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Weathering Hurricane Sandy and Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites {Recipe}

by Marissa on October 29, 2012

The scene at my local Whole Foods looked like this yesterday afternoon:

And this (they were baking and bagging bread on site)

Luckily, David and I had stocked up on Saturday. We went back for a couple more bottles of water but in keeping with the bread trend, there were none to be found.

We spent yesterday running a few last minute errands, stopped into our local bar for a drink while watching the Giants game then made our way home to a healthy dinner.

I spent the evening juicing some of my veggies

Then I got adventurous and created a recipe for Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies. Ok, so they’re about 85% raw but 100% healthy.

Even if you’re “prepared” there’s still that sense of doubt you feel during an impending natural disaster of whether you really bought “enough” of the right things.

I tend to panic. Especially when faced with news reports, Twitter streams and scenes like the empty shelves above. It sends my mind in a tailspin of “what if” scenarios. I think most humans do the same which is what resulted in those empty grocery store shelves.

David, on the other hand, is calm and relaxed about these things. Almost to a fault. Another way we’re perfectly suited together because we balance each other out.


Scene from my living room window in lower Manhattan

While my social media streams flooded with people musing about missing a workout, wondering whether to evacuate or how many bottles of water they’d need, David’s laid back attitude had me thinking that if I missed a workout or we were short one can of soup, it’s no big deal. The most important thing is that we’re safe, warm and dry.

It’s unfortunate that sometimes it takes a potential disaster of this scale to put things in perspective, but dare I say we could all use a reason to slow down. Spend some time with your family or a good book today as you wait out the storm.

And if you’re up for some easy baking, try this recipe — if you have the ingredients. If not, wait for Sandy to pass. But that goes without saying – I hope!

 

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

1 1/2 cups almond flour (I keep this on hand as a by-product of homemade almond milk — same recipe as this DIY Cashew Milk just sub almonds — but you can buy it in the store also)

1 1/2 cups dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour

1/2 up + more to taste, vegan chocolate chips

2 pinches of sea salt

2 Tbsps. pure maple syrup

3 Tbsps coconut nectar

2 Tbsps. vanilla extract

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine all wet ingredients in a small bowl (except for the coconut oil)

Using an electric mixer, slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry.

Once fully combined, add the melted coconut oil.

Form the mixture into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake on your oven’s lowest heat setting with the door cracked open for  1 hour.

Store in the refrigerator and eat chilled.

Makes about 16 bites

 

Whether you make these now or later, make sure you Pin this recipe and share on social media with fellow East Coasters weathering the storm.  

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