A Cookie recipe you will either love me or hate me for

 

Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

I could marry chocolate.  Like seriously. We’d be happy together for life.  In fact, anything sweet, I could basically have a love affair with.  I’m not proud of this assertion, but at least I’m honest.  My relationship with sweets is most definitely my most unhealthy relationship (and that’s saying a lot!)  If you asked me years ago if I had an issue with sweets, I’d say, no way, I’m a savory girl.  Potato chips fo life yo.  But once I gave up all sugar—yes you read that right,  no sugar—the sweet things became an addiction.  I’m talking raisins, bananas, grapes, honey, maple syrup, fruit juice—I can’t get enough.  Ok, literally just writing those words has me thinking about my next fix.  Son of a bitch…

Anyway, the point is, I have issues.  Clearly.  I had to find a solution that would allow me a treat every once and a while but not over-indulge.  Thus I created “mini desserts.”  They are, basically as they sound; Desserts that are small in both caloric intake as well as quantity.  So, I can make, and subsequently eat, the entire batch if I want. It’s very freeing.

Here’s my most favoritist cookie ever.  You could make these for non-health nut friends and I promise you they will be begging for more.  These cookies are paleo, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free but not taste free!  YAY!

Disclaimer:  if you do double or triple this recipe, it’s like crack and I can’t be responsible for your behavior.

Cinnamin Raisin Cookies Ingredients

“Mini” Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

½ cup of almond flour (I highly recommend you using this awesome ingredient sparingly.  Check out this great article that fully explains why we need to be careful with almond flour)

1 ½ teaspoons melted coconut oil (or grass-fed butter)

1 teaspoon maple syrup

½ a handful of raisins (amount depends on your sweet tooth)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of vanilla extract

Dash of baking soda

Dash of healthy salt (Himalayan, real salt, Celtic etc)

Set oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (you could skip this and just add to a non-stick cookie sheet but why do the extra cleaning?) Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Mix thoroughly.  The consistency of the dough should be very sticky.  If you feel that it is too dry, add a bit of water.

 

It should look something like this

It should look something like this

YUMMY...

YUMMY…

 

Then, take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll in your hand to make a dough ball.  Place each ball on the cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.   Remove from oven and let cookies cool for a bit.  I usually can’t help myself and eat half the batch before they fully cool and burn the shit out of my mouth in the process.  Should you have more self-control than me, you’ll find the cooled batch is entirely more delightful.   They also stay together better. There’s no eggs in them, so they can be crumbly when hot.

Aim for this golden brown on the underside of the cookie

Aim for this golden brown on the underside of the cookie

Entire batch makes about 6 cookies. The calorie count is somewhere between 225-300 if you eat the whole batch.  Which, for a delish dessert is pretty decent. I usually share these with my father-in-law.  I only let him have two.  Because I made them.

Hubby hates cinnamon.  If you are also weird like him, (perhaps you hate babies and dolphins too?) then, you can substitute the raisins and cinnamon for chocolate.  I like to go with a 72% cocoa chopped and folded into the dough.

Enjoy these with a cup of tea.  Or eat them over your stove and burn the shit out of your mouth.  Either way.  Either way.

Mmmm.  Eating. At the stove.  Burned my mouth.  Again.

Mmmm. Eating. At the stove. Burned my mouth. Again.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Hers and his deodorant

Hers and his deodorant

If you told me 5 years ago, I’d be making my own deodorant, I’d tell you that you were most definitely crazy. See, not since the Tom’s of Maine incident of 2006 have I ventured out of my chemical-laden comfort zone.  I tried to go natural for a moment, before my bestie Lindsay in her infinite wisdom told me I smelled like her dad after he mowed the lawn.  Ok, not cute.  Not the look I was going for.

I thought for sure I’d never find anything that worked as well as my trusty “powder fresh” stick.  And I sure wasn’t going back to smelling like a middle aged man who recently sweat profusely in the hot sun. 

All that changed when I met my super fabulous friend Ryanna .  She owns an amazing organization that helps so many, including me get the support, information and tips they need to live a healthier,real food, chemical-free life. She told me she made her own deodorant.  Ok, I thought.  Interesting…but I’m never going to be that–crunchy.

Oh, how times have changed.  Ry pressed me to do some real research into why deodorant/antiperspirant is dangerous.  Surely she was wrong.  Hadn’t she seen the commercials with those beautiful, active, non-smelly women shopping and playing tennis? Nothing dangerous about that!

BTWs- If you really want to see some conspiracy theory stuff on the deodorant industry, check out this fascinating article.  But I digress.

What I found changed my thinking forever.  Smelling like onions wasn’t nearly as horrible a fate as using this toxic stuff! Oh advertising and mainstream media, how you fooled me!  There is a proven connection between deodorant/antiperspirant and breast cancer.  Crap.  Ok, reading on I found out that; conventional versions of deodorant contain toxins such as aluminum. Aluminum, is carcinogenic.    It has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.  They also contain several endocrine disruptors, parabens and chemical perfumes all of which are just terrible for your health.   Studies show that breast cancer cells are often found to have traces of aluminum.  Scary stuff.

After educating myself on the risks of continuing to use deodorant, I gave in and tried Ry’s recipe.  I swear, this stuff is so powerful you can skip a day.  And it’s as non-toxic as you can get. You could eat it.  (Don’t eat it) but you could eat it.  How cool is that?  Considering that everything that goes on your skin gets absorbed into your body, you want something that would be safe to eat.  I go by the rule that if I have to call poison control if I eat it, I don’t use it.

Without further introduction, here’s the fool-proof deodorant recipe (which is all over the web in different variations so I can’t really take credit).  Enjoy!

1/4 cup (non GMO) cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot Powder

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum free)

5 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed expelled coconut oil

10-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I am partial to lemon or tea tree because they have extra bacterial fighting powers!)

Put cornstarch and baking soda in a bowl, add coconut oil (don’t melt it, just mix it with your hands so it all combines) until it is mixed.  This can get a bit messy but totally worth it. Take mixture and put it aside.  My husband puts his in a jar and applies right after the shower.  I’m a lady (!) so I use an old deodorant stick.  It’s so simple; clean out an old stick and screw the base all the way to the bottom.  Scoop out the mixture into the stick.  Use as you would a regular deodorant stick.  You *may* need to keep this in the fridge if you keep your house above 72 degrees.  If not, it’s totally fine left in your medicine cabinet.

You’re officially on your way to crunchiness