fig & honey

May 14, 2017, Mother’s Day… I received a Fig plant.

Fast Forward

Today, October 26, 2017, for breakfast along with some Beefuddled Farms generously dripped honey…. I ate my first, beautiful, luscious, glorious Fig.

Oh yeah, some things are worth the wait.

So worth the wait.

my golden ticket

Everyday for oh, say, 30 some years, I would have an afternoon coffee and a little cookie, a piece of biscotti, an almond thin,  just a little something, something to go with my coffee.

I had to give that all up.  Yes, including how I made my coffee.  Good bye daily lattes.  I gave away 17 bottles of coffee syrups.   The daily cookie had to be deleted as well.   Somehow during all those years, the tiny piece of cookie was mixed up in my brain as comfort food.

3.3 years ago, in every part of my life I had to give up something.

I think I had oatmeal almost every morning of my life for about 45 years.   I have even ordered oatmeal at  3 different Four Season Restaurants.  I have ordered it in more states than I can remember.  I have eaten it with every topping imaginable.  My favorite.  Goodbye.

To say that I had an anger issue about all this would be an understatement.

Thankfully, I got my brain working again and figured out how to have my coffee once again.  (thank heavens for coconut cream).  Yesterday, I had a Butterscotch latte  (think butter and maple syrup and espresso).   I even have learned how to have an iced caramel latte.

20160426_171527Treats have been a bit tricky.  I used to bake batch after batch of Biscotti.  I wrapped it beautifully and gave it as gifts.  I gave it away to co-workers.  I gave it to neighbors.  I even sold some to a coffee stand for a while.  I loved Biscotti so much, I wanted to marry it.  Really!

Once I figured out, it wasn’t the chocolate bits that I liked or the drizzled frosting on top or the poppy seeds…..I adored the cookie part.  Just a crisp piece of cookie that I could dip now and then.   I knew I could figure this out.

So here I am 7 or 8 batches later…….remember my rules,  I can’t use sugar or dairy & it has to be gluten free. 20160426_164248-1

I tried “Swerve”.  No thank you.  I tried maple syrup, nope that wasn’t it.  I tried coconut sugar, again, not what I was looking for.  I tried Wax Orchard’s fruit sweet (I love this product, it just didn’t work in the biscotti).  I tried agave nectar, nope not the golden ticket.   I don’t use any artificial sweeteners of any kind.

Wait did I just type golden????

Honey.  I have fallen in love with Raw Honey and it has been my saving grace. Raw Honey has helped me heal and quite honestly saved my sanity.  My Golden Ticket!!

Daily medicine more manageable with a 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey.   Making my own Almond Milk, yes, you guessed it with raw honey.  Salad Dressing and treats, coffee drinks and the list goes on and on.

So here you go.  I am sharing my recipe.  By all means make it your own.

Here’s to comfort food that brings no guilt.

Here’s to our good health!

In this together, friend. 20160427_093752-1

Honey Almond Biscotti

1/2 cup butter (I used Earth Balance) 

3/4 cup raw honey

2 fresh eggs

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon real almond extract

3.5 cups flour ( I used Better Batter Flour) 

1/2 teaspoon baking powder (no aluminum) 

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda 

3/4 cup raw sliced almonds

(You can add up to 1 cup of dried fruit or other goodies if you want)

Beat the butter until light.  Gradually add raw honey, eggs, vanilla and almond extract.  Beat until smooth.  Combine flour, baking power, baking soda and salt.  Add to honey mixture.  Stir in almonds. 

Shape dough into two 10X13X1 inch logs and place on a silpat covered cookie sheet.  Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Remove, cool 5 minutes.  Reduce heat in oven to 275* 

Cut each log into 1/2 inch slices and arrange on baking sheet.  Bake 20 minutes or until crisp.  Cool on a wire rack.  Store in a air tight container. 

Make coffee (or tea).  Sit down, feet up and enjoy a piece.  Pure comfort.  (and no guilt for me)

sweet tooth fix

Every now and then I get a mighty strong hankering to curb my sweet tooth.

Yes, even folks that don’t eat sugar get a hankering for something sinful and sweet.

These little beauties fill the bill.  Easy, quick, makes enough for another few days, no baking, zero guilt and SO GOOD, you lick the spatula clean!

20151015_163635I call them Penny Blossoms.  Get out your favorite big bowl and magic wand (wooden spoon will work).

Combine 1 cup of gluten-free oats, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup ground flax seeds, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (I use Fry’s) and some sea salt. (side note:  I have been know to add a teaspoon of espresso powder as well.)  Swirl together.

Melt 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond butter over medium heat.  Once all melty (yes, that is a fancy word) remove from heat and 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract &  1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon raw honey.  I happen to have the good fortune of using Befuddled Farms Honey.  So sweet and smooth and lovely.  I am so grateful to use such a fine quality product.   Here is a word to the wise, (seek out a local bee farmer, your world just got instantly sweeter.)

I encourage you to check out Befuddled Farms face book page.  You will “bee” happy that you did!

Okay, back to the “how to”.   Once the mixture has cooled slightly, pour it over the oat mixture & mix well with a spoon.  At this point you can toss in raisins, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds or chocolate chips etc..  Totally up to you.  Roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls. Please make a couple big, fat, lovely ones.  One of these gems will be perfect on your way to a bubble bath, when you really need a sweet tooth fix.20151015_165425-1

Keep in a covered glass container in the refrigerator.

Save for dessert or grab one on your way to fold laundry. Or grab one on your way to work.  You might consider nibbling one while studying.  Pick out the perfect one to sample while you go to face book and look up Befuddled Farms.   There is somethings really satisfying about eating a Penny Blossom while riding your stationary bike while reading a murder mystery.   Certainly all good choices.

Ah, fancy gold star for me, the sweet tooth is conquered, for today.