27 May 2016

CHOCOLATE CHUNK CRANBERRY COOKIES


Music recommendation of the daaaay: Jamie xx's new-ish album "In Colour". Check out this song to get into it. Music is saaaaving me and getting my through this heartbreak. Seriously, don't know what I'd do without it. On that note, a tragedy has struck (besides Jack baaasically dumping me and me having anxiety attacks every morning): MY 160GB IPOD HAS DIED. It was well well weeeell loved so it doesn't come as a shock. But I need to find another one soon, and since they don't make them anymore, it's to Craiglist I venture with tentative hope. Plus I don't like buying new stuff anyways. It's good that Apple is on board with LGBTQ+ justice but their labour practices are not ok. Capitalism.... *uncomfortable moan*. 

Moving on to lighter, more delicious topics: COOKIES. This recipe was inspired by two things. 1) A cookie I got (with Jack... sad face... crying...) at Turk's Coffee a few months ago. It was specially labelled "vegan" so I basically HAD to try it, ya know? It was YUMMY AF. Full of cranberries and macadamia nuts. I gobbled it up and probably only left Jack have one bite. I am not perfect by any means and as a side note I will readily admit he has his reasons for not wanting to be with me. I don't wanna make him seem like the bad guy and I the victim. Shit's complicated. Ultimately: I still want him and he doesn't want me. ANYHOO. 2) The ingredients that Prana sells! Namely, dried cranberries and chocolate chunks. I wanted to make a cookie that reminded me of the one from Turk's, plus chocolate, with Prana's ingredients. You probably don't know this because I never really say it but Prana is super generous and they send me care packages every few months with ingredients I need for my recipes. They don't ask anything in return. They're just nice like that. So I wanted to make a kind of Thank You recipe for Prana. And heck I'm not gonna lie: I also wanted cookies today. So I hope you enjoy! Much love to ALL OF YOU DAMN FINE HUMANS. And thank you so much for the messages and words of kindness, strength and encouragement. You AND music are getting me through this. XO


CHOCOLATE CHUNK CRANBERRY COOKIES

1 cup cashews
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 tablespoon maca powder
1/8 teaspoon cinamon powder
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
Heaping 1/3 cup dried cranberries
Heaping 1/3 cup chocolate chunks
Pinch Himalayan salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
Scant 1/4 cup melted cacao butter

Grind the cashews and 1 cup of the oats into powder or at least a rough flour. Whisk in the other dry ingredients evenly, then stir in the maple syrup and cacao butter with a wooden spoon until you have a very moist and yummy dough. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of rolled oats as needed, until the dough becomes more solid and shape-able. Scoop into cookies and let set in the fridge, or eat right away!

NOTES: you can use any nut, seed or grain instead of cashews or oats; you can use coconut oil instead of cacao butter; you can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder; you can leave out the maca if you don't have any...

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11 comments:

Melissa Cayford said...

These look awesome! I am enjoying your frequent posts!

kk said...

Aw listen, your not sharing a biscuit didn't cause Jack to break up with you, nor is it indicative of a wider character flaw. In breakups it's tempting to analyse your history and think about every single little thing you did wrong and weave it into a huge self-hating narrative (especially if you have anxiety and depression). But it's better to just repeat the mantra "It was still a good time even if it didn't last forever, relationships are hard and sometimes people just grow apart".

Anyway, I will say that vanilla powder is 100000x better than vanilla extract and that I wish I could find unsweetened cranberries in Australia.

Jocelyne Lamarche said...

I love your music recommendations. Keep em' coming!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! I totally feel ya with that phone anxiety! Maybe you should consider buying a fairphone?

Rosenoisettes said...

Oh Gosh! These look absolutely amazing, wouldn't say no to a few bites ;)
Have a nice day

Emily D. said...

Hi Em! I've been following your blog for ages and think you're the coolest. Totally a role model and making the world a better place with your strong, kind heart, opinions, and beautiful food. I've been reading about your struggles while having hard times myself. (I'm a year into my PhD and feeling like I don't belong. Shit's hard and not what I bargained for, but who wants to quit what they've started?). Anyway, I just want you to know that although I obviously am not happy to hear you're struggling, it helps to know I'm not alone in feeling like crap a lot of the time. You're advice on dealing with mental health issues really resonates with me and I think about your words every day. Thanks for being you, and present on the internet for me to connect with :) It really matters to me (!), and many others I'm sure.

Also, I plan on making these cookies in the next day or two ;) Let me know if you ever need a couch in Melbourne, Aus!

xo,
Em

PS: I've also got a 'be here now' tat on my hip.

Sarah | Well and Full said...

These cookies look great, Emily! I hope things get easier for you soon.... I know breakups can be kind of world-shattering, especially when you've created an entire life with this person. And I know that words can't really do justice to how horrible and awful it feels :( All I can send is a huuge virtual hug, and positive vibes your way. I know you'll get through this. You're a strong and wonderful human. <3

Lubna Umar said...

Loved the post. These cookies look tasty and beautiful, at the same time. I love reading your blog. Being positive is the key in life. Easier said than done. I wish you the best of luck ! Your blog is beautiful x


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Tony G said...

Three things;
1. I made these yesterday and they were SO awesome! originally made them to share with my classmates, but i only gave away one and ended up eating the rest of it, ALL of it, myself. SO addictive. Probably the best cookies ever.(cacao butter?? you are a genius)
2. I want to spend my first paycheck(yup, im yet to earn my own money..) on a fairphone, and it makes me superhappy to see that you are also conscious on all the bad things that comes with *shivers* capitalism. I wish there was a(strong, worldwide) policy on these things.
3. I hope you have several moments of joy inbetween all the heartbreak. You are such a beautiful person, and truly deserve to receive as much love as you send out to all your readers! (I always go to your yummy recipes when i feel bad.)
Hugs from a fellow queer
-Tony <3

London_toddler said...

These cookies are simply the best thing ever. Love them too much. So damn good xx thanks for sharing and not keeping it'll them to yourself!

London_toddler said...

These are the best cookies ever. Seriously. I'm obsessed with them!! They're delish. Thank you for sharing and not keeping them to yourself xx