcium. 
  • Cacao - Cacao pods, which grow on Cacao trees has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Mayan. Cacao has been used for medical and preventative health purposes for hundreds of years. Cacao is filled with energy-boosting nutrients and minerals. Raw cacao contains magnesium which contributes to normal bone health and healthy immune function. Cacao is also one of the few foods which allows for successful absorption of copper and manganese in our bodies. It is also high in selenium and potassium. 

Here are some of the super-foods you will find in this recipe. All of these powders can be purchased with my own discount code here:

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RECIPE

(MAKES APPROX. ONE DOZEN COOKIES)

3 CUPS OATS (GLUTEN FREE OR REGULAR WHOLE)

3 RIPE BANANAS (SPOTTY IS BEST)

1 TSP. SUNFOOD MACA POWDER

1 TSP. CINNAMON

1 TBSP. MAPLE SYRUP

2 TBSP. SUNFOOD CACAO NIBS

6 PITTED MEDJOOL DATES

1 TBSP. RAW SUNFLOWER SEEDS

1 TSP. VANILLA BEAN EXTRACT


PREPARATION

Pre-Heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Now remove all pits from medjool dates and chop them into small pieces. Once you have decided wether or not to blend/pulse your oats, you'll want to grab a large bowl and mix all ingredients together until combined evenly (I find that using a fork to mash the bananas works best.) Stir Oats, Bananas, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Sunflower Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Maca Powder, Medjool Dates and Vanilla Bean Extract together. 

Here is where you can get creative. Other possible ingredients include but are definitely not limited to 

  • Vanilla Bean

  • Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips

  • Almond Butter

  • Dried Figs

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Raisins

  • Chopped Walnuts, Almonds, Brazil Nuts or Pecans

  • Coconut Flakes

Using a spoon, scoop cookie batter onto parchment paper lined baking tray (You may also use a non-stick tray if you choose.) Flatten cookie mounds with a rubber spatula gently. Cook for approx. 9 minutes or until cookies are of desired crispness (Keep an eye on them! These babies can burn quickly - Trust me!) Golden on the outside is best. Allow to cool on parchment paper for 10 minutes. You can then continue on to eat the entire batch in one sitting, keep them in the refrigerator for the next five days, or freeze them and re-heat them at anytime.

* These cookies can be eaten entirely uncooked or raw (dehydrated) as well! If you chose not to bake your cookies, you can freeze uncooked batter for 2 hours and enjoy cold as a tasty chewy treat. These babies taste incredible with a side dish of Cacao "Nana Nice Cream." If you have a dehydrator and would like to make these cookies compliant to a raw vegan diet, use raw unprocessed oats in your batter and set the dehydrator to 110 degrees Fahrenheit before allowing cookies to "dry" on rack for approx. 4 hours or until chewy. 

Let me know if you give them a try! 

Hope you enjoy

x

Amelia

 

CHRONIC CURRY FRIES

CHRONIC CURRY FRIES

WITH FRESH AVOCADO WHIP

 

Urban dictionary defines "chronic" as very high-quality weed, generally with red hairs on it. These fries don't contain any of that. These fries do however, taste amazing, make you feel better than any herb you could ever smoke, and have cayenne pepper on them, which is red and could very possibly resemble small red hairs if you looked hard enough. These fries are bound to have the word "chronic" in their name. Seriously. 

These "fries" are one of my favorite go-to cooked recipes. They're flavorful, spicy, filling and taste like a "cheat meal" (whatever that even means.) These curry fries are so special to me because when I first made them in my kitchen in NY I used hand-made curry powder straight from stash of souvenirs I brought back from the Seychelles Islands. How cool is that? Now, I buy my organic curry powder in bulk at the organic Co-op here on O'ahu. And although it is not nearly as good as that Seychellois curry, it is pretty damn close. Pairing these fries with my fresh avocado whip takes this recipe to the next level. Pair this dish wish some steamed veggies, or a large raw green salad and you have a meal that will leave you so incredibly satiated. 

This recipe includes lots of commonly found spices and seasonings. One of these spices in particular is Turmeric, which I will discuss further in the text below. The good news with this recipe is that if you don't have every single seasoning I use in the ingredient list, chances are your fries will still taste amazing. Curry is a must though, so make sure you have ample amounts on hand at all times from here on out. Which will be easy to do, once you try (and fall in love with) this recipe. Something else to take note of is that I do not measure the exact amount of spices used in this recipe. Rather, I list the spices used in order of largest to smallest portion size used (i.e. curry powder is first, and ginger powder is last because I use generous amounts of curry, and very little ginger.) This is also because you will have to adjust to the amount of potatoes you are preparing, as well as to how spicy/flavorful you prefer your food. Take it easy with some of the stronger-tasting seasonings to start, and go from there. Remember - You can always add more, but removing individual pieces of ground cayenne pepper off of wet potatoes wedges can be a  real b*tch. 

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  • Turmeric - Turmeric has been said to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. It has been used for centuries by holistic healers and wellness practitioners around the globe. It is a powerful medicine that has long been incorporated in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bruises, hemorrhage, toothache, chest pain, and even colic. Turmeric is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome as well as cystic fibrosis sufferers. As if that's not good enough, this dried powder derived from root of the curcuma longa plant has also been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth and metastases. Get chur' turmeric on my friends. Fo' real.

 

RECIPE 

(Serves 2)

2 White Skinned Yams

2 Sweet Potatoes

Curry Powder

Turmeric Powder

Cumin Powder

Cayenne

Nutmeg 

Cinnamon

Ginger Powder

 

AVOCADO WHIP RECIPE

1 Large Avo

Juice of 1 Lemon

1-2 TSP. RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

 

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Thoroughly wash all potatoes and yams before cutting into large chunky wedges. Place potatoes wedges in a bowl and season with Curry Powder, Turmeric, Cumin, Cayenne, Nutmeg , Cinnamon and Ginger Powder. Mix with your (clean) hands in a bowl until spices are distributed evenly throughout. Place potatoes wedges on large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (no oil needed!) Place in oven on 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. After 25 minutes or so, flip potato wedges and continue to cook until both sides are lightly crisped brown. Next, remove pit and scoop 1 full avocado, the juice of 1 fresh lemon and 1-2 tsp. of raw ACV into a high powered blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve as dipping sauce with fries. 

Allow chronic curry fries to cool, dip in avocado whip, eat and repeat. 

You're so welcome. 

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