Can you think of a more nostalgic snack than cold milk and chocolate chip cookies? I’m sure when you think back to your childhood, you picture your mother or grandmother pulling a hot, fresh batch of cookies out of the oven, or you immediately smell the aroma of baked cookies and melting chocolate filling your house. Sadly, I don’t really have those memories. When I think of milk and cookies, I think of a bag of Chips-A-Hoy cookies dipped in a glass of whole milk. I’m sitting in front of the television watching Full House. My mom is working, full-time, to support us. But, in those moments, I was completely happy. I had a wonderful upbringing, filled with lots of love. I had a big family, a warm house, a dog, a pool, a trampoline. I was never lonely, or neglected. Still, it’s strange how my life has changed so much from those days. The days when I gave about as much thought to what foods I put into my body as I did to tying my shoes. It just happened, everyday, without so much as a second thought. I think the reason it never mattered was because I was always thin and I was rarely hungry. Between picking at one meal a day and being blessed with skinny genes, eating a bag of chocolate chip cookies was the least of anyone’s worries in my house.
See, when I picture my mother and grandmother, I see style, confidence and beauty. Lose the apron, add a pair of heels, a swimsuit and a bottle of tanning oil. My mother and grandmother’s ability to be the most generous women I’ve ever known and yet never step foot into a kitchen with the intention to cook, is how I formed my belief about the woman’s role in a household. Their charisma and love was always more than enough to outweigh those seemingly meaningless traits of cooking and cleaning. But still, perhaps because of this non-domestic approach my mom and grandmother had to raising our family, I have begun to develop this vision of myself as a mother, pulling a tray of warm cookies out of the oven as my kids run in from school. I’m probably wearing a floral apron, as well. I think we all want something for our children that we missed out on.
Today, May 10, is my grandmother, “Bargee’s”, birthday. It always falls around Mother’s Day and my memories of her are overwhelming. Although mom and Bargee never taught me how to make chocolate chip cookies, or roast a chicken, or sew on a button, they raised me to be the person I am today. They showed me what it means to be beautiful and different, and how wearing flashy jewelry, high heeled shoes, bright lipstick and a bikini at any age is only as glamourous as you believe yourself to be. For the two most special women in my life, with your encouragement and strength, I have grown to be an independent woman, I have taken everything you taught me, and adapted my life to suit me. And while I will probably transition to a one piece bathing suit sometime after my kids are born, and I will make food and nutrition a big priority, I will also remember the importance of shoes, big christmases, saying “I love you”, not letting them out of the house when it snows and calling every single morning. These cookies are for you.
Bargee’s Birthday Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free **Contains Nuts and Eggs
- 2/3 cup gluten free coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond butter in natural oils
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (beverage)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chip cookies, or enjoy life chocolate chip cookies
- 1/2 tsp gluten free baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- Preheat to 350 degrees F.
- In food processor, combine flour, almond butter, coconut milk, egg, baking soda, vanilla and dates.
- Process until a semi-thick, semi-cream batter forms.
- Add more flour, if desired, but the batter is not meant to be as thick as regular cookie dough.
- Remove blades and stir in chocolate chips.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Jenna comes to the Frugal Flambe with delicious allergen-free recipes for the busy family. A writer (see her blog: The Paleo Project) and experimental photographer, after several years of food sensitivity and skin problems, Jenna decided to begin a paleolithic lifestyle. Paleo eaters tend to stick to the pre-agriculture food groups: meat and fish, vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, nuts and herbs. No sugar, no dairy, no grains, no legumes, no peanuts, nothing processed. Just whole, organic, healthy foods that work well with the human body, eliminate auto-immune diseases and improve food related ailments. This allergen-free diet is Jenna’s new way of life and she is constantly teaching herself new ways to cook and feed her body what it needs.Every Wednesday, she’ll share her her dishes with families who suffer from allergies, or people who are looking to change their eating habits. No sugar? No dairy? No grain? No problem!