Life is funny. We like to think we know what we want, until it is given to us, and then it turns into “normal” and we desire something new. Does this happen to you often too? Maybe some things are exempt. Such as an ice cream cone, a trip to Disney Land, or a good night’s rest. I’ve never experience one of those and had my desire for it depleted. However, I sit here in front of you now, after writing my last post about the mountains, craving the coast. Missing California and it’s humid air, colorful plants, and big blue ocean. It’s hard for me to digest the thought of us living five minutes from the beach in sunny southern California just a little over three months ago. Now here I am in the place I was longing to be, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I really do like parts about being here, the job opportunities this move has given us, and think that Colorado has some beautiful places. I do not think that we are in the best area for our happiness to thrive, not being “downtown” or “city” people, but that we could get there in time. Possibly. There is a long list of qualms I have with California that drove me away, but of course being here I can only think of the parts I truly loved. Such would be the circumstance if I were still living on that southern coast, dreaming of cold and the mountains. I now understand better the lack of perfection any physical place will possess. I’m not sure what to do with that knowledge now, though. But somehow life turns out better than I could have planned no matter where we go, so I’m going to keep going along for the ride with my best friend at my hip. Life is such an adventure, and there is something amazing and beautiful to focus on with each new day. That never changes.
Oh, and another thing that should have been added to the list of things that my desire for never lessens, magic cookie cake. Is it a cake? A cookie? A magic bar? I like to think it is the best of all three crammed into one disk of perfection. It’s my favorite dark chocolate chunk almond cookie, baked as a cake, and topped with toppings reminiscent of the super ooey gooey indulgent magic bar my mom used to make with that super-sweet-makes-your-teeth-fall-out-of-your-head Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. Except this is not only vegan, it’s gluten free and made without processed sugar (minus the bit in the dark chocolate). I happily eat a slice of this with a cold glass of almond milk feeling zero guilt and all my teeth stay in tact. The flavor is incredible, you won’t miss the teeth rotting stuff. The coconut oil and almond flour give is a dense consistency with a perfect, buttery crumb. If I could I would top everything with coconut, macadamia nuts, and chocolate. So I did it here and hello MAGIC. Below is this easy recipe for you to whip up as well as some links I just found to be super fantastic this week. Hope you have a stellar weekend!
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Makes one 6-inch cookie cake. Serves 4 to 5.
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups almond flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/4 cup dried coconut ribbons
1/4 cup macadamia nuts chopped
a few squares of dark chocolate chopped
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a six inch cake pan with parchment paper, set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the liquid coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together with a fork until they all come together. Then sprinkle on top the almond flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well with the fork once more until it starts to form a dough. Add the chopped dark chocolate at this time and mix well. Transfer the dough to the lined cake pan and press in evenly with your fingers. Sprinkle the coconut ribbons, chopped macadamia nuts, and chopped dark chocolate on top of the cookie (in that order) slightly mounding in the center if you’d like (or you can do it evenly across, up to you!). Place the cookie cake in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let fully cool before removing from the cake pan. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Best if eaten within 3 to 4 days.
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