November?! Where did that come from? Wasn’t yesterday August?
Sometimes, time feels like it passes by so slowly and other times you blink and it seems like years are pulled right out from under your feet. Wow, November.
If there is one month that I feel like its already over before it begins, it’s November. And how do I know this? Go to just about any retailer the day after Halloween and what do you see? Turkeys? Pilgrims?? Nope. Christmas. That’s what you see. Trees, lights, snowmen, Santa, and everything that goes right along with December 25th. And it’s November!
I have a very strict personal rule that I will not listen to Christmas music voluntarily until the day after Thanksgiving. This is really hard for me as I love Christmas music. But what else happens the first of November and in some places even in October? Christmas music is streamed 24/7. Sorry, I just don’t get it. I am sure there are plenty who think I am being a Scrooge but I feel that one of the most special holidays we have to share is completely overshadowed by all of this. Have we forgotten about Thanksgiving?
Gift giving and tinsel and lights all have a very special place and they are part of such a beautiful holiday. But it’s time to give Thanksgiving the month of gratitude it deserves. Imagine if we waited in long lines camped out in the freezing cold just to tell a loved one how much we were grateful for having them in our lives. And if we wrapped tidings of thank you’s to the mailmen and the grocery store cashiers in our lives. What if we ran all over town in through traffic to stop at each friend’s house with a warm hug and a small chat? Sure the season of gift giving will come, but what if we put the same energy we did into holiday shopping as we did into giving tokens of gratitude? Who knows, maybe it would catch on to the point that we would be giving gifts of gratitude in October because we just couldn’t wait to do it in November!
Surely we should be grateful and give thanks all year long, but maybe we can hold off a little on the Christmas carols and the yule tide shopping and take a few extra weeks to bring our focus to the presents of presence with those we truly love and those who make our lives all the better each and every day.
My original intention today was to share a new quinoa recipe I created last week, but these have caused me to put everything else on standby. This recipe is the one I have conveniently not shared with anyone as I have been hard at work taste testing and sampling since I put the first batch together. Needless to say, the quinoa can wait. When there are simple and sweet treats to be made, that is just what has to happen!
These No Bake Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookies are really no brainers to me. Only 5, yes FIVE ingredients to make these “cookies” and no added sugar. Dates are the sweetener. Sure the dark chocolate chips will have a bit, but you can actually get grain sweetened chips if you are really staying away from it. You could also make chocolate chunks by whisking equal parts melted coconut oil, cacao powder, 1 tsp vanilla, a dash of salt and maple to sweeten. Then you pour onto a parchment lined plate and let it freeze. Break and crack it up into bits and add that instead of store made chocolate chips!
I opted to make these into cookies instead of bite sized balls as I was just trying to shake things up a bit. I know a lot of what I make ends up in bites, but I thought a cookie form would be fun for a change. Feel free to roll these into balls as well if you prefer. Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 9-11 medjool dates pitted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 - 2 T dark chocolate chips
In a food processor, process cashews until fine.
Add dates, vanilla and sea salt and process until a dough starts to form.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Roll into bite sized balls and then press into cookies using a fork.
Chill for about 10-15 minutes to set.
Store in the refrigerator.
If these seem a bit dry, add another date or two or a T of water. Some dates are moister than others.