I swear this is the last entry about sunbutter for a very long time. Okay, well, for at least a little while. Now, you may be asking yourself, ‘Self, with all this sunbutter consumption, isn’t Kathleen packing on the weight?’ And to you I would respond, ‘My dear sweet friend, thank you so much for your concern. I love that about you. But no, I am still maintaining a 19 pound weight loss. ‘ That’s right. For nine months I’ve lost and kept off that much weight. I really don’t see how it’s possible with all the butter, coconut oil, full fat coconut milk and yogurt, fried eggs and sunbutter I’ve consumed. All I can say is that the no sugar and low amounts of grains I eat must be the ticket. Oh, and I don’t eat much cheese these days either. I’m sure that may have something to do with it.
It’s not been an easy road though. Having to give up my milk and cereal breakfast and sandwich lunch was extremely difficult at first. Socially, it has been a complete drag. Not eating bread at a social event is tantamount to belonging to a cult. It’s strange and downright weird to many. To some, I’m sure I seem to just be hopping on the next fad wagon. And to others, I’m just taking things to the extreme. (I admit, I have a tendency to do this last one.) I understand now what those with allergies must feel like when ordering at a restaurant. Or the strange feelings vegans have when attending a potluck. It’s uncomfortable. And it’s difficult to stick to your guns when others are asking, “Are you sure? Come one, a little bit won’t hurt.”
I’ve come to realize that eating is such a social event in our culture, and when you deviate from the norms, people notice. They ask questions, not necessarily out of curiosity, but to figure how you got these bizarre notions. It’s hard sometimes to be the weird one. But I’m learning. I try not to draw attention to myself by saying, “I can’t eat that.” and just simply say, “No, thank you.” I think most people believe I eat the way I do to lose weight. Not so. I started this journey to fight candida. I do try to explain it’s for health reasons, but I tire of the explaining. I just want to be normal. Ha! Fat chance at that. Hee. Hee.
Anyway, now that we’ve established I’m not gaining weight with sunbutter and that eating this strange way makes others and myself uncomfortable socially, let’s move on to COOKIES.
I’ve been making Elana’s Pantry biscuits for a few weeks now and loving them. I slather on butter, sunbutter (of course) and coconut butter and enjoy them for breakfast or lunch. One day I was thinking how much these biscuits remind me of a cookie. And then it hit me. I wonder if I added a few tablespoons of sunbutter and a teaspoon or two of vanilla, if I could have a peanut butter cookie. Oh, yes. Yes, indeed did I have the most delicious peanut butter cookie. I made four little cookies out of my biscuit batter (the rest of the batter I made into regular biscuits just in case the sunbutter experiment was a flop). I ate all four cookies in one evening. I couldn’t stop myself. Oh, my. Were they tasty. Now I wish I made the whole batch into cookies.
I recently read some material about how sunbutter can tend to turn baked items a hue of green after a few days. So, don’t be alarmed if you have green cookies. And you know what, who cares. It’s Christmas. These could be your green Christmas cookies. I know I plan on providing some for myself.
Now, I’ve only made a small batch of these delectables, so I may need to come back later and change the recipe a bit. But here goes.
Peanut Butter Almond Cookies
2 1/2 C almond flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 C xylitol
1/4 butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla (I used the alcohol free version from Frontier)
4+ Tbsp Sunbutter (peanut butter would be great too)
You need two bowls. In one medium sized bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
In the other smallish bowl, mix the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add this mixture to your dry ingredients. Blend with a spoon.
Now add your sunbutter and mix.
Drop a large spoonful of batter onto a cookie sheet. With your hand, shape this dough into a cookie. You want it to look nice, don’t you?
Okay, you got me. I ate all the cookies before I could take a picture. This is actually the biscuits. But they do look VERY similiar.