It’s been weeks and weeks since we’ve had a treat, and then, I got an idea for a new cookie recipe. In Rex’s words, these are "seriously good!", especially if eaten fresh from the dehydrator, bringing back childhood memories of hot cookies straight from the oven. The blueberries get soft and juicy and the almonds, walnuts, blueberries, cinnamon, and dates, provide the perfect chewy background for bursts of blueberry goodness!
Ingredients: Makes about 10 cookies
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (we used frozen for these cookies)
3 Medjool dates
1 tablespoon almond milk, or water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
The tiniest pinch of Himalayan salt, optional
Process almonds, walnuts, dates, and cinnamon, in a food processor.
Grind until as powdery as possible.
Add in the almond milk or water—be sure to use no more than 1 tablespoon, or the dough will get too wet. Process until dough clumps.
Transfer to a mixing bowl.
Add blueberries and mix by hand as much as possible. Any "strays" are pressed in after the cookies are shaped. Using a Teflex sheet on a dehydrator tray, make cookie rounds by squeezing dough, and then press lightly onto the tray, shaping as you go.
Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 2 hours.
So delicious, when served warm.
The Little Story: Resolutions and New BeginningsResolutions don’t just come once a year. Those big ones that get us thinking on January 1st are wonderful for taking stock and deciding the major trends for the coming year. This is a great time to discover what’s really deep inside that wants to manifest or heal. The answer may be so immediate no contemplating is needed. Or it might be more subtle—a feeling of not really knowing quite what to do, with a sense that something has to change. Watch for clues, they will come.
During the last six months, one of our goals has been to start growing sprouts again. We did, and now it’s become second nature. We make fabulous salads, green burritos, and nori rolls with them, and feel life energy singing in our cells. There’s always something growing at our sprout station—green sprouts, soaked nuts and sprouted seeds, mung bean sprouts, and occasionally, sprouted grains. (We like the Amber Waves of Grain mix from The Sprout People.) Keeping the sprout station at the sink makes it easy for me to rinse the sprouts twice a day and this is a big factor for achieving success! I know myself too well, and anything that becomes complicated will soon be left behind.
So what’s on our horizon? Microgreens! Growing baby greens such as beets, pea shoots, kale, sunflower greens, buckwheat lettuce, and getting back to the grasses—wheat, barley, and oat for juicing. Everything I’ve learned about microgreens gets me excited, and it feels like the next step in providing the freshest, living food for our bodies. I’ve been reading about people that live completely on sprouts and microgreens—they’re called sproutarians! One such fellow advocates drinking 8 ounces of fresh microgreen/sprout juice once or twice a day—wow!
I had a vivid dream of beautiful microgreens. I could see their teeming vibrancy—so much that I wanted to reach right out and eat some, and bring that life essence into my body! Their plant structure radiated a glowing, resilient strength, and there was a potent message: "This is what you need to eat to become the strongest ever!" Could it be made any clearer?
On the practical side, here’s some things that helped us when going raw: Taking manageable steps, i.e., having a Raw Food Friday. Organizing the kitchen to clear the decks for something new, like when we made space for a sprout station that only took up about 18 x 18 inches on the kitchen counter! And when we went 100% raw, we removed all the cooked food temptations such as canned or boxed food favorites, and stashed them in the garage.
Daily steps will lead to a harvest of that New Year’s resolution. Looking at 2015, we’re on our way. We’ve got the trays for the microgreens, some seeds, and the soil to plant them in. All we need now is a little work, and then we’ll see where this new adventure takes us. My dream has already told me—it’s going to be good!
For everything you’d want to know about growing sprouts and microgreens, the Sprout People have the most wonderful site for all sprouting needs. Plus, Amazon has a large selection of seeds, and Sun Organics is also a great source.