when life makes you forget…. eat lemon flavoured treats
Seriously, I truly feel like I am getting dumber and dumber the older I get.
There was one stage when I actually thought I was quite smart (this was when I was about 16 by the way). I did well at school, got good marks and considered myself reasonably “intelligent” – whatever this means. From there on, however I think my brain has been declining in it’s form and function.
This week alone I have managed to burn pasta (!?)…. forget to pick up Viper from work….not understand my tax return AT ALL….spend hours trying to cut fabric which I could have simply ripped (I worked that out after awhile, but really – I should be more on the ball)… and stare blankly at bank statements trying to look as if I know what the hell is going on with interest rates and the likes.
I watched a documentary a few months back with was pretty interesting. This will take you to the show…. but the main gist was about exploring different TYPES of intelligence. From physical intelligence, to creative, to scientific and so on. Basically, the argument was that the general IQ Test is limited in it’s scope…. it only tests one type of intelligence. I’ve never actually taken the IQ Test (shudder shudder) but this documentary gave me hope, that although I’m not an academic or an obviously “intelligent” person…. there may be some sort place in the “intelligence-scope” where I could excel.
I AM pretty good at fridge scraping. Take a few sad looking lemons, (thanks for the inspiration, Kari!) a few odds and ends from packets and jars, and I have a sweet treat that (surprisingly) even Misty enjoyed.
- 1C puffed amaranth (or puffed quinoa/brown rice/buckwheat would work…. anything “puffed”)
- 3T grated and melted cacao butter
- 1T (solid when I measured) coconut oil
- 10 large dates (around 1/2C)
- 1/4t sea salt
- 1T lucuma powder (or maca would be a good sub here… or just additional coconut flour)
- 3T coconut flour
- Zest and juice from 2 lemons
- Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor until a soft dough forms.
- Wet hands and roll into balls.
- These will harden in the fridge.
Aside from a Lemon Meringue tart I made for my Father in Law, this is my first lemony-sweet-treat creation. I will always favour the chocolate route when it comes to snacks…. but I decided to throw caution to the wind and give citrus a chance.
The verdict? Delicious! I am a convert to the zest, for sure.
Even if I can’t solve some crazy physics problem, or understand Algebra (what is WITH all the letters? I thought maths was about numbers?) at least I can create tasty treats.