Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's an easy, healthy chickpea cookie recipe full of plant-based protein and without flour or sugar!

 I have to admit that I wasn’t too keen on making these cookies when I first saw the recipe on this websiteHow is it at all possible for chickpeas to be appetizing in a cookie?   

I then began loving the possibility of finding another tasty, healthy cookie that contained no flour or sugar. And after reading so many positive comments about how good the cookies are, I decided to give them a try. 

I have to say that I was surprised when I tasted the cookie! I could not taste the chickpeas at all. I found them delightfully good.  There’s no guilt when eating these!  

I have a few quick tips: 

  1. These ARE healthy cookies. Don’t expect them to taste like the ones your mom bakes on Christmas morning. ;) If you want to eat sweets that are good for you, this is one great way to do that.
  2. Using a food processor to blend these is essential! It’s possible that a really high speed blender would work. The cookies taste much better when the ingredients are thoroughly blended without a chunk of chickpea anywhere. This is the food processor that I use.
  3. Make these without telling your kids that they have a ton of chickpeas in them. That can kind of mess with their mind and affect their taste buds. ;)

Here's an easy, healthy chickpea cookie recipe full of plant-based protein and without flour or sugar!

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Ingredients: 
  • 1¼ cup cooked or canned chick peas 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of peanut butter 
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips 
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all but the chocolate chips in a food processor until smooth.  
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
Optional: To make them more chocolaty, add 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder! 
 
Have you ever made cookies with an ingredient replacing the flour?
Updated from the original publishing date of October 25, 2013

DIY Lice Prevention Spray

Here's an easy way to make a DIY lice prevention spray that uses essential oils. No harmful chemicals needed!

We recently went to 5 days of camp as a family. One important thing that comes to my mind in preparing for camp is LICE. No matter how careful you are, there’s always a risk of one of your kids coming home with lice when you live in close proximity with others that may unknowingly have it.

If you’ve never dealt with lice, you are blessed indeed! It is quite the nightmare and not anything I would wish on anyone. You have to be diligent and thorough to get rid of it, but it can be treated naturally. No need to expose your family to hazardous chemicals!

One of these days I’d like to write a step-by-step guide on getting rid of lice naturally, but today I’m just sharing a simple lice spray to help prevent lice. Prevention is always best and will save you hours upon hours of not having to get rid of it.

We used this DIY lice spray on our bedding, pillows, brushes, and hair every day. This lice spray repels lice and makes the risk of contracting it a lot less. And since we’ve been back from camp for a few weeks now, we have shown no signs of the critters – thankfully! We certainly don’t get lice every year at camp, but only getting it once from camp is enough to put you on guard the rest of your life! :) 

DIY Lice Prevention Spray 

It’s very simple and quick to put together this spray. Just water, witch hazel, and a few drops of essential oils! Here’s the oils I use in this spray:

Tea tree essential oil – Tea tree oil is a huge star oil in this recipe! It is so good with repelling and even killing lice! (Buy tea tree essential oil here)

Lavender essential oil – Lavender oil is considered a natural insect repellant. [1] I happen to love the smell of this oil, but insects (including lice) do not! (Buy lavender essential oil here)

Rosemary essential oil – Rosemary essential oil is another oil that repels lice, and one that I conveniently have on hand. (Buy rosemary essential oil here)

Witch hazel – Witch hazel is a natural preservative

Ingredients

10 drops tea tree oil
7 drops lavender oil
7 drops rosemary oil
1 oz. water
1 oz. witch hazel

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use.

DIY Lice Spray
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Ingredients
  1. 10 drops tea tree oil
  2. 7 drops lavender oil
  3. 7 drops rosemary oil
  4. 1 oz. water
  5. 1 oz. witch hazel
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before each use.
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 References

1. Headlicecenter. “How Lavender Oil Can Help You Treat And Repel Head Lice.” Head Lice Center, 17 June 2018, headlicecenter.com/lavender-oil-for-lice/.

Lavender Lemonade for Headaches and Stress

Relieve headaches and stress with DIY lavender lemonade as another unique and healthy twist to this common, refreshing drink.

We had such a cool June here in the Midwest, but July has roared in with its typical humid summer heat. Lemonade and summer go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that a cold glass of this lemonade helps a person to handle the heat a tad bit better. In this post, I want to quickly show you how to make lemonade with lavender flowers as another unique and healthy twist to this common, refreshing drink.

Recently my little girl wanted to make me some red clover lemonade, but unfortunately the red clover we normally find growing in the old garden spot did not grow there as it normally does. We decided instead to make lemonade with some dried lavender that I have on hand. 

Lavender is one of my favorite herbs because it helps headaches and stress. It’s a very soothing and fragrant flower. I love inhaling lavender’s scent, and I enjoy adding the little purple flowers to tea mixes and cookies. The essential oil is quite useful too. One of my favorite ways to dissolve headaches is to place lavender essential oil on a diffuser necklace and wear it for about 30 minutes. 

The following recipe for lavender lemonade is similar to the recipe that you find in my How To Make Red Clover Lemonade post, and yet it’s different enough that I’m sharing it with you today.

One thing to note is that depending on how strong of a lavender flavor you would like in your lemonade, you can add up to 1/4 cup of lavender flowers. If you want just a touch of lavender flowers, you would probably just want to add 3 tablespoons. Also, the beautiful purple from the lavender flowers does not make your lemonade that color. I was surprised that it turns out to be a yellow/brown color. Some people add food coloring to their lemonade to make it a pretty purple. I personally try to avoid the fake colorings, but if you have natural food coloring, you can add one drop of blue and one drop of red to achieve a pretty result.

Lavender Lemonade for Headaches and Stress

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat
  2. Add dried lavender flowers and honey. Stir while hot until honey is dissolved.
  3. Cover pan with a lid and steep 15 minutes
  4. Strain the lavender flowers 
  5. Add lemon juice and the last 2 cups of cold water to the lavender tea.
  6. Add ice and refrigerate
Lavender Lemonade
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Ingredients
  1. 5 cups of water
  2. 1 cup honey
  3. 1 cup lemon juice
  4. Up to 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
Instructions
  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat
  2. Add dried lavender flowers and honey. Stir while hot until honey is dissolved.
  3. Cover pan with a lid and steep 15 minutes
  4. Strain the lavender flowers
  5. Add lemon juice and the last 2 cups of cold water to the lavender tea.
  6. Add ice and refrigerate
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