Every food foundation comes with a vast array of personal decisions. It’s easy to put our opinions on other people’s food foundations according to those personal decisions. What we consider Paleo (and we think we should add the ending “ish” because for us, Paleo ebbs and flows like the vegetable options at our local farmer’s market) is not what our neighbor “Mr. Joe Blow and I only eat 100% strict Paleo” would eat. We don’t call ourselves Paleo out of some sort of political agenda or “hey everyone else is on that bandwagon so scooch on over friend cause we’re gonna jump on it too”. We call ourselves Paleo because we’re not afraid to cook in our own kitchen using naturally occurring ingredient. Lean meats. A shit ton of vegetables. Very little grains. No Legumes. Lots of spices and we’re not afraid of eating good fats despite the “low fat/no fat” confusion caused by the majority of the food industry. Eating Paleo makes us feel better. Perform better. Sleep better. The Standard American/Canadian Diet couldn’t give us that. End of story.
You’ll hear a lot of the Paleo community get their boy/girl panties in a bunch over the idea of eating treats. Every where you look, there’s a new alternative for that Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookie Dough Vanilla Ice Cream in a box all you have to do is add an egg and pop it in the microwave for 3 seconds and VOILA! Enough sugar and fat and processed deliciousness to knock over a fat bull.
We love sweets. We don’t partake in them very often but when we do we still try and make the best decisions we can (unless of course you happen to attend Tara’s Costco Christmas Party and they have gingerbread pudding and that really cool baked Alaska then ALL BETS ARE OFF!) and by best decision we mean we try to keep things under control and use naturally occurring (with as little processing as possible) ingredients.
Take these delicious looking cookies. Made in our very own kitchen. Flour? No. Crisco/Fluffo? No. Butter? No. Sweet and Chocolate-y? Yes? Still full of lots of calories per cookie? About 160 depending on the size of your cookie? Could we sit down and eat the entire batch just like that Duncan Hines box of processed ingredients we can’t pronounce? HELL YES! Will we? No. We decided that of the 22 cookies this made, we ate 2 (one each) when they were done. Gave 2 to our lovely gaybor Abby and 4 to our trainer Chris. That leaves 14. Just enough for each of us to have one each day for the next seven days.
Enough of the babble. Make the cookies. Enjoy the hell out of them. Don’t gorge yourself. Cook in your own kitchen. And for Pete’s sake stop eating the Duncan’s crap.
Paleo Trail Mix Cookies
- 1 C Almond Butter (or other nut/seed butter)
- 1 C Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 C Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 C Cane Sugar
- 1/2 C Raisins (or dried cranberries)
- 1/2 C Dates, chopped
- 1/4 C Shelled Pumpkin Seeds aka Pepitas (or sunflower seeds)
- 1/4 C Honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
Preheat oven to 350F.
If you really want to get all awesome up in your kitchen, try your hand at making your own almond butter before making these cookies. BAM! Two birds one delicious stone!
Put together your dry ingredients and mix well. Add almond butter, egg, vanilla, and honey to dry ingredients and mix until you have a nice cookie dough. Drop tablespoonish size dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat baking mat and bake for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool, then put one of those babies in your mouth!
~Now that’s good (but controlled) eatin’ Folks!