What a glorious morning!
I’m sitting at home all cozy in my robe and slippers enjoying my second snow day in a row! This is really rare because my school never calls off so I am definitely enjoying myself. I also have a four-day weekend so its like a mini winter break. Score! I’ve been keeping myself busy though, working on my new years goal of reading more literature. If you took any new years goals, how are they going?
I really enjoyed hearing all about your thoughts on Valentines Day on my last post. Ever since I was little I have always loved Valentines Day. Sure it is overly commercialized, and paying $100 for a bouquet of roses is insane, but there is something so romantic about the day. It’s a day devoted to love, and lovers and all things red and pink and chocolate. In my house my mom and I celebrate by exchanging small gifts and just hanging out (which isn’t really that much different from any other day, except the gift part! :)). As a single lady I still enjoy valentines day because it shouldnt be about whether you have a man, it should be about loving yourself and those special people around you.
In honor of valentines day (and round five of vegan thursday!) I present to you a totally cheesy but friggin delicious raw-vegan cookie recipe…
Take Me on a “Date” Cookies
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon agave
2 tbsp dried cranberries
8 drops vanilla crème stevia (optional)*
Place cashews in your food processor and process until small pieces. Chop your dates and all them processing until mixture is formed. Add your agave, cranberries and your liquid stevia and process again. It should have a sticky consistency. Roll out your dough on a cutting board and form into little balls, or cut with a cookie cutter.
*The liquid stevia is optional because it is a little expensive, you can always substitute with another 2 teaspoons of agave and 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla extract. The vanilla crème stevia though makes it PHEENOMINAL!
You might have noticed that stevia is my preferred choice as far as sweeteners go. Stevia is all-natural herb that originates from africa which has zero calories and has a zero glycemic index. It’s great for replacing white refined sugar, and icky artificial sweeteners. Any other questions you have about stevia can be answered here. Do you use stevia?
This was my first experience using liquid stevia which I picked up the other day. Sweet Leaf liquid stevia also comes in many flavors like chocolate raspberry, root beer and orange. Yum!
Today is going to be a very low-key day. Ive gotten all caught up on Secret Life of an American Teenager (can anyone believe Amy and Ricky kissed!?), and am about bundle up and see if I can get out of my drive way so I can go to the gym and pick up a few essential ingredients for some up incoming recipes. ;)
Keep your eyes opened, I am going to be hosting my very first giveaway soon in honor of my one year vegan anniversary which is Tuesday February 16th!
Question of the day – What is your preferred sweetener?