Dark Chocolate Chia Cookies (gluten free, paleo, clean eating, refined sugar free, dairy free) + How motherhood has changed me

IMG_1625 (640x427)The other day I wondered… “Has motherhood changed me?” 

To say that I’m not changed will be a lie. ALL of us change somehow. Resilience seems to be the buzz word these days. All it means is that we learn from our experience and hopefully grow a little wiser out of it. 

How has motherhood changed me?IMG_1626 (427x640)

– I do not know what happened to my brain cells. My memory is shot and sometimes I feel that I’m a fuzzhead. I used to be able to hold birthdays in my head. Now? I have to check my phone few times daily to remind myself what the date is… I believe it’s because looking after a human being tends to take up a lot of your brain space..and somehow, your brain compensates by forgetting other stuff.

– I’m a lot more relaxed in some ways. Clothes unfolded? Meh. Running late? I will send a text/phone call. Appointments need to re-schedule because Asher is sick? sure thing. 

– And stress in other ways… Asher’s meals to his health. Coordinating hubby’s timetable to ours.

– Learning how to be in the moment. Play is actually quite fun! 

– Learning how to say no because it is simply not our priority. 

– I can multitask very well. Juggling a wriggling toddler and shopping? Sure thing! Cooking and entertaining a toddler? No problems. 

– I’m a good list maker. 

– New friends. I appreciate new mummy friends and also love a good conversation that does not involve children with other friends. 

– My body has changed. Sometimes I’m very proud while other times I’m a little self conscious. I do think though, that generally I’m stronger and fitter than before I was pregnant. 

– Feeling more content. 

I think the word change might be wrong. Mostly, it’s how motherhood has shaped me. (might be pun intended too! HA!). My outlook in life has changed. Oh yes, my body shape and health has changed too. For the better I think. 

And my love for cookies. That did not change.IMG_1629 (640x427)

Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Cookies
Yields 20
Rich crisp cookies!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1.5 cups of almond meal
  2. 0.5 cups of desiccated coconut
  3. 1/4 cup of cacao powder
  4. 2 tablespoon of chia seeds
  5. 1 tablespoons of cacao nibs
  6. 1 tablespoon of rice malt or honey
  7. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  8. 0.5 tsp of bicarb soda
  9. 2 tablespoons of hot water
  1. Pre heat Oven to 160 C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together (Almond meal, coconut, bicarb soda, chia seeds and cacao nibs). Pour oil, rice malt and mix.
  3. In a little bowl, mix bicarb and hot water. Pour into mixture and fold. Lastly add honey to taste.
  4. Roll into balls and press down.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Adapted from Move Nourish Believe
Words That Nourish http://wordsthatnourish.com/

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