Friday, 16 August 2013

Almond, coconut and chocolate cookies (Gluten Free)

It's Friday afternoon and there's an abundance of soaked shoes, icy nose, numb fingers and upturned umbrellas. On the other side of the window, my life is also saturated with the same sort. You know that situation that you're in where you just have too many things on your list that you couldn't bring yourself to doing any of it? Yeah, that happened. And of course, there are the many things that popped up that HAD to be done instead of sitting down, with a cup of tea, some snacks, in front of my laptop, with 8 hours ahead of me to write my essay. I'm the biggest pro at procrastinating I tell ya. Even in the wake of exam, I could STILL be browsing blogs. 

Anyway, seeing that my test IS next Monday (ie. two and a half days away - gasp) and I DO have TWO assignments due (which includes one which I have TRIED - honestly, I have - many many times to write but after literally 3 weeks, my word count still remains at 23, which constitutes of my title and subheadings - whoop! At least I've done that?)in a week, I think I REALLY HAVE TO sit down with a cup of tea, some snacks, in front of my computer and just start writing the damn 6000 words on myoglobin. I swear though, there was something blocking me from writing that assignment. EVERY SINGLE TIME I tried to start wri- ok, I'll stop. 

Ok, I promise I'll start writing it, after I finish this blog post. This cookie is sort of a marriage between THIS HOTTY by Top with Cinnamon and THIS BEAUTY from Sprouted Kitchen. Like, these people - Izy, Sara and Hugh are so talented (and hardworking). I just get so inspired everyday. And of course all the other amazing blogs out there like My Darling Lemon Thyme, Local Milk, Happyolks, Not without Salt just to name a few, are what kept my passion for food burning. Argh everything just looks so delicious and the photos! They make them look so effortless. A-mazing. Really. I have to say thank you to these guys for doing what they do, for continuously making such delicious food and for sharing them. In all honesty, this is probably what kept me from writing that 6000 word essay haha. Maybe.

Well before I rant on for too long, here's the recipe.

Almond, coconut and chocolate cookies (Gluten Free)

3 tbsp olive oil
Any herb (I used what I found in my garden, which was sage and... some really fragrant herb with cute leaves that i unfortunately don't know the name of >.<)
1 1/4 cups almond meal 
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup raw sugar (blended)
1/4 chopped dark chocolate 
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla 

1. In a clean (make sure it is clean! as oil easily absorbs flavour) saucepan, add in the oil and herbs. Cook on low-medium heat for several minutes, until fragrant. Remove herbs and cool oil before using. 
2. Combine all the other dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. 
3. Beat egg and vanilla together until thick (homogenized and doubled in volume). Drizzle in the cooled oil while beating continuously until well incorporated. 
4. Mix into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. The recipe said refrigerate for at least half an hour, although I skipped this step. 
5. Shape into balls, approximately 1 tablespoonful of dough each. Place on tray then flatten slightly.
6. Bake in preheated to 180C oven for about 8-10 minutes, until slightly golden brown. 
7. Cool before serving! 

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