I am happy to report that it is finally a winter wonderland in Minnesota! We accumulated 10 inches yesterday! A lot of people complain about the brutal winters up here, but I would take this over a snow-less holiday season any day. True, getting from Point A to Point B can be difficult and dangerous in this weather, but after I taught a yoga class in the morning, I was lucky enough to be done with vehicle traveling. The rest of the day turned out to be a real snow day. I couldn’t shake the grin on my face as I watched it float down in thick, soft flakes.
I spent the day getting some work done at a nearby coffee shop, sipping cinnamon tea, and feeling the kind of calm you feel when your city gets quiet and humbled below a blanket of white…
But I also made sure to save time for fun stuff….like cookie baking! And a little un-baking too. In addition to some more traditional cookies (well, as traditional as you can get and still be vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free!), I decided to try my hand at a raw, vegan version of the Mexican wedding cookie, otherwise known as a Russian tea cake, otherwise known as a “snowball cookie.” Creating these cookies obviously passed my most important test: theme-appropriate.
Snowball Cookies (vegan, raw, gluten-free)
1/2 c coconut butter
1/2 c pecans
3/4 c cashews
3 T coconut flour
2 T agave (or sweetener of choice; I’d love if someone tried this with stevia and reported back with results!)
shredded coconut for coating
Blend everything together in a food processor. A dough will begin to form; (you may decide to add more coconut flour if it’s not thick enough). Roll into small balls and roll in shredded coconut. Refrigerate to harden.
These definitely have a hint of that traditional cookie favorite. Not an exact replica, but certainly one with more nutritional benefits, and certainly delicious!
Also worth sharing:
My upstairs neighbors made this amazing, HUGE igloo in our front yard. So cool, right?!
Is it snowing in your neck of the woods? Do you like winter? Did you play in the snow when you were young?