Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie

A sunny and fresh spring afternoon has permitted me the time to share this dear recipe with you.  It is a jewel of a cookie my friends. I wish I could hand you a warm freshly baked cookie right now, one that's been browned to golden perfection just the way you like it.  Little nibbles to savor as you read through my thoughts of late.  Yes, I have been quite contemplative these past few weeks. Though this in and of itself is not too rare, it's more the focus of these thoughtful energies that draws attention.   I have found myself entrenched in study these past few weeks.  The body and food's effect on it being the main subject of study, of course, as is my usual focus, but I have been educating myself on a more specific approach.  One that I have purposefully avoided for some time now.  I arrived in this place of study because of various experiences and emotions.  This month has been a time of frustration, confusion, humility, gratitude, depth,  joy, curiosity, growth and passion. All of these feelings have combined to redirect my focus and give me the courage and desire to attempt a daring feat.  

My body is requiring a new look at food.  To put it simply, I need to heal.  Elimination of foods has been my game for the past six years and it has not produced the change I wish to see.  Oddly enough, there is a scientifically-proven approach that could truly heal my gut and bring an end to many if not all of my woes.  Why have I not tried this before, you ask? Well, because unless all other options have fallen away, most would find this route extremely arduous.  Challenging lifestyles and ways of eating is not revolutionary to our home, yet I still find myself taken aback by the intensity of this approach.  

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet or SCD for short focuses mainly on destroying all bad bacteria so that the gut lining has a chance to heal, SCD has had a 70 to 100% success rate with those that follow it rigorously. Another option, a branch of SCD is the Gut and Physiological Syndrome or GAPS. Taking a similar approach, GAPS simply incorporates a different probiotic and includes various detoxing remedies.  I am simplifying both greatly, but believe me these two methods are dramatically changing lives as we speak.  

As I continue to study and research I find my reasons for avoiding SCD and GAPS disappearing.  If others have embraced this adventure enough to see success, then I believe with God's strength, His grace and my Love's support I could possibly see this through. 

I have chosen to share this process with you because you have demonstrated such kind support in the past. A new style of cooking, baking and living will of course flow naturally into my future recipes and posts. May these various alterations surprise you and provide inspiration for your own life.  I am looking forward to discovering what I can conjure up within my new guidelines. I have been entrusted with a new challenge, with it will come a much needed change. I am already feeling lighter just by sharing this with you. With this refreshed spirit I will, as of this moment, actively choose to see the beauty in it! To full health! Cheers!

 {Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie}

1 1/2 cups Cashew Meal
1 cup Almond Meal
3/4 tsp Sea Salt
3/4 tsp Baking Soda, gluten-free
Dash of Cinnamon, to taste
1/3 cup Coconut Oil, organic, extra-virgin + cold pressed
1/3 - 1/2 cup Maple Syrup, pure + real
2 tbsp Vanilla
1/2 -1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt coconut oil in a sauté pan. Whisk all of your dry ingredients together in a large glass bowl  Add in the liquid.  I always measure my coconut oil first and then follow with the sweetener to ensure every bit finds its way into the batter.  Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips.  Allow the dough to rest for at least 15 minutes.  Prepare your baking sheet with cocout oil or a pastry mat.  Scoop a tbsp of dough, roll it into a little ball and place on your baking sheet.  Space each cookie about an inch apart. This batch should yield 15 cookies. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven.  The longer they go the crispier the surface and the richer the color.  Our favorite is when they're just barely golden, still moist and doughy. If you're not careful this cookie will capture your heart with it's chewy sweet and salty nature.  Bake away and enjoy my dear friends!


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