The Weston A. Price Way

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pleasure Soup and GF Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

This will be my last post, at least for awhile, on aphrodisiac foods. Remember my sharing about our marriage Life Group coming together to discuss the sometimes awkward subject of... S. E. X.?


You can read more about that HERE, but I want to share two more recipes with you before leaving the subject at hand. Combined with a wilted salad, (being sure to include some of the items on the Natural Aphrodisiacs List, such as almonds), and the Coconut Tibicos Recipe, this should make for a nice little meal designed specifically to facilitate a romantic evening. (Be sure to light candles at the table!) Remember, if you add red wine, no more than a few ounces because you don't want energy levels to be weighed down.

Here is the LINK TO "PLEASURE SOUP" at Green and Ginger, thanks to my friend, and half-host of our Life Group. (Her hubby's the other half.) Thank you, Debbie Bell! Please try to use organics as much as possible to lower toxins and help lesson the work of the liver and all other cleansing organs.

And now for the cookies...Thank you, Heather Jarrett!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (105 grams) Coconut sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) white granulated sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (130 grams) all purpose flour (I used Hodgson Mill multi-purpose gluten-free flour)
1/4 cup (30 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cinnamon chips
1/2 cup White chocolate or Dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt and then add to the butter and egg mixture. Mix just until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter on the prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.

Bake for approximately 8 -10 minutes or until the the cookies are still soft in the center but are firm around the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 24 - 3 inch round cookies.
(Note: If you'd like to make it a little more WAPF-Friendly, use all Coconut, Sucanat, or Rapidura for sugars.)
So, it's obviously not sugar-free, but hey, it's my FIRST post that includes something Gluten-Free for readers! (Those who know me best know I've been very timid about venturing into GF territory.) Still, because it's not sugar free, and because this post has a very specific purpose, don't overdo...a sugar crash is the last thing wanted on a romantic evening. (Heather's cookies were absolutely delicious and I could have easily eaten three...or ten. :~D)
Notice the ingredients include chocolate (dark is best for 'the cause'), cinnamon, vanilla and a derivative of coconut...ALL on The List. And to make it even better, there's butter to help the body assimilate the nutrients therein!

Friday's a-comin', but honestly, be intentional and open about bedroom plans with your spouse for whatever day(s) work best for you...It's easier than easy for romance to sit on a back burner, especially for multi-taskers. But it's not what God intended for us. He is pleased when we take time and put forth a bit of effort in order to enjoy mutual pleasure with our spouse...and that's a fact.  
~Love Makes It Worth It All!~


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