Sunday, September 20, 2015
Walnut Honey "Shortbread"
These little bites are slightly sweet and have a hint of the light melt-in-your-mouth quality that shortbread embodies. They are a breeze to make, and taste best chilled or frozen but can also be eaten seconds after making. When frozen I think they resemble shortbread even more in terms of consistency.
If you're sensitive to nuts, you can use all seeds or whatever ratio of nuts work for you. For me, I use 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds as the first ingredient, or even 1/4 cup walnuts and 3/4 cup seeds. On a hot day, especially after a run/walk/swim/what-have-you, it is pretty amazing to have a couple straight from the freezer. They will stay soft yet be delightfully chill, making them a perfect summer treat.
Today after a lap swimming workout, I enjoyed a couple for a post workout treat and I must say they are one of my new favorites! Speaking of lap swimming, I aim for 30-45 minutes per session and recently discovered the joy of creating a plan to make the swim time fly by. A sample workout would be to do the following, repeating it if you'd like!
1. Warm up 4 leisurely laps either freestyle or breaststroke
2. Swim 4 laps at a higher exertion with a kickboard fluttering your legs keeping your head in the water and taking breaths as you would in freestyle.
3. Swim 5 laps at a medium intensity.
4. Leisurely swim 2 laps backstroke or sidestroke.
5. With a float between your thighs, swim 2-4 laps using just the upper body. Squeeze the float as much as you can with your thighs, even making little pulses.
6. Swim 4 to 8 laps at a medium to higher intensity/speed.
7. Cool down, 2-3 laps super easy.
Note: though I was forced to be on the swim team for years as a child, I'm no coach: I just took an online workout and tweaked it to my enjoyment/capability. Use it as a loose guide and enjoy! Now that I'm pregnant with my giant twin belly, the pool feels amazing and I can always count on swimming as a good way to exercise with no pressure on my joints.
Walnut Honey Shortbread
yields 16 cookies or so
1 cup walnuts
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 2-1/2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
(my lovely friend makes a similar cookie using stevia; use stevia to taste and omit the sweetener for a sugar-free version)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (soft, not melted)
1 to 2 tablespoons water
1. Food-process the nuts (or seeds if substituting), and coconut. Once it is pretty mixed and mealy, add in the rest of the ingredients. Start with 1 tablespoon of water, adding more only as necessary for dough to stick together.
2. Roll into 1 or 2 tablespoon-sized balls or discs and chill. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.