Hello guys! It’s another Monday, so time for another recipe! This time again in combination with a book review and I’m also being a rebel and bring you a treats recipe on Monday. It would usually belong on a Friday, with the other Friday Treats, but as life is currently a bit hectic, I’d rather bring you this recipe today than none at all! So what book and recipe am I talking about? It’s Tara Stiles’ Make Your Own Rules Diet or Dein Yoga, Dein Leben, as it is called in German book. The recipe I bring you from this book are the vegan snickerdoodles, which I adapted to make them refined sugar free.
Tara Stiles’ Make Your Own Rules Diet book is NOT a cookbook per se, it’s a lifestyle book, like Nourish from Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson, which I reviewed earlier this year. Recipes are actually just a small part, but she still covers everything from breakfast to dinner in it (and obviously desserts too, that’s where the vegan snickerdoodles recipe comes from 😉 ). All of the recipes seem very simple and doable to me, which is definitely a plus.
The book is divided in three areas that are called your mat, your cushion and your kitchen. As you might get from the titles, it’s about yoga, meditation and cooking.
Books about yoga or meditation can often be quite “out there”. This is not one of those books. The style of this book is very down to earth (at least what I have read – I haven’t read it from cover to cover though). She makes meditation sound so approachable and simple, that it really takes away this barrier that a lot of people (including me) feel when it comes to try out mediating. The same goes for the asanas that she describes – she breaks everything down in simple steps and gives advice in terms of modification and what you have to be careful about, to not do more harm than good. The accompanying pictures do their part as well! Lastly, there is a little chapter that gives you a 7 day quick start guide to change your diet and your practice. It’s broken down in so simple steps, that literally everyone should be able to try it out and also find time to implement this in their daily lives. If you feel ready to head deeper, there is also a 30 day transformation plan included which again includes morning meditation, breakfast, yoga, lunch, snacks, dinner, dessert and evening meditation. So, no more excuses to not at least try incorporating more yoga into your daily life and change your eating habits!
I have to be honest, this recipe is not exactly like the one in the book. Usually I stick to what the cook book instructions say. In this case, I used spelt flour instead of all purpose flour, replaced the white sugar with coconut palm sugar (and reduced the amount from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup) and also used rice-coconut milk instead of vanilla almond milk. Using coconut palm sugar definitely influences the way the cookies look and taste. White sugar would let the cookies spread out more (make them thinner) and give them a different texture. The cookies you see here in the pictures are made with coconut palm sugar – so if you use a different kind of sugar, yours will most likely look different as well. 😉
- 1¾ cups spelt flour
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 115 gr margarine
- ½ cup coconut palm sugar + ¼ cup for dusting
- ¼ cup rice-coconut milk (or other milk you enjoy)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F.
- Combine flour, corn starch and baking powder in a bowl.
- Beat together margarine and ½ cup of coconut palm sugar in a separate bowl.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract and combine.
- Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet and incorporate to form a smooth dough.
- Roll small balls from the dough and cover in a mixture of the cinnamon and leftover coconut palm sugar.
- Place on a lined baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes.
- After taking them out, let them cool on a cooling rack.
Thank you Droemer Knaur for providing me with this review copy!
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