Good morning! How was your weekend? I know a lot of people are suffering with the flu right now and I’m thankful that, so far, both Alan and I have avoided it. Remember when I was taking Microbiology a few years ago and had to culture bacteria from items around my house? I was disturbed to discover that my iPhone and iPod were hosts which isn’t really surprising considering that we put our grubby paws all over those items. That Microbio class furthered my germaphobe tendencies and now I routinely wipe down the surfaces of our iPhones with an anti-bacterial wipe. I’m crediting good nutrition, adequate rest, hand-washing and iPhone swabbing with staying well this season and I’m doing everything I can to keep it that way!
We got our cold snap this weekend that brought snow to the local mountains:
I also decided to try making cookies using almond pulp leftover from making homemade almond milk. I thought with the addition of the red goji berries, they could be considered in the theme of upcoming Valentine’s Day:
I didn’t even bother to use the food processor with these, I just combined all of the ingredients in a bowl and stirred with an old-fashioned spatula:
I can’t seem to get away from using maple syrup to make raw cookies stick together, but if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them; maybe next time I’ll try using date paste?
Here they are ready to be dehydrated:
Twelve hours later, they joined some other raw cookies that I made using Gena’s recipe:
Here’s my recipe:
Almond Pulp Goji Cookies
1 cup almond pulp, loosely packed
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened dried coconut
1/4 cup goji berries
2 tablespoons Ceylon cinnamon
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/4 cup currants
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax meal
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons almond milk
Combine ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. Using your hands, form the batter into cookies and place on a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate for 12 hours at 115 degrees F.
For this morning’s breakfast, I combined chopped apples, walnuts, blueberries, soy milk, chia seeds and some of the crumbled cookies on top to make a delicious grain-free cereal:
As promised, I’m doing a super awesome giveaway today to celebrate reaching 2,000 likes on my Facebook page. As of this morning, the number is actually 1,974, but I think that’s close enough, right? Besides, I am too excited for this prize to hold off any longer.
This stuff is amazing, it has the purest of ingredients, it smells divine and works wonders as a moisturizer. Check out the ingredient label:
Despite using my Booda Butter nearly every day on my hair, my scar, my hands, my feet and anywhere else I can possibly apply it, I just recently needed to re-order it. I got the tin as well as the lip balm and Booda Butter has kindly agreed to send two lucky winners a gift set with these items:
I wanted to tell you that this is a completely unbiased review of these products because I did not receive anything for free or receive any compensation. In other words, I just love this stuff and wanted to share. I also really like the fact that this is a small, vegan-centric company where the products are made in small batches by hand.
Let’s make this giveaway easy. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what you like most about my blog or if you have any suggestions for improvement. I would love constructive feedback as Carrie on Vegan continues to grow. After all, it is my number one goal to make you happy and make sure I’m giving you what you want.
I’ll select two winners at random on Wednesday, February 13th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, only, and you must be over the age of 18. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed]
I’ll have another prize to give away on Wednesday’s post. Until then, have a wonderful start to your week!