You know me, I need a little something sweet to round out the day. I have this little treat right before bed, after I have finished the dishes and prepared the lunches for the next day, after I have taken the dog out and cleaned up the living room from the inevitable displacement that results from a normal day, and after I have washed my face, brushed my teeth and gotten into my PJs. It’s my reward for completing the necessary, and often unrelenting, tasks that life brings. Before you start, I know they say not to eat right before bed, but for my life, this little moment is like my fifteen seconds of meditation before I go to sleep. I heat up one or two of these cookies and pour myself a glass of coconut almond milk. I climb into bed, and take a deep breath before slowly enjoying every morsel. This moment is important for my day. It’s like my minds shut off switch before I nestle in to hopefully a deep slumber that prepares me to do it all over again the next day.
I love this moment. It’s a time for me to reflect and to appreciate the day. Even if it was rough, this cookie is good and this moment reminds me that, as a whole, my life is wonderful. Sometimes it’s the stolen seconds that put everything into prospective, forcing the small annoyances and stresses to blend with the larger truths, revealing the bright landscape of life. It helps to have a tasty cookie to facilitate this kind of reflection. Good food has an amazing ability to shut off the mind’s periphery (that ever growing list of to-dos and stresses), and focus entirely on the task at hand. My mind follows my taste buds as they travel through the cookie, first to the rich coconut flavor enhanced by all forms of coconut, the flakes, coconut butter, coconut milk, and flour, then you crunch through decadent cocoa nibs, giving intense chocolate flavor, and toasty pecans. Suddenly, like a flash flood, your mouth is filled with tart and sweet raspberry nectar, intensified by the slightly bitter nibs and creamy coconut. There is just too much wonderful flavor going on for your mind to focus on anything else. The amazing thing about these cookies is there really isn’t anything else. This cookie is all about celebrating the ingredients within it, no added artificial sweeteners, just pure coconut, cocoa, pecan, and raspberry goodness.
People laugh at me when I talk about the power of food. Yes, eating these cookies will give me loads of nutrients to help fuel me for a good night sleep, or life in general. Food is fuel. This is fact we all know to be true. What we don’t like to admit is the emotional and mental impact food can have, or if we do, we often shove it off as negative or unhelpful. I would like to challenge that idea. Food can be a restorative influence on our mind. My point isn’t to tell you to run towards food at every stressor or anxiety to relieve that feeling. I can assure you it won’t, trust me, I have spent a lifetime trying. What I am saying is to respect and enjoy these moments, to allow your mind to be settled and relish each bite. When you do eat your meals, be mindful of them. Don’t rush them, but take a small moment, even if it’s just five minutes, and enjoy what you are eating. Focus on it; allow the flavors to impact your tastebuds, and your soul. I think you will be surprised by the mellowing of your mind. Using food as emotional support isn’t always bad, in fact, often times its amazing the power it can have. It’s when we only go to food that is issues arrive.
I love these little clusters of coconut yumminess. I have served them to friends at dinner parties and keep them around for my nighttime sweet treat or midmorning snack. They are satisfying and manage to eliminate almost any craving I have. If you like things a little sweeter, instead of cocoa nibs, add stevia sweetened chocolate chips. These mounds are delicious both ways, especially when paired with a creamy glass of almond milk, or cozy cup of hot tea. Dunk, don’t dunk, do what your heart desires, but be intentional about it, and enjoy every bite.