Ovenless cookies

Since it is mid-April, that means it has been approximately two months since Kristyn suggested a recipe to me from a blog she reads. It also means that it has been about two months that we’ve had the ingredients in our kitchen, as I got really excited and conned Dan into going out and picking up the ingredients. Today, I finally bit the bullet and mixed up a batch of these puppies.

A huge part of my reticence toward creating this recipe has to do with the fact that it would mean facing a lot of new items and ingredients, which of course, is ridiculous. It’s very exciting to learn new techniques, use new foods and figure out foreign appliances. My first conquest was an appliance that I KNOW has tons of remarkable and practical applications, but I shamefully have not used very much. The food processor! Once I figured out how to get all the parts facing the right way, the blade locked in, etc. I dug my heels in.

You start with:
-2/3 cup almonds
-2/3 cup walnuts
-2/3 cup oatmeal
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/8 tsp sea salt

Then, you process until this mixture turns into a fine and consistent mealy texture. Then come the “liquids.” One of these was brand new to me! I’ve read so much about the many uses for agave nectar, but never tried for myself. How exciting!

I added:

-1/4 cup of agave nectar
-2 tsp of vanilla extract

After a couple pulses to blend this mixture, it was time for my favorite part – the CHOCOLATE! Opening a bag of dark chocolate chips is a very dangerous idea for me. When I was younger, my parents used to keep massive bags of Nestle’s chocolate chips in our freezer (for when my mom made cookies, etc.) and it was not uncommon for me to have handful after handful of these cold treats straight out of the bag. I was tempted to do the same today as well … and then I did 🙂

Once the chips were in the mix, I was again tantalized by the delicious (and egg-free – SAFE to eat) dough!

I resisted, and scooped little balls onto a cookie sheet, which was popped into the freezer. These bite-sized goodies are the perfect freezer treat!  When Dan arrived home from work, he was anxious to try one, so I handed him the pan. He was slightly disgruntled about how cold it was from its time in the freezer:

The verdict is that these are fairly easy to make, good for you and DELICIOUS. Recommend.

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