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Maple Syrup Thumbprint Cookies

So here is a version using the “Add Ins” from my cookie post from the other day that is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free.

Here is the original recipe to get the base:

So today I made these and added in some pumpkin spice, maple syrup and chopped almonds. I really wanted to use pecans but it turned out that I was out of them so I just put in some chopped almonds cause why not? 🙂 Anything goes and that is how I roll. 🙂

After I mixed it all together and formed the cookies I decided to do a little thumb print thingy and add some more maple syrup.

Oh and yes another big change that I did was instead of using the oats as they are, I ground them into a flour. Turned out great but I think you just need to cook them a bit longer.

Okay that is all for now folks and I can’t wait to hear about your add ins and what turns out for you to be amazing. 🙂

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5 Minute Versatile Cookies – Gluten Free – Dairy Free – Sugar Free – YUMMY!

I can’t wait to share this cookie recipe with you. It can be gluten free, is sugar free and dairy free! It is so healthy for you and the family!

And it is super versatile and can be prepared in under 5 minutes 🙂

A series of six pictures showing the steps to make these using my favorite stainless steel things from my thrift store finds. #JOY

Here is the easy peasy recipe.

Ingredients

The Base

2 Cups Oats (Gluten Free If Required)

2 Soft Bananas

The Add-Ins (you pick)

Yesterday when I made these, I added in cinnamon and blueberries but today’s additions were cinnamon, maple syrup and chopped up dates that had been soaked in a little warm water.

So here is what you do:

Prep your ingredients and have them laid out ready to use.

So now that you have the 2 ingredient base ready, we are ready for the add-ins 🙂

My add-ins today were about 5 dates chopped and soaked, about a tablespoon and a 1/2 of maple syrup and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Actually though I am guessing at those amounts, because it really doesn’t matter. Ha Ha… anything goes 🙂

The add ins: Cinnamon, Dates and Maple Syrup

Take a nice bowl and put the two bananas in it. I used this lovely stainless steel bowl that I got at the thrift store… one of my favs.

Mash the bananas. Add in whatever you want for spice and/or liquid or no liquid… works either way.

In this case I added in the cinnamon, maple syrup and the dates and mixed them all up with banana. Then I added my oats and mixed.

I greased a cookie sheet and used my hands to form the cookies and with Love I might add. 🙂

My cookies ready for the oven.

I made these ones more on the large size but you can make any size that you want. I can’t stress enough that when it comes to cooking, be creative, try things and don’t be afraid to change things up!

I then put them into a hot oven at 350 degrees. You cook them until they are brown on top or until they smell done. That is a real thing that my mother taught me and it is true. You can tell when something is done by the smell. 🙂

How Long to Bake?

I timed this batch and they were in for about 28 minutes. Now remember, depending on the size you make them, the time will vary. Just check them every so often and take them out when you think they look good enough to eat. 🙂

You can’t mess these up as you could even eat them raw so no worries.

Ideas for Add-Ins:

Chopped nuts, raisons, craisons, dried cranberries, dried fruit or berries of any kind, coconut, fresh or frozen fruit or berries, chopped apple, dates, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, other yummy spices, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. Anything goes and you cannot mess it up…. Oh I just thought of chocolate chips… yep that would be yummy… or how about pumpkin pie spice and pecans?

Nope, my mind never stops LOL

I hope you enJOY making these and I would love to hear what you come up with using this base of bananas and oats. And you can 1/2 this recipe, double it, triple it.. make a big batch and use a few different add-ins in the whole batch for a variety. We do this often in our family cause Dad likes certain things and Sivanna likes certain ingredients so it is easy to customize this recipe to everyone’s likes

Here are the cookies after them came out of the oven? Can you smell them? I can’t wait for the day when we can digitally share yummy smells. I am sure it is coming, but for now, this picture will have to do.

My tray of cookies. This batch made 9.
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Hemp ‘Milk’ You Can Make at Home Fast & Inexpensive!

Here is a easy recipe to make a form of ‘milk’ at home that takes about 30 seconds or less to make once you get the ingredients gathered together.

The great part is that it is super healthy, easy to make, cost effective (cheap!), and sustainable which is perfect for times like this when people might have to stay at home due to the Coronavirus.

The finished ‘mylk’

The Recipe & What You Need to Make This Delicious Milk

So here is what you need and feel free to change it up anyway you like. I cannot stress enough that recipes are always adaptable and it is perfectly fine and fun to be creative with them!

1/3 cup hemp hearts

1 – 2 pitted dates

1 tsp of vanilla or 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract * play with this to your liking. Make it YOUR recipe

3 cups water

Throw in your blender and blend and you have milk. 🙂 It’s that easy.

Some Variations:

You can add in maple syrup or switch out the dates for maple syrup or have both. You can add in cinnamon. Yesterday I took some of this milk and added it to coconut milk and added more maple syrup and cinnamon and blended and added it to my coffee for a dairy free option and Oh My Goodness is was Soooo good! My kid loved it so much she had 3 small glasses! And she can be picky… just sayin. 🙂

Benefits

And the health benefits of hemp hearts or seeds are enormous! Here are some of the nutrients:

Hemp seeds contain an impressive array of  vitamins and minerals and are especially rich in:

  • vitamin E
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • potassium

They are also a good source of iron, zinc, and B vitamins, including:

  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • thiamine
  • vitamin B-6
  • folate

And MORE!

I encourage you to Google to learn more about how amazing hemp hearts are. And dates and maple syrup also. They are great sources of natural sugars that our livers and brains need desperately. You just cannot go wrong with this ‘milk’. EnJOY!