If you’re on any form of social media and you’re a mother, you will be overly familiar with the whole ‘competitive parent’ thing. Judgemental mothers and parents who try to out do the other. This being constantly touted as the reason that social media can be so destructive and negative. I don’t doubt this phenomenon exists, just like I don’t doubt there are stage mothers out there in full force, and sporting parents who are just too much to bare. But in my experience, social media has brought me some of my favourite people and strengthened relationships that would never otherwise be possible due to geographical distance or lack of time to spend in ‘real life’ due to the busy-ness of daily life.
I have developed friendships with women online that I have never met in person and possibly never will. I have reconnected with women I knew in many of my former lives – high school days, church-attending days, high-life LA partying days and pre-children days, and I’ve made brand new friends online that have spilled over into real, actual, face to face life all thanks to social media. I couldn’t be more grateful. I think it’s like anything in life – often it all comes down to the perspective you have on it, and the way you feel, talk and believe things to be. For me, I choose to make social media a place of positivity. I choose to unfollow or ignore anything that could possibly cause me feelings of inferiority, frustration, anger or inflammatory scenes involving trolls and online bullies. Life is too short!
Recently I bumped into a lovely face that I hadn’t seen in years and though we had always planned many times way back then to catch up and spend time together, we just never got around to it – small babies, busy businesses, baby brain, real life. You know the drill.
Seeing the gorgeous Lucy at Mary’s Market where I went recently to sell off the last of my Bubbalino wares, I was beyond surprised to discover she is the brains and beauty behind the awesomely cool Little Flock of Horrors kidswear and who I followed already on Instagram! After a brief “OMG” moment, we exchanged numbers again and this time vowed to make sure we caught up!
On Saturday gone we did just that.
We discovered so many things in common from our love for and time spent living in the US. Though she married an American and I got deported – so not all our experiences were the same!
Lucy came bearing gifts. She brought these delicious Coconut Flour & Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies with her and I kid you not by declaring how delicious they were. My kids who usually turn their noses up at healthy versions of baked goods inhaled them, and my boy asked for more than he was allowed. This Mama may also have had more than she was allowed.
Sweetened with honey, and created with a combination of coconut flour and chocolate chips, they are a beautiful cookie with soft bite and moreish texture. I popped the leftovers in the fridge as I ran out the door and they were just as yummy when eaten from the fridge.
Since so many of you sang out for the recipe when I posted a picture on Instagram, Lucy was kind enough to share it so I could post it here for you to try too.
- 1/3 cup coconut flour (use extra if required)
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Mix the coconut flour, salt, eggs, coconut oil/butter, honey and vanilla extract together thoroughly with a whisk. Continue whisking until the consistency changes.
- If the mixture is runny, add a small amount of extra flour until the correct consistency is achieved.
- Throw in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
- Use a tablespoon to portion out onto the tray.
- I then freaked out about them perhaps not being sweet enough so cut 6 x squares of Whittakers Dark Ghana 72% in half and popped them on top.
- Bake for about 12 minutes until the outer edges have turned golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, fill your lungs with sweet, warm, cookie goodness and leave to cool on a wire rack