I have been reading this site for awhile now. I have learned some stuff but nothing to make it "easy". We can all see this by the over 7,000 posts alone for cooking advice. I have been to the library and read countless books. I have spent hours online trying to "get this down". Well, when I decided to RELAX and let go, it all of a sudden became easier.
1st and foremost: Find a recipe that works for you. Pancakes are easy, so are cookies. Just find one thing you can do and go from there.
COOKIES: 1 cup some kind of nut butter or seed if you don't do nuts (sunflower)
1/4 cup raw sugar (you can use whatever you want including liquid)
1 cup some kind of flour(oats are excellent), cereal,(Chex?) something along this line
You can add anything to this; dried fruit which you chop, cho. chips, nuts, seeds, chia, hemp seed, flax
If you toast them, then grind the add-ins you will get a better result. I almost always toast my flax, it
I have been grinding flax, chia and hemp and adding it to everything I make. A tablespoon or two will do it.
You can stew prunes and use those instead of sugar. Think outside the box. This you can do "raw".
I make my cookies using a blend of Bob's Cornbread Mix and Pam's Baking mix. WOW! This last time I added a whole bag of sorghum flour, to make it go farther. This is what I make pancakes, waffles, cookies and banana breads out of. Works like a charm. I am not a huge fan of gar gum or the other stuff, which I cannot spell, but use powdered buttermilk and yogurt to make stuff rise. Yes, there is already leveling agent in Bob's and Pam's. I use a cup of the "mix" and then add a cup of something else like amaranth or sorghum or teff flour. One egg and some baking powder & soda. I always start with 1/4 cup of sugar in everything. I really don't like too much sugar, not good for us. You can use any kind of liquid sweetener too. To keep it all together I dress it up with oats. So far we can eat Bob's gluten-free oats and I use them a lot. Trader Joe's also carries gluten-free oats, 1/2 the price of Bob's!
So, start with a tray of no-bake "cookies" and see what you think. There is some really terrific peanut butter out there from Sweet Dreams that has chocolate in it as well as some sugar. No need to add anything, just melt it in the Micro for a minute with 1/4 cup honey, mix it together with oats, dried fruit, seeds(millet is good) and ANYTHING else you want. Press into a pan or make balls, chill and eat!
Sometimes I will use these to do something fun for my daughter.
You CAN cook with these babies! Yep, you have to use more than one but
I "fry" them in olive oil, after wrapping meat & veggies, fun treat.
I have been experimenting with nuts. I am sure you all know you can make cookies with peanut butter, eggs and sugar. I started there and then started cutting the sugar. So far, I have a winner, with many different variations! I have found you can use any nut butter, which you can make yourself but it's so easy to get a jar of "natural" peanut butter, add a couple of eggs and some raw sugar, it's endless what you can do with this. Leave out the sugar and you have crackers. Add some cheese, oh my!
1 cup nut butter
1/4 cup raw sugar
350 oven for 10-15 minutes I make small, round balls, size of a large marble, then flatten
Um....that's it! Now, add ground flax, chia and hemp seed. I grind it individually, hemp seed turns to butter in 3-4 pluses, you want meal, not butter. Same with flax and chia. If you grind it too long you will have butter. If you take the time to google the ingredients, you will see what wonderful nutrition this is. Pure protein and the most omega 3s you can get from a food! Here's a link for the hemp...http://www.ratical.org/renewables/hempseed1.html
Your children will thank you for this!
I have made these with almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, It's all very oily, DON'T let that scare you. It will bake up so crunchy and nice! You can add some flour, it's not necessary, for the mix to come together. We eat Bob's gluten-free oats, last batch I added a 1/4 cup to sop up the oil. Geeze, these are too good to be true!
One last thing, you can sub any kind of sweetener. Start with a little, you can always add more. There are so many different ones!