Grain Free Almond Butter Cookies

I am obsessed with this recipe. If you have a friend who’s allergic to everything (like I am…) these cookies will do the trick. Okay, don’t mentally check out with the following sentence. The recipe is gluten free, grain free, oil free, sugar free, and dairy free.

Regardless of how whole the ingredients are, my roommate and I fed these to our guy friends and they ate the entire batch in record time. If my picky guy friends loved them, then they must be delicious to every palate.

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel1
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) almond butter (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup (80 grams) honey (commenters have used agave and maple syrup with success!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt if your nut butter is salt free
  • ½ cup (90 grams) chocolate chips (Trader Joe’s sells vegan chocolate chips)
  •  ½ tsp of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
  2. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
  3. With wet hands, form into 1½” balls. Place onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don’t do much rising.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge) for up to 1 week

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Enjoy! And be sure to check out Texan Erin Baking for more great recipes for the holidays.

xx

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How to Not Eat all of the Cookie Dough.

Holiday baking fills the house with intoxicating, sweet scents. The aroma of decadent, warm cookies brings a sense of ease and delight. Although my senses may be happy, my waistline may not be as content.

On the rare occasion that I create a sweet confection I eat a VERY generous portion of the batter or dough. First I convince myself that I need to taste test my concoction, you know, for the sake of my friends and family. One small taste turns into two dainty teaspoons, which escalates into ladles of smooth, sweet batter. This mindless eating not only downsizes my cookie yield, but also leads to a sugar coma.

If you have the same dilemma taste testing your sweet or savory creations, then this list of tactics is for you.

  1. Chew gum
  2. Brush your teeth
  3. Sip on hot herbal tea
  4. Meditate beforehand/focus on the breath during preparation
  5. Nibble on baby carrots or sliced cucumbers
  6. Blast some music and dance/sing
  7. Eat a huge salad or healthy meal before you bake, you’ll be too full to crave anything and hopefully won’t want to undo your healthy choice by eating poorly
  8. Do a 20 minute HIIT workout; some studies show interval training reduces cravings
  9. Cook or bake with a friend who has the same health goals as you, or who is willing to support you through your journey of eating nutritiously
  10. Lastly, cook or bake naked. Or nearly naked. I know it sounds absurd but you’re less likely to eat mindlessly when you have less clothing on. For me, I am less likely to order a burger on vacation if I’m wearing a bikini. But that’s just me!

Let me know if any of these tricks work for you!

Sesame Oil Massage

One of my favorite ways to de-stress comes from ayruveda. I use sesame oil for abhyanga, the daily self-massage. It is rich in linoleic acid, and has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties ॐ

You can also use sesame oil for oil pulling or scalp treatments.

For more information about Ayruveda here and here.

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Kripalu Yoga Acceptance

I did it!

After six years of practicing I finally mustered up the courage to follow something that I was passionate about. I posted my main hesitations in a previous post.

I’m feeling a mixture of emotions: excitement, nervousness, joy, reluctance … But the most overwhelming feeling is that of pride.

I am proud of myself. I am proud that I finally took this leap of faith to pursue something that I am so immensely passionate about. Yoga instruction to me seemed unattainable because I didn’t have graceful gymnastic abilities nor did I have the slender body type of yogis depicted in sportswear ads.

This step symbolizes how much I have grown, changed and accepted myself.

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Follow my journey on Instagram! @srollz

Late Night Cardio

Literally just do it. I’ve had a rough couple of days and almost didn’t workout today, but I just want to let you readers know: that work out is worth it.

Getting to the gym is the hardest part but once you’re there, you can be creative and have fun with your workouts! The intimidating gym jungle is like a child’s jungle gym. Just play and discover what you do and don’t like!

Heck. Even be “lazy” like I was tonight and go when you know Sex and the City or Big Bang Theory is on so you can mindlessly elliptical along and laugh through the episode. It’s better than nothing! Boost that confidence, get into a consistent routine and all of your goals and priorities will fall into place.

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Weekly Plan: October 6th

I started creating these Excel sheets during my undergrad at Binghamton. I didn’t have a car so I was limited to grocery shopping once a week. This meant that I had to get it right: not buy too much or too little. This organization not only helped with my wallet, but also my waistline. Knowing what was on the menu for my next meal or snack was comforting and left me more time and energy to focus on other things.

So anyway! I’m back at it. Here’s my plan for this upcoming week. I’ve included a few recipes and a lifting regimen. The blocked out areas in my schedule are when I work. Enjoy!

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