I’ve been drinking too much coffee, more wine than I need, and eating too many nuts.. Since I know this, I’m just jumping in and cleaning things up a bit. As a result, I want to eat things that are all of the things listed above in the title: grain free, high fiber, no sugar, and dairy free. I can barely believe this would taste good, except that I liked them so much I ate the entire batch in one day!
The ingredient that has been saving me all the time lately is coconut flour. I’m able to help my clients keep their grain intake low to none by sharing recipes for things like the coconut flour flatbread and coconut flour pancakes, muffins, and cakes. These things help me too, but right now I need to remove the dairy for a while (not so difficult, I don’t think). This morning, I kept thinking I wanted something bread-y or cake-y, but not pancakes (because then I’d want toppings I want to stay away from right now!)…the idea for the skillet cookies was born!
5 Minute Stovetop Coconut Flour Cookies
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 scoop protein powder (21g – I used SunWarrior, but I honestly think Jay Robb would be better) – I bet you could just sub in a little more coconut flour for this if you aren’t into protein powders.
a few drops of stevia (to taste)
In a frying pan over medium heat, add just over 2 T coconut oil to melt.
In a bowl, add all the other ingredients. Add the melted oil to the bowl, and mix with a fork till well-combined. Taste the dough and add more sweetener if needed. You can add things to these—I think chocolate chips would be amazing, but I’d also try nuts or seeds if you’re into that kind of thing!
Roll the dough into balls with your hands and flatten (they won’t rise or change shape in the pan). Place the cookies in the pan, brown on each side and then eat! They would be fabulous with nut butter, chocolate, or even cream cheese on them. I ate them plain and was completely happy. This made about 7 cookies. I ate some of the dough, so I’m not sure exactly, and it will depend on what size you make them.
Tomorrow I might try them with chocolate protein powder and see how that works (I don’t see how it could be bad!).
Other random things from this week…
Pizza Grilled Cheese—Cousin loved this (I was too lazy to make the cauli crust so I went with coconut flour flatbread). I didn’t have parmesan cheese, so I subbed in grated cheddar and that worked great!
News/Notes: Today, I actually sat at my computer grading papers for 8 hours straight (ok, one quick trip to Whole Foods happened during that time). It was not terribly fun, but I like the feeling of crossing things off my list. I’m not feeling great, but it’s my own fault, so I’m taking responsibility for my actions and doing a cleanse (not a crazy one, a real one with a purpose that I made up based on what I need). But see, I don’t like to feel yucky, so I’m easing into it. It’s not so hard for me to stop eating cheese and nuts if I replace them with something, but if I just say I’m going to leave all that eating space open and empty, I’ll be really unhappy. (Which is why the skillet cookies were born). So it’s a process for me to alter the quantity/times that I eat, but I had no trouble keeping out certain things. Today was a success: no nuts/seeds, no dairy, no grains (but I never eat grains anyway), and I’m gradually adding more of specific nutrient dense foods. Oh, also, I am cutting out (down?) caffeine, and I don’t want to do that all at once, so I’m tapering that over a week or two.
I booked my flights to NY for Oct 25-Nov 5. By the time I leave, I want to feel great. I have a lot of people to see while I’m home, and I have scheduled my movers to transport my stuff to California so I’m sure I have lots to do to get ready for that.
What do you think about the skillet cookies? I have been thinking about trying something like this for a while—I usually just want a quick treat in a limited quantity, and preheating/baking seems like too much of a process to be worth it!
Have you made up anything new in the kitchen lately?
Do you ever do cleanses or detoxes?