Woof! More than two months since my last post. That has got to be a record, and not one I’m proud to set. I could give you all sorts of excuses, but instead I’ll just say, I’m glad to be back! I think intermittent blogging might just be my jam now, what with the launch of Serendipity Lettering, and the fact that I work in events and travel more than 30% of the year, but that’s better than no blogging, right? Right.
Since I went on my elimination diet, I stopped baking a lot. It just wasn’t quite as enjoyable to me – GF and vegan concoctions are not like the real thing – and it was hard for me to get excited. After more than 3 months on my diet, I wasn’t feeling better, so I decided to start adding back some gluten and dairy items – in moderation – and these bars were the first thing I baked. I still don’t feel a lot better, so I’m trying now to take chemicals out of my lifestyle – food (trying to eliminate a lot of processed foods, as well as buying more organic fruits and veggies and grass fed/cage free meat), personal care products (shampoo/conditioner, body wash, makeup, etc.) and household cleaning products. I’ve tried everything else with no relief, so hoping that this next effort will make a difference! Have any of you ever battled undiagnosed stomach/digestive problems? Any tips or tricks that I might not have tried?
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened (I used Earth Balance)
- 1 cup coconut sugar (can substitute granulated sugar)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (or a mix of dark and white)