Trust in the Light. Darkness is not a force – it is merely the absence of light. Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place, the darkness disappears. Sadness is similar – when joy is brought to suffering, the sadness disappears. Open yourself to the Light! Hold back nothing, Trust in the Light.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Who doesn’t love cookies?Cookies turn even an ordinary day into a celebration. This is my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe jazzed up a bit. Just in time for holiday cookie exchanges, this recipe is gluten free, egg free and reduced fat. Don’t be fooled by the ingredients in this recipe. These taste so good, if you don’t tell them, people without food restrictions will never guess anything is missing.
Chocolate Chip Trail Mix Cookies
2 Tablespoons flax seed meal mixed with 6 Tablespoons hot water (this will replace the eggs)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (instead of butter)
3/4 cup agave nectar (instead of white and brown sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour (don’t worry buckwheat isn’t even a distant relative of wheat)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup cranberry almond trail mix
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut.
Combine flax seed meal and hot water. Stir and let sit until thick (consistency of egg whites).
Combine flax seed mixture, applesauce, agave and vanilla in large bowl. Mix well.
Add flours and baking soda. Stir to blend in flours.
Add chocolate chips, trail mix and coconut. Stir till well mixed.
Spoon by tablespoons onto baking sheet. Press out a little with back of spoon dipped in water if you want a flatter cookie (these won’t spread out like cookies with butter and sugar.)
Bake in 350 degree over until bottoms of cookies are browned.
“Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry, “More light.” Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlelight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we’re supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light.” Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider
“The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.” Felix Adler