Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
March 3 – 9, 2018
1. Chocolate covered almonds
(or chocolate covered anything, if I’m being honest)
2. Finishing my first graduate-level class
(with a good grade!)
3. Free shipping.
Am I the only one who falls for the marketing schemes? The website says, “Spend $10 more to qualify for free shipping.” So I spend $10, usually on peanut butter.
Two questions for you:
- What is your favorite chocolate-covered food?
- Do you put more in your cart so that you qualify for free shipping?
I’ve noticed a lot of people out in blogger’s world advocating the Paleo diet. They make it sound great–let’s eat like cavemen–and their pages have some pretty yummy recipes. Since I know I could never be a strict Paleo (no oatmeal? no yogurt? no black beans? forget it!), I decided to see if I could even make it a day.
For breakfast, I cooked some eggs. So far so good…then I topped them with corn salsa. Strike one.
– That’s okay. It’s only one meal. I will do better the rest of the day.
My mid-morning snack was peanuts. Strike two.
– Alright. Third time is the charm. Lunch will be perfect.
I found a recipe for sweet potato patties, made some modifications to keep it both Paleo and tasty, and set to work. After some cooking and photographing, I devoured two delicious sweet potato patties…topped with cottage cheese. Strike three. I’m out.
More power to ya’, cavemen. For now, I will keep eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.
Paleo (or not) Sweet Potato Patties
- 1 cup shredded sweet potato
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbs. almond flour
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
- honey to taste (if you have also given up the Paleo way of life 🙂 )
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl
- Shape mixture into two patties
- Heat a medium skillet over high heat and place patties in the pan
- Cook for a few minutes on each side until the patties are golden brown
- Remove from pan, eat, and be thankful that we are not cave people
I am under the impression that if something can be homemade and you have the time to make it, it should be homemade.
Today I challenged myself to make almond butter, and it turned out delicious. All you need is a food processor, almonds, and about 10-15 minutes.
Since this butter is homemade, you can determine how crunchy you want it. To store it, simply put it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator.
Homemade Almond Butter
- Place almonds in food processor and pulverize for 10 minutes.
- There is no need to stop the food processor at any time unless the sides of the bowl need to be scraped.
- Eat and enjoy!
Oh. My. Word.
What just went in my mouth?
Is food in Heaven going to taste that good?
Those were the first three things that I thought when I took a bite of these scrumptious apple cookie bars. You have to try them. Like right now. Quit reading and get baking!
Apple Cookie Bars
- 1 apple
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 2/3 tsp. vegetable oil
- 2/3 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dice apple into the tiniest pieces imaginable. If you think they are small enough, cut them in half again.
- Grind almonds in a food processor until the it just begins to make a flour-like texture. You don’t want huge chunks, but you want the pieces to be distinct.
- Combine apples, almonds, oil, and cinnamon.
- Whisk the egg.
- Add egg and coconut to apple mixture.
- Spread mixture onto greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes (depending on how well-done you like your cookies).
You can cut these into granola bars, cookies, or crumble topping for yogurt or ice cream.