I can't believe it's the Holidays already! I know we all say it every year, but the months just seem to fly by. I have never been a cold weather person. I much prefer sweating over freezing. But with that said, it definitely is not the same this time of year without a little snow. I think I mentioned in my last post how my oldest son LOVES the snow. And I would be a horrible doggie mom if I didn't mention that my rottweiler loves the snow more than any animal I've ever met. The first thing he does when he goes outside is flops down and rolls around on his back for 5 minutes. Then he buries his ball, and tries to find it. It's pretty entertaining to watch.
The one thing I think we can all relate to this time of year is the abundance of food, especially Christmas cookies. Not sure if this makes me a bad mom, but I haven't yet gotten into the cookie making tradition. I was never one to keep many sweets in the house, and I know if I make cookies I will eat them, and probably most of them. Also, my kitchen is tiny. I don't know where the heck I would prepare and then store all those cookies! Of course I would give some away, but I'm not putting in all that hard work to not enjoy any of them myself! My son and I did attempt to put a gingerbread house together, but it turned out to be a total disaster. I just ended up indulging on all the gingerbread, while he ate the candy.
It's no secret that there is so many temptations around this year, so it may be difficult to stay on track with healthy eating. While maintaining an overall healthy eating pattern is of course important, it is equally important to enjoy this time of year with family and friends. Food is the centerpiece of most activities, and it is possible to stay sensible and socialize with loved ones, while not being paranoid about over-indulging. And if you do tend to go a little over-board, its ok, we are all human.
My main reason for writing this blog, is to share with you a recipe that I have had for a while now. One of the main things I've learned more about after becoming a plant based eater, is how to sweeten things without always adding regular old cane sugar. Other great sweeteners are: over-ripe bananas, applesauce, dates, coconut sugar, and pure maple syrup. Luckily this recipe I already had on hand fits the bill! So here it is; so simple and delicious. Enjoy!
3 overripe mashed bananas
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups uncooked oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup raisins or dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Roll into cookie shape balls, and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let cool. It's that simple!
Would love to hear your comments/thoughts about these cookies, so please share once you've tried!
Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy Holiday season!