Happy National Candy Cane Day! I wasn’t quite sure what I could make Paleo to celebrate National candy cane so I decided to go with a gluten free recipe instead. Besides, my sister always approves of my gluten free recipes more than the Paleo ones, and her opinion counts! Even though Christmas has passed, which I can’t believe, the year flew by, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with holiday flavors. I always used to be so sad with the end of the holidays when I was younger. It meant I was back to school and counting down to February vacation. Now it just means that we are a bit closer to summer and have a lot of snow and cold weather ahead. Yuck! This means I make sure to really pay attention to my mood and how I’m doing. When I feel a case of the “winter blues” coming I make sure to take extra good care of myself. Some ideas…
- Planning a trip or vacation (even if it’s just a weekend)
- Work on a project (cleaning my closet, decorating a room, organizing my kitchen, etc…)
- Cozying up with the puppy in my comfiest sweatpants and watching a movie
- Extra naps
- Making time for CrossFit and dance classes when I need it
- Going shopping
- Extra manicures and pedicures
- Lots of time with friends and family
- 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup agave (can sub honey or maple syrup here)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. pure peppermint extract
- 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
- 5 peppermint candies (check the label and make sure they’re gluten free)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl combine your flours, arrowroot starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt.
- Next add in your applesauce, agave, and egg mixing well.
- Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
- Lastly fold in your chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
- Drop onto a greased baking sheet in 1/2 tbs. sized portions.
- Bake 10-12 minutes.
Makes 12 cookies
Anyone else suffer from the “winter blues”?? What are some things you can do to make yourself feel comfy and happy?