It’s Earth Hour this Saturday and everywhere around the world, organizations and people are pledging to turn their lights out as an act of commitment toward earth-keeping. This year, Earth Hour’s ‘I Will If You Will’ campaign encourages people to take their environmental action beyond the hour in the form of a dare. In order to challenge others to commit to a positive environmental action, individuals/organizations promise to do something in return. I thought it was a great way to raise awareness for creation-care in my social network, so I joined in too!
My IWIYW challenge is this… if 500 people will commit to bringing their own shopping bags and saying ‘no’ to plastic bags, I will start a community garden right here in my very own backyard. Those who read my last Banana Bread post would know I have no green thumb. But with help and support, I’m willing to try. In fact, I’m pretty excited about it! Even my cats, Pepper and Churros, have joined in with their very own challenge. You must see their very funny video appeal to turn out during Earth Hour: Mar 23, 8.30pm.
In line with Earth Hour this week, I thought I’d formulate a recipe that doesn’t require any electricity at all. This is challenging because most baked goods and desserts use some sort of electricity, so I had to think of something that can be made with no oven, no stove, no microwave, no mixer, no blender, no food processor, and no refrigeration. Right. Well, I’m pleased to say that after some thought and experimentation, I came up with a healthy, gluten-free*, sugar-free* cookie which is chock full of fibre and protein. It is perfect for that mid-afternoon energy boost and for kids’ lunch boxes as a healthier snack alternative. In fact, it’s so easy to make you could get your children involved too!
“No Power” Cookie Recipe
Yields: A dozen 1″ round cookies
1/4 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter)
2 tbsp honey/agave
2 tbsp non-fat dry milk powder
1/2 cup rolled oats (* use gluten-free oats for GF cookie)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chocolate chips (* use sugar-free chocolate or omit for sugar-free cookie)
1/4 cup desiccated/shredded coconut
1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together until it becomes an even mixture.
2. Divide mixture into equal portions and roll into small balls.
3. Coat with shredded coconut.
4. That’s it! Enjoy in the dark!