12 Dec 2015


I've found some new feminist podcasts to listen to while I walk around a nearby lake. (Sun's out, Em's out.) The ones I subscribed to are Black Girls TalkingTwo Whole Cakes Fatcast, and Another Round. A few weeks ago my friend - who is also named Emily - suggested I start listening to Lena Dunham's new podcast miniseries, Women of The Hour; and I love it so much I had to find more similar-ish content. Obviously I am a[n intersectional] feminist so it's not like the discourses are 100% untouched territory, but I am only at the beginning of my affair with podcasts so feminist podcasts as a content medium ARE basically un-navigated land for me for now.

I think podcasts are kind of great. Instead of cleaning my room and not learning about important world issues, I can clean my room and learn about important world issues. Ditto for flying on planes, going for walks, working out, travelling in the city, driving on road trips, lying on my bed, ETCETERA. They are an easily accessible way for me to hear about experiences that mainstream media usually - intentionally - doesn't share, continually check my privilege(s) and keep realizing how problematic everything is. Cuz everything is problematic. Anyways, I recommend you get downloading some feminist-y podcasts as well and open your mind to all the different lives being lived right now, and how we call relate to each other in this nutty capitalist web. Sometimes it's beautiful. Often it's a bummer. Now let's talk about this recipe.

These cookies are delish. When I was recently living in Montreal for a month I fell back in love with maple syrup, and I fell harder than ever before. I literally drank it from the jar some days. And even now I will have spoonfuls of the golden amber stuff like it's medicine... (which IT. IS.) I cannot get over the different flavour notes in it. I mean, yes, it's damn sweet so that is mainly why my brain/tongue love it. But it's MORE THAN THAT. It's like burnt caramel in the best way. The cookies themselves are kind of amazing and after you've had one you're probably gonna want another. I need to recommend you eat them with whipped coconut cream. Somehow it makes the whole thing remind me of donuts. I have been eating a lot of donuts lately because a "donuterie" (yes for real) in Vancouver has several different vegan varieties. So now I just always want donuts. But these magically satisfy that donut craving for me. I don't understand it but I'm goin' with it. Enjoy.

{ makes a dozen }

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Pinch Himalayan salt
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup raisins 
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Whipped coconut cream (optional) 

Grind one cup of the oats and all the walnuts into flour, then add the rest of the dry ingredients (including the remaining rolled oats) and mix together evenly. Pour on the maple syrup and coconut oil and stir together until a thick dough forms. Press into cookies and leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight until they are solid. I highly suggest whipping up some coco cream with vanilla beans and maple syrup and spreading it on the cookies before you eat them. Yum.

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l said...

YUM! I really love maple syrup lately too :)

Unknown said...

I love maple syrup!! So I'm sure these cookies will be amazing!!

Unknown said...

Hi Emily!
I just wanted to say hello; I've been admiring your blog for quite some time now. It's saved as a favorite on my computer, and that's saying something because theres only a couple of them :)

A few years ago I actually wanted to start a food blog. I bought a nice camera, started cooking and baking a ton and taking pictures. My ultimate goal was to travel the world and incorporate worldwide inspirations, but transformed into super healthy recipes. I didn't quite get it started - applying to nursing school took my whole focus and I lost touch with my blog plans. I now fantasize about making a difference somehow with both nursing and nutrition. Still trying to figure out a way to do that.

I watched your video some time ago about Vegan dating. It sounds so funny to say. But I'm actually at a point in my life where this is becoming a relevant issue. I just wanted to thank you for being so open about your opinions, views, sexuality and ideals. It is inspiring. I'm actually from Seattle (I know you're in the Vancouver area) and I'll be moving back there in a couple months. Perhaps I will bump into you some day and we can chat! Good luck with the cookbook and all your endeavors!