|Lots of sugar everywhere we look!|
However, for some things sugar is, if not necessary, at least preferred. A cookie is one of those things. We don't eat many cookies here - not because I don't love them, I do, but H does not. And I am hard-pressed to justify making cookies just for me when my 11-year old doesn't want them. But over the holidays I made ginger cookies from a recipe at Elana's Pantry - a wonderful source of gluten-free, paleo-friendly cooking. As a bonus, Elana's Pantry is a treasure trove of gluten- and dairy-free recipes appropriate for many Jewish holidays (but great for anyone, not just those who celebrate Jewish holidays) - today there were even recipes posted for Tu B'shevat!
Back to those cookies...
I was going to a holiday party for the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy - a great non-profit on whose board I sit -and, among the foods we were all contributing, I wanted to make sure there were some (hopefully) yummy gluten-free holiday cookies. I turned to Elana's Pantry and was rewarded with an easy and yummy almond flour based gingersnap recipe.
|Here is some of my coconut collection!|
I apparently am behind the eight-ball on this one! The good folks at EasyEats wrote about the benefits of coconut sugar just a few weeks ago. According to them, it is only 9% fructose and it has a lower glycemic index than even agave. Plus it has B vitamins and minerals, and it is even pretty environmentally friendly to grow. Natural News reported on the benefits of coconut sugar and how it is displacing agave several months ago.
Taste-wise, coconut sugar is pleasant and easily can substitute for refined sugar. While I like honey, I try not to overuse it and concerns about agave sourcing and processing have me mostly avoiding that as well. I just cannot take the aftertaste of stevia (and I have tried many and, at least for me, they just don't work). Lo Han is ok but not my favorite. (Not even mentioning the artificial things here - we give those a wide berth). So, in moderation, coconut sugar may be a good choice when you need a little sweetness in your life!