Caveman Cookies

by Jenny

What a few weeks! I don’t know about anyone else but I am exhausted. I decided to take a mini, impromptu break from blogging for a few days so I could regroup a bit and spend time actually enjoying the long weekend rather than trying to cram too much into it.

It was in the interest of being more time efficient that I said goodbye to my long hair, and have come back full circle to the same haircut I had four years ago. I’m trying not to be too sad as I’ve fulfilled the lifelong ambition of having long blonde hair (it didn’t really suit me so it didn’t stay long). Unfortunately, blogging, exercising, full time work, and an active social life didn’t mix with hair that took 30+ minutes just to blow dry let alone even consider styling (I am really lazy when it comes to my hair). Luckily I had a treasure trove full of sweeties to console me!

{2 years ago/long blonde/long brunette/now!}

So a week late, here is my Food Penpals big reveal. I was partnered with the lovely Laura, who sent me a box full of global goodies, and old favourites. What I loved about this selection, was it was filled with naughty treats not usually kept in my house, because I can’t be trusted around them.

The sweets were scoffed whilst watching TV with friends, and the tracker bars proved a brilliant post-run sugary pick-me-up. I don’t think I can thank Laura enough for the banana bread porridge (her favourite flavour from the states) that proved the perfect hangover pick-me-up on a day when my cereal cupboard was bare.

The real star of the show was the chilli oil garnish which we have used on everything!

I had every intention of saving the Jubilee themed M&Ms for the bank holiday, but as I failed to celebrate in any shape or form the lack of patience wasn’t noticed. Whilst I wasn’t so much a party pooper, but more of a casual un-observer, I did help some local Rainbows celebrate by baking them a celebration cake.

It was so much fun to play with my new icing paints, and experiment with Royal Icing which I don’t usually get to use (as I don’t like the taste of it!).

I would have made more Jubilee treats for my food pen pal, but I think they would post-date her eating habits. Jenny from the fabulous Primal Zest, follows a paleo/primal diet, which I find just fascinating. To find out more head over to her site.

I personally found these cookies a little bland to taste. Although they were full of fruity flavours, they were lacking in any of the five flavour sensations. I would recommend adding a few tablespoons of honey to sweeten them, or if you’re not following a primal/paleo diet, dipping them in dark chocolate!

Caveman Cookies
makes 24 small cookies
adapted from Nom Nom Paleo

2 cups of grated apple (I used braeburn)
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup almond slivers
2 tsp coconut oil melted
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup shredded dried coconut
1/2 cup of apple sweetened cranberries
pinch of salt
3 eggs

Preheat the oven to 175C

In a big bowl mix the apple, almonds, cranberries, coconut and coconut oil.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon.

Pour the eggs into the apple mixtures and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Spoon onto a lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the tray half way through.

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