Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from Lake Tahoe! This weekend has truly been a blessing. Carlyn and I drove to Tahoe early Friday morning to her parent’s new home on North Shore. It is the longest period of time I have been able to spend with her throughout our entire friendship. She is the busiest girl I know. She wants to be a vet and apparently getting into vet school is even harder than med and law school combined. I have to fight for a sliver of her time between her two jobs, internship, and school – so obviously spending an entire weekend with her and her fam has been extra special. We have gone hiking…

We have tanned…

We have eaten delicious food and made fresh mojitos…

And simply enjoyed the beauty around us..

In 4th of July spirit, I have a recipe that can easily be made red, white and blue! Just add a few red sprinkles or cherry chunks ;)

Vanilla Cashew Blueberry Cookies

sugar free but delish!

soo creamy

Recipe: Makes ~10 cookies

Dry ingredients – 

1/2 cup whole wheat white flour

1/2 cup NuNaturals baking blend stevia (can sub in sugar in equal quantities)

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cup blueberries

optional: dash cinnamon and/or tbsp brown sugar

Wet ingredients – 

1 tbsp butter, melted

3 tbsp cashew butter

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions – Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (except blueberries) and mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet bowl and mix with a spatula until well combined. Fold in blueberries. Take a spoonful of cookie dough, roll into a ball, and flatten onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes.

they were a hit –  literally gone in 10 seconds

Benefits:

Cashews * may help prevent gall stones and are a prime source of copper, tryptophan, magnesium, and phosphorous. Low copper intake can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, elevated LDL cholesterol (bad), and join problems. Inadequate magnesium can lead to muscle cramps (the kind that wake you up at night in agony), headaches, high blood pressure, and fatigue. While obviously high in fat, most of it is monounsaturated and may help lower triglyceride levels and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Blueberries * have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all fruits and veggies. Their anthocyanidins counteract free radicals, which damage cells and tissues. One study demonstrated that blueberries improve memory and learning capacity in aging animals. They also protect against all forms of cancer, especially colon and ovarian cancer.


17 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July!

  1. Looks like such a beautiful place to spend a weekend :)
    Love your bikini!! And you are the cookie queen! WISH I could find that NuNaturals here!

  2. That picture of you on the beach is fabulous! I bet Tahoe is so so nice. 10 cookies would only last a day in my apartment. Looks like a great recipe!

  3. AWWWW :D How fun :D Gorgeous view, too!

    And, Lauren, I just love how the majority of your recipes are sugar-free now YAY!!!! A girl after my own heart :D

  4. Aww lovely ladies. That beach pic is SO nice. It sounds like you had a spectacular long weekend, so glad to hear it! And even better getting to spend it with a great friend.

    The cookies look incredible too. I’m excited that YOU used a recipe with the stevia baking blend because I have a bunch of it to use up and I honestly haven’t had much luck with it in other recipes yet… then again, maybe I just don’t like it in general. I think I’m going to have to give it another chance in your cookies though. If anyone can make it taste good, I’m sure you can ;) And I really do want to make a successful sugar substitute baked good so I don’t want to go with the sugar option either. So it’ s going to happen. As soon as I get blueberries!

    1. omg seriously? I am obsessed with it!! I have been using it alot in all sorts of baked goods – banana bran muffins… carrot cake cookies… vanilla beant tahini cookies.. blueberry cookies…

  5. What a wonderful weekend!! Billy and I were in Tahoe at the end of July last summer, and we had such an amazing time! I want to go back sometime. Tahoe is the type of place I’d love to have a vacation home…but who wouldn’t?? :)

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