Sometimes my mind is boggled by how convenient our world has become. From delivery meal services to banana slicers (seriously, how hard is it to slice a banana with a knife?), it seems like our modern lives are riddled with conveniences.
But sometimes it’s fun to take the hard route. I mean it builds character or something, right? Or at least that’s what my parents always told me when I used to complain about having to pack my own lunch in 3rd grade when all my friends had their lunches packed for them.
I hated packing my lunch more than anything when I was a kid – I just wanted to go upstairs to my room and spend my evening reading about salamanders (seriously). But since then I’ve come to appreciate a bit of manual labour in the kitchen. It’s like a form of meditation! Only I don’t have to sit still and shut off my mind for half an hour. Thank goodness, because I suck at that.
But making food from scratch? That I can do.
Most recently I decided to experiment with coconut oil chocolates, which were actually really easy. 10 minutes of prep time then 1 hour in the fridge (or less time in the freezer if you’re desperate), and you’ve got yourself a delicious chocolatey treat!
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp mesquite powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup toasted almonds
- ¼ cup shredded or flaked coconut
- In a bowl combine the melted coconut oil, cacao powder, mesquite powder, and maple syrup. Stir until combined, then stir in the toasted almonds and coconut, reserving 1-2 tbsp each of the almonds and coconut for sprinkling on top.
- Spoon the mixture into 12-16 mini cupcake liners placed in a mini cupcake baking pan, then sprinkle the reserved almonds and coconut on top.
- Transfer the pan to the fridge and cool for 1-2 hours before eating, and store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.
What in your opinion is a ridiculous modern convenience?
What foods do you regularly make from scratch?