Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Looking for the perfect healthy cookie?? Look no further…this is a homerun for sure!!

My mother made these cookies.  The neighbor kids were here with my 2 children.  They ate this entire container and never knew these were gluten and grain free.  They are that good!!

I do not have a food processor so my mother used my blender to make these which was not as easy to break down the chickpeas.  We had to do it in batches but they came out perfect.  Simple, healthy, full of good things and oooh so good.  I am going to make another batch as these will be gone by tomorrow night for sure!!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • ½ cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup vegan mini-chocolate chips (I used regular chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor. Blend for a few minutes, dough should be smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer cookie dough to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Use a tablespoon and scoop dough into balls and drop onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Makes about 22-24 cookies

Strength

I am having a hard time dealing with life today knowing a family is suffering the final days of their little 5 year old boy.  He’s their son, a twin, a big brother to his little sister, and big brother to their unborn child.  Watching the world go on in “normal” fashion is hard almost surreal.  How is everyone in this world going on while this family suffers.  http://bensauer.blogspot.com/  He is a local child to our area and has a cancer similar to one that took the life of one of my friends 7 year old son.

I remember having this same feeling after my father passed away at the age of 61 from cancer.  I felt like my heart and soul were in a stalemate with life yet everyone was buzzing around like nothing had changed when everything I had known if my life had.  How do I step out the door into this world that has no clue of my loss and confusion on how you move forward and find joy in life again.  I had a 3 month old daughter at the time who would never know this great man who raised me. Every time I look at my son I think this child never felt his grandfathers arms hold him.  And yet, in time I found a way to move forward, heal, and find joy again. I was thankful for the 61 years he had and the time I had with him.

But how do you accept this when it’s your child, a twin child no less, and one you have only had 5 short years of loving?  For the rest of your life you will see that childs face in his brothers face and remember the differences they had.  How do you move forward?  How do you even breath after something so terrible is happening to you?  These parents are AMAZING and their Faith is inspirational!!

The strength these parents have is unbelievable.  My friend who lost her son 5 years ago is such an inspiration to me.  She still grieves everyday over his loss and the fact her daughter is now an only child.  She is so much stronger than I could ever be. Little Ben’s parents have such a strong faith, so much stronger than I could ever have.  I do not know them personally but feel like my world should be affected because they deserve that from the world!!

So today, please take a moment to let yourself feel for this family.  Send them strength in whatever way you practice whether it’s praying, crystals, energy, meditating, or whatever.  They could use it!!

 

 

Rainbow Chicken Stir Fry

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This is as easy as it gets and so colorful it’s almost art served on a bed of rice.  This is a basic recipe and you can add anything you like such as cashews, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, peanuts, flax seeds, mushrooms etc.

4 thin sliced chicken breasts cut into strips or cubes

one orange, green, and red pepper cut in strips

one small onion cut in thin strips

1 garlic clove minced small

1 cup of snowpeas

Approx. 4 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

soy sauce to taste

Scallions to top

Brown Rice (I made enough for 4 servings)

Cooking:

Brown the chicken in 2 Tablespoons sesame oil until cooked through.  Set aside

Brown/soften the peppers, onions, snowpeas in remaining sesame oil (drizzle in more as needed)

Add all ingredients and cook until sauce thickens a little.

Serve over cooked rice and top with scallions.

Quick, Easy and Delicious!!