Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carrot Cake Cookies for Church {vegan}

 Good morning empty peanut butter jar...you are so divine!
Filled with 1/3 cup oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp pumpkin puree, 1/3 banana mashed, 1 tsp vanilla, molasses and sugar and topped with almond milk.  In the fridge overnight (or for two hours) and enjoyed.

Fuel to get up early and start my Sunday.  First on the agenda:

Carrot Cake Cookie Bites
adapted from Oh She Glows

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp sucanat
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup finely shredded carrot
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in water
1/4 cup maple syrup-- I recommend the real stuff
1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed or olive oil
1 tsp vanilla

Frosted topping:
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
~2 tbsp almond milk
dash of vanilla

 I started by prepping my carrots.  A food processor works wonders for this!
One cup of freshly grated carrots packed.
Then I whisked together my dry ingredients in my stand up mixer.  I highly suggest using all tools available to you when it is early on a Sunday morning.  No labor at all!  It is the Sabbath!
First I combined the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and sucanat.  Next I added the carrots, raisins and walnut.

In separate bowl (I used my food processor!) combine freshly grated ginger with warmed coconut oil and maple syrup.  Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well.
The sun was just starting to shine through the window at this point.
Drop by the tablespoon onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Roll into a nice little ball with your hands.
And bake in a 350* oven for 12 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on rack for 10 minutes. 
Whisk together your frosting ingredients.  This isn't so much of a frosting as it is a frosted topping.  I decided to add this step at the last minute.  I didn't put a lot of sugar in these cookies and since I was feeding the masses, I thought they might enjoy a little sweeter touch.  If you are like me and prefer your cookies wholesome and not too sweet, skip this step.

Dip each cookie in the frosting and turn right side up and let set.
This morning we had a potluck at church to celebrate the beginning of advent and to fuel for some Christmas decorating.  Mr. Kummerow and I self-delegated to helping the children decorate ornaments while the adults did all the heavy lifting.  Hey, someone's gotta do the dirt work!

A fellow church goer has recently started eating vegan.  Follow her whole story here.  She is such an inspiration and motivation to me!  I am nearing my one-year vegan anniversary, and it is so refreshing to hear about the positive physical, emotional and mental benefits she is experiencing!  Just like with my faith at times, my passion for healthy living and eating ebbs and flows.  Watching her go through this transformation has helped me to up my own dedication to eating vegan and also eating healthy.  I always say, just because I'm vegan doesn't necessarily mean that I am also healthy.  But I would like to be both! 

A wonderful benefit of sharing the same eating habits as other church members: having options at a potluck!  I originally walked through the line with a plate full of lackluster salad and crackers before she approached me to let me know about her vegan sweet potato chili!  I was quickly back in line with an overflowing bowl of her delicious stew!  Maybe I can convince her to share her recipe on the blog...whatdaya think Shannon?!  I am really so proud and excited for her. 

I recently just shared with my husband that I was very thankful that he is also vegan.  It wasn't really his choice to become a vegan, rather a necessity if he wanted to continue eating at home!  But you know what?  He feels the positive influence of this diet and now chooses to eat vegan even when we are not at home.  My friend from church is currently balancing a house full of kids and a husband who also didn't choose to be vegans.  They are acting as bystanders of her "experiment."  So far they have been very supportive of her and have embraced the new lifestyle.  I know it isn't easy on her or them, but I am so very excited and hopeful of their new healthy lifestyle! 

To wrap up this longer-than-average post, I will just say that I went to bed last night, woke up this morning and proceeded to church in one of the most foul moods.  Thankfully I can sit here now in a much better place, with a positive mind and a light heart.  God is good.  And I am thankful. 

What are you thankful for today? 

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