Dewey has the right idea, this is what I should be doing today. Another day full of crappy, rainy weather. I’m always surprised by how much the rain can lower my mood, but I’m sure it’s not just that. I missed yoga this morning because I slept in. I slept in because Shane and I finished two bottles of wine while watching the latest Harry Potter movie. Don’t judge, it was fun!
I really don’t get Potter mania anymore, both Shane and I find the movies so bland and forgettable. Case in point, the time we started watching the fourth movie and got more than halfway through before realizing that we had indeed already seen it. I’m sure many of you disagree with me on this (I know my sister does :), but I just can’t excited about Harry Potter. Too many things happening at once, too many new characters with little background knowledge. I supposed it would be easier to understand if I had read more than just the first book, but I’m just not bothered at this point. I mean, Game of Thrones is very complex, and I knew what was going on despite not having read the book first. Now that I’m reading it, I’m finding that the show is almost exactly like the book, word for word. Pffft, Harry Potter.
See what the bad weather does?? It makes me a whiner! Anyway, after our drunken fun, I was unable to wake up in time for yoga. Add to that Shane having the car, and me being stuck at home makes for one complaining Lara! If my foot wasn’t broken, I could at least do a run on the treadmill. I miss my treadmill 😦
Anyway, one thing I do to curb the boredom of my time home alone is bake. Reading and following the Zone method of eating has certainly given me a different perspective of food. Balancing the macro nutrient of every meal is sometimes a chore, but not that difficult. The problem (as I have mentioned before) is boredom. I mean, a huge honking spinach salad with chicken breast is tasty, but anyone can make that. It’s not exactly ground breaking. So today, I thought ‘nuts to this, I’m going to make some non zone food!’ That is where the buckwheat comes in.
I like treats as much as the next person, but some things just aren’t worth the damage. I’m not a huge cookie hound, but when I want some, I’ll make them myself because I can at least control the quality of ingredients. There is nothing remotely redeeming about white flour, so my mission today is to shake it up a bit. Buckwheat is awesome, it contains loads of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and is reputed to have anti tumor effects. The benefits are numerous with this little seed, so if you want to know more about buckwheat, click here.
I made two recipes today, and I’ll start with the cookies. In my search for a recipe that features buckwheat, I came across this recipe and used it as the inspiration for my final product. I changed the recipe slightly to suit my tastes, but overall it is very similar.
Buckwheat ‘Monster’ Cookies
1 cup dark buckwheat flour
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp of each – baking soda, baking powder, sea salt
1/4 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup organic sucanat
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.6 ounce of both semi sweet and white chocolate chips (3.2 ounces of chocolate total)
1/3 cup apple juice sweetened dried cranberries
2 ounces raw almonds.
Preheat the oven to 360. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (including chia) and set aside. Meanwhile, add coconut oil, butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream the ingredients together (I used my kitchenaid stand mixer for this job). Because you are using sucanat, the mixture will be grainy, don’t worry about it, this is normal. Add the vanilla and then the eggs and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and mix. You will get a very stiff batter, this is also OK, it’s because of the chia. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. You can also add or change these mix in’s as the mood strikes you.
Prepare 2-3 baking sheets lined with a silpat, parchment or tinfoil. Lightly spray with oil. Drop a heaping teaspoon full of batter per cookie on the sheet, you should have no more than 9 cookies per sheet (they will spread out a lot, so make sure there is plenty of room between cookies). Bake for 10-12 minutes (until they are golden), one baking sheet at a time. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing cookies from the sheet (the cookies will be far to soft to move, so be patient and let them cool right down). Makes around 20 large cookies.
These cookies are really nice! I had one and I was very satisfied with it, so that’s just one more tick in the box for buckwheat as opposed to white flour. I think the next time I make these I’ll use 3/4 cup of sugar as I found them a little sweet. Then again, maybe my taste buds are adjusting to more savory foods (which is great!)
This next recipe is so easy, it’s hard to even classify it as a recipe! This was the hands down winner for me this afternoon, and yes, it also includes my beloved buckwheat.
Cherry, Buckwheat and White Chocolate Almond Bark
1/4 cup buckwheat groats
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries, halved
3 ounces raw almonds
10 ounces of chocolate chips (half semi sweet, half white)
Rinse buckwheat groats well for a few minutes. Drain and set aside. Set a frying pan on medium heat and add the groats. Do not use any oil, this must be fairly dry. The water that remains on the groats will evaporate as they toast. Do this for about 5 minutes or until groats have browned and are fragrant. Stir frequently to avoid burning. Set toasted groats on a tin foil lined baking sheet along with the cherries and almonds. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, then top the mixture with the chocolate. Make sure everything is covered evenly (I had to stir a little bit on the baking sheet). Top with a small handful of white chocolate chips and allow the bark to set in the fridge (make sure it is resting flat). After a few hours, remove from the fridge and break apart into smaller piece. Store in the fridge or freezer.
Umm, yeah, this almond bark is amazing. It’s also very sweet so I just had a small piece…. and one more. To make sure that it was of the highest quality… That’s right…
Healthy they are not, but it’s still a thousand times better than what you get in the store! I hope this makes up somewhat for my recipe drought over the last few weeks. I’d love to know what you guys think if you try these!
Ponti wants your attention now. He’s such an attention whore sometimes! Oh well, he gets away with it because he’s cute.
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