I don’t know what’s happening to me lately but it seems my brain has cut through some memory connections because I seem to suddenly forget so so many things it is ridiculous. Of course, we all choose what to remember based on our opinion on what is important and what is not, but to suddenly forget things that ARE important to oneself?? I think I am lacking sleep. I’ve updated the blog’s theme and I’ve applied to several Ad Networks to start putting up some ads here because Green Healthy Cooking has finally grown big enough to generate some revenue thanks to all of you. Wohoooo!!! I have been extremely busy lately as you can imagine and this obviously resulted in some sleep deprivation because I can only work at night when the kids are in bed. The lack of sleep seems to be causing memory loss. Ugh! I’ve got to get better organized (writing this at 00:44?!?). Today was my son’s “Super Kid Day” at school and he was allowed to bring his favorite book and a toy to show all his friends and I FORGOT!! How on earth can a mother forget such an important day?!?! I mean, he is 4, for him that is pretty much as important as getting a PhD, right? How could I forget? Thank goodness he got offered another day and this time I think I will write the date on my forehead with permanent marker so I’m reminded every time I brush my teeth and look in the mirror.
On another note though, the hard work and lack of sleep have created something totally awesome, don’t you think? I love my new theme!! There is still a couple of details I have to change but I’m sure I’ll be able to figure out pretty quickly how to do that because I can officially say I am no longer a coding beginner but rather a mid-experienced one *back-slapping* *proud* Who would have thought I would ever….eeeever….understand all that geeky stuff behind a blog. I used to think I could NEVER do that and ever since I have kids “never” doesn’t exist anymore. “Never” is totally restrictive for the development of their self-esteem. Telling them they can “never” do something is something I’ve sworn myself I won’t ever (haha!) tell them. They can learn and do anything they want if they just try hard enough. They can and will learn to learn everything and succeed at what they want to learn and become experts in. My parents used to say “doesn’t work, doesn’t exist” and still there have been people in my life with sufficient influence to convince me of the opposite. The art teacher that tells me to switch classes and focus on music because “I’m not good at art”, the math teacher that tells me “you can only be good at either languages or math and since you are brilliant at languages you can’t expect to be good at math”. Like how stupid is this conclusion? And still, as an insecure teenager these comments way in heavy. How does one teach a child that these comments are ridiculous? By proofing them wrong! My husband plans on teaching our kids programming skills from a young age because it is an important “language” for their future and I plan on staying on their level for as long as my brain works. Why? Because I can! Because I can learn everything always!
*step down off the soapbox*
For now, I have a new recipe for all of you! A very versatile and fun one. Almond Cocoa Cups! In which you can put a bowl of ice cream or fruit, or yogurt or both or a cheesecake filling or whatever you can think of. They are the perfect replacement of store-bought ice cream cones and as usual…healthyyyy. Making these has been a lot of fun and “decorating” them with the kids even more. They are made super fast and taste awesome. I mean who doesn’t like almond and chocolate taste? I certainly do and we ate two filled ones each after dinner. I will show you on Thursday with what and how they got decorated so you can make these pretty things for Mother’s Day to celebrate every family’s Pachamama to show them you love them to pieces because that is what every mama wants to know. I know from experience ;)
The food processor does all the work blending all ingredients together into a dough and then you just have to form the little cups by pressing them into a muffin mold with a measuring cup or small glass or even your fingers as shown in the picture below:
To get sort of uniform sized cups I recommend measuring the dough. I used a measuring tablespoon to measure the amount I put in every hole. 2 tablespoons of dough per cup and then I used my 1/4 cup measuring cup to press the dough down.
Almond Cocoa Cups
- 2 cups almond flour (+ possibly 1-2 Tablespoons)
- 1/4 cup raw cacao
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 large egg
- 4 Tbsp cold butter (60g)
- Preheat oven to 350 F (180°C).
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until a ball forms. (If the processor does not form a ball, the dough is too wet and needs more almond meal. Add a Tablespoon at a time until reaching required consistency. The wetness of the dough correlates with the size and liquid volume of the egg).
- Divide dough evenly into a 12 hole muffin tin and press down with something the same form but smaller such as a measuring cup, a glass or if you cannot find anything use your fingers to press the dough to the bottom and sides.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and let cook down completely before removing from the muffin mold, otherwise you risk braking them.