I posted a picture of these delicious cookies on instagram a few weeks ago and some nice people asked for the recipe. I said it would be posted that week. It wasn’t. 2016 was like a root canal during an apocalypse from start until almost finish, and I barely had time to breathe, much less blog. Apologies, peeps. I’m back now, and I just finished two other posts and scheduled them to publish next week and then the week after that. I think you’ll enjoy them.
For those who hope for more than just a recipe when I post, I’ll give you an update: I almost died again. There will actually (probably) be two posts next week. One of them will finally be a decent About page for this site, explaining how I actually started eating like this (grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free) in the first place.
For now, here’s the short version. I had celiac disease, various other serious intestinal diseases, a few different autoimmune diseases, multiple transient ischemic attacks (which I like to call “teensy strokes.” Multiple teensy strokes add up though, and then they don’t seem so teensy anymore.), and finally, there was something we missed. I’m not going to tell you about that right now. Wait until next week. It would spoil your appetite for these cookies.
The good news is: I found one incredible doctor, and then another incredible doctor. Incredible doctor number 1 started me on some super-serious meds and incredible doctor number 2 gave me more meds and some novel treatments I’ve never heard of before, and now I’m feeling better than I ever have in my life. There’s a long way to go. Months of treatments left until all these illnesses are completely cured, but I already feel like I’ve won this battle. I have won this battle actually. I don’t just feel like I have. Because I got my spirit back. My body is still rebounding. My soul is already whole.
Food is still the foundation of my treatment. Daily bone broths, grass-fed, pastured eggs and meats, and lots and lots of veggies and veggie juices constitute the bulk of my healing therapies; and, as my gut continues to regenerate, I’m noticing the effects of following what closely resembles the Wahl’s Paleo Diet even more than I did before. Food is medicine, and I can feel it healing me with every bite. My doctor has altered my diet somewhat, removing all sources of sugar, including dates and honey. So, I actually can’t enjoy these cookies for another 7 weeks, but you can.
Thank you — all of you — who have been following this blog and my instagram. Thank you especially to those sweet friends who have told me that this blog has helped them. It’s been a dark few years for me, and hearing that I’ve helped other people, and being reminded by friends that I may have helped people I’ll never hear from makes it that much more satisfying to have now entered the light. May 2017 be the best year of your lives so far. I know, without a doubt, it’s going to be the best year of mine.
Grain-Free Chocolate Cookies
1/4 cup ghee
1/2 heaping cup chopped medjool dates
2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
4 tsp honey
Preheat your oven to 325 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, cream the ghee and chopped dates. Add the egg and honey and process until smooth. Then, add all remaining ingredients and process until the mixture pulls away from the sides and begins to form a ball.
Spoon 2 Tbsp of cookie batter onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten slightly with your fingers or a fork. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.