Friday, April 12, 2013

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (Nourishing Home)

I found a variety of Raw Cookie Dough Bites at Nourishing Home.  I'm sure I'll be trying out some of her other suggestions. Check her out.

1/2 creamy raw almond butter (could use other nut butters)
1/4 C, plus 1 T raw honey (or agave nectar, maple syrup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 C plus 1 T coconut flour (I used wheat)
3 T ground golden flax seed (or additional tsp or two of flour - I used the flax I had not sure what kind it was)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 C chocolate chips (or whatever - or skip) 

Mix almond butter, honey and vanilla until creamy. 

In another bowl, mix flour, flax seed and salt. 

Add the dry to the wet. Use hands to knead dough to thoroughly combine. If it's too wet add flour, if too dry and crumbly to form balls, add water. 

Scoop out T size (I used pampered chef scoop and got 18). 

These can be popped in fridge to firm up a bit and/or if you want to make truffles with them it's essential.  They would be good to make a lot ahead and freeze. The ones I made are already gone...I shared. 

I entered the recipe into the recipe calculator at Sparks People.  I wouldn't call them "nutrient dense" at 88 cal for a small ball.....but they do have 1.5g of protein and 1.2 g of fiber.  And sometimes you just need a little something something. 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Lovin Japan ~ Suicide Ally

This is Suicide Ally.  I have discovered this route cuts time off my trip to base. One friend had his mirror clipped on this road. I know folks who pull their mirrors in at the start of Suicide Ally. I think of Christi L every time I ride on this road. She was the one who introduced me to this adrenaline rush. 

On either side of the road is an irrigation ditch like thing...small narrow concrete ditch. If your tires veer into this you will do damage to your vehicle.  This field to the left was a FOREST last year....

Look carefully at the width of the road...there are bikes on either side of the road and cars going both ways on the road.

Driving this road has provided many fun memories. I've made it a game to be able to face oncoming traffic without the natives of Misawa.  Last week an AMERICAN SIZE semi met us on this road - the DRIVER was sweating and flinching. I considered it a personal triumph to appear totally nonchalant. It was my true blood Japanese card. I belong.

When the snow melts....we discover the patch jobs from last year are in need of repair....big sink holes....amazing pot's a sign of spring.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...