I am enamored with makers, crafters, artists and creators of all types. There’s something calming and appealing about the idea of tangible work in the form of a craft, be it through film, paint, food, or raw material; textiles, wood, metal. It’s in our nature as humans to feel a general anxiety when we are not creating something or working towards a goal since we have such a broad capacity to apply our motivation and skills to do so. I think my stepping into the kitchen and meditating over recipes, visiting the farmer’s market or strolling through the produce aisle is my fulfilling the desire to be one of these makers. One of the primary lady inspirations for me right now is Bekah of A Well Traveled Woman who represents the principles of a sustainable, gracious and simple lifestyle that I just ache for when reading her blog.
This is why I feel drawn, like many others, to get into the kitchen to write down ideas and purely create. Your hands are made busy by tasks and tools so familiar they don’t require any thought-leaving your mind free to sort itself out or wander. I crave that time alone and find it to be a necessary respite throughout the week. Food is also an infinite source of inspiration for me-a reason to gather, connect to my surroundings as well as others and overall be more mindful of what’s going on around and within me.
These cookies are the result of wanting to mix something up that would be healthful as well as fun to take on the go. I love having high protein/healthy fat/good carbohydrate snacks ready for the taking when in a pinch for finding something to eat. The coconut gets crisp and toasty while the mango maintains its chew. They are hearty little bites with lots of flavor and texture that will surely give you tons of power.
Tropical Fruit & Flax Cookies
2 cups almond meal
1 ½ cups flax meal
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
½ cup flaked unsweetened coconut
½ cup chopped dried mango
½ cup banana chips
1// Mix your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Scoop in coconut oil, drizzle over maple syrup and honey as well as vanilla and salt. With these I didn’t even bother to combine wet and dry ingredients separately and everything mixed together just fine. Next, fold in your coconut and dried fruit.
2// Create 1″ balls of dough and place on lined or greased baking sheet. Press down as they won’t spread much during baking. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.