Hey friends. I have an amazing new recipe for you this week. Plantain Cookies!
But first, I have the best news ever.
I passed my rheumatology exams!
What does that mean? No more exams for me! Ever.
Let that sink in for just a second. I have been in post secondary training for the last 14 years. Yes 14 years. That is almost half my life (I am now 30 in case you were wondering). The thought of never having to study for another exam is a little unbelievable. But incredible at the same time. I have so many plans for what I am going to do with all that extra time. And a lot of it has to do with trying to grow this little blog of mine. Think more posts per week, more recipes, more health information, and more travel and wellness posts. Because the older I get the more and more I realize how much of overall health is related to overall wellness and the things that make you happy. For me that also includes exercise, fashion, spending time with friends and family, reading a good book and even watching a little TV or a movie once in a while. As a typical type-A driven person I often have a hard time focussing on just slowing down and relaxing, but that is something I am trying to work on.
Speaking of wellness, most of you know that I just got back from Bali. If you want to see a preview of some of the beautiful photos I took while I was there please visit my Instagram account. I will do a full re-cap of my trip in the coming weeks, but I took so many photos there it will take me a bit of time to edit them all.
That trip was exactly what I needed. A lot of rest, sunshine, amazing food, and a little adventure. I had always heard amazing things about Bali but couldn't have imagined just how beautiful it was until I saw it for myself. I took some pretty amazing photographs while I was there. I just wish I had had more time over there. Two weeks was definitely not enough. Oh well, it just means I will have to plan a return visit. Hopefully soon!
These cookies are paleo, gluten free, grain free, AIP, dairy free and can also be made egg free. So hopefully that means you can try them! I always try to make my recipes as versatile as possible so that no matter what your dietary restrictions are you can still enjoy delicious food.
Please let me know what you think of these if you try them! I always love getting your feedback.
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Until next time everyone, happy eating!
Paleo Plantain Cookies
2 plantains, pureed (~ 1 3/4 cups pureed) (I like to use green plantains or ones with just a little yellow)
1 cup full fat coconut milk (I like this brand)
1/3 cup coconut oil (I use this brand)
2 TBSP maple syrup or honey
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (omit for AIP)
1 TBSP organic apple cider vinegar (I use this kind)
2 eggs or substitute with 2 grassfed gelatin eggs - I recommend this brand of grassfed gelatin (use the red container)
** To make a gelatin egg: combine 1 TBSP grassfed gelatin with 1 TBSP cold water and stir vigorously until the gelatin dissolves, then add 2 TBSP boiling water and beat well (it should make a frothy type substance)
3/4 cup coconut flour (buy here)
1/2 cup tapioca flour/ starch (I use this brand)
1/2 tsp baking soda (buy here)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Preheat your oven to 350F
2. Puree your plantains in your vitamix (I use this vitamix) or food processor (I use this food processor)
3. Transfer the pureed plantains to a large glass or ceramic bowl
4. Add the remaining wet ingredients and blend well
5. Add the dry ingredients and blend well with a pastry blender
6. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
7. With your hands, form the dough into ~2- 2.5 inch round discs and place on the parchment paper
NOTE: leave a bit of room between each cookie as these do expand when they cook
8. Place the baking sheets in the oven
9. Bake for 25 minutes
10. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes
11. Serve and enjoy!
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