With any luck, this is the last sweet treat that you will see here for the next 3 weeks. In response to the approach of summer and the slight but constant bloat in my belly, I’ve decided to jump into a 21 day sugar detox. This is not a well-planned or well-researched detox. Some more seasoned and hardcore detoxers might even call it a “detox lite” because it’s not as strict as it could be. Nonetheless, I decided that doing something that feels possible for me for 21 days is better than doing nothing.
My version of the sugar detox goes like this:
Not OK: sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup (or any products containing these…bye Clif bars!), white or refined flour, fruit juices
OK: pretty much everything else, including whole fruit
I’m going to focus on eating vegetables, fish, eggs, and healthy fats like olive and coconut oil. These won’t be all that I eat, but I just stocked my refrigerator and pantry with exciting personal detox-approved items including broccoli, asparagus, spinach, cucumbers avocados, bananas, lemons, olives, wild-caught salmon, Oregon bay shrimp, and sardines packed in olive oil. And some Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers.
In the meantime, these healthy (but brown rice syrup containing) cookies are going in the freezer. They’ll be waiting for me
21 20 days from now.
Raw Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies
makes 30 cookies
adapted from Rawmazing’s recipe
- 2 cups almonds, soaked and dehydrated if possible
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut, pulverized in the blender
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/3 cup peanut oil (I think I’d like to try coconut oil next time)
- 1/4 cup fresh strawberries
First, make the filling. Put the strawberries in a blender or food processor and puree. That’s it. Set aside.
Place almonds in the food processor and pulse until finely ground. This could take several minutes.
Add coconut and chia seeds. Pulse to combine. Add brown rice syrup and oil and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse, wet sand.
Using a tablespoon measure, form the dough into small balls. Press a hole in the center and fill with strawberry puree.
Dehydrate and 115 degrees for 8 hours.