It's that time of year again, when farmers, crafters, makers and bakers set up their tables in pavilions and on lawns. Fresh produce abounds, and the farmers' markets bustle with people eager to eat local vegetables after a winter of produce imported from foreign places.
I always feel a bit nostalgic in the beginning of June, remembering when I would drive my old Subaru to different markets around southwest Montana to sling gluten free goodies.
My top seller, no question, were these Trailmix Cookies. Soft, chewy, and full of yummy goodness such as nut butter, dried fruit, and oats, they sold like hot cakes. I've since modified the recipe to make them even more nutrient-dense; they now taste heartier.
If you're craving a dessert dessert, then these probably aren't the cookies for you. But if you like a little sweet without a full-on sugar splurge, these glorified energy bars are just that treat.
Summer days call us to move our bodies. I love how I feel more energized by the simple virtue of having more sun in my life. Between hiking, climbing, biking, and running, my body craves to be refueled by whole foods.
Though I often buy bars, I find I feel best when I eat food I make at home. I think we all do, and that's what makes farmers' markets such a valuable resource. We can stock up on those whole foods that help us work and play hard and enjoy that home-made goodness in the process.
Since I no longer run my pop-up stand, These Words allows me to continue sharing my passion for good food with friends and strangers alike. Happy summer, folks! Here's a recipe to fuel your adventures.
What You'll Need
1/2 C Almond butter (or peanut butter)
1/3 C Brown sugar
1/3 C Cane sugar
1/2 C Butter, room temperature (I used Earthbalance vegan butter)
1 t Xantham gum (if you're using GF flours)
1 t Baking powder
1/2 t Baking soda
1/2 t Salt
2 t Vanilla
1 1/2 C GF flour (1 C brown rice; 1/2 C potato starch; 1/2 C tapioca flour; you can also use regular wheat flour)
1 1/2 C Oats
1/2 C Chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
1/2 C Dried Fruit (I used cherries, but raisins, currants, or cranberries would taste good, too)
What You'll Do
1. Preheat oven to 375. Using a mixer, blend together butter, nut butter, sugars, baking powder, salt, and xantham gum, scraping sides of bowl to ensure an even mix.
2. Mix in vanilla and eggs.
3. Mix in as much flour as possible with the beater and then stir in the rest. Add in oats, chocolate chips, and dried fruit.
4. Roll the dough into inch-size balls and space on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes.
Easy peasy, amiright? I hope y'all enjoy these nuggets of numnums.