Packing your own lunch every day is a wonderful way to save money and have a health-giving meal. It can also be a challenging task, depending upon how much variety you crave! When you run out of ideas, be sure to pick up a copy of our hand-out, “Ideas for Healthful School Lunches.” These tips are good for any packed lunch, of course, not just for school.
When the Thropay children were all at home, their lunches often included home-baked goodies. That way they could eat something sweet that was made healthfully, instead of the junky items that most of their peers ate. Baking these things was easy, keeping certain principles of substitution in mind. (See the Substitution page in our Healthful Cooking and Eating cookbook.)
Here’s a family recipe for “Healthy Hermits” – a delicious replacement for the popular spicy cookies called “Hermits.”
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup raw honey
2 free-range eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
dash of sea salt
2 cups whole organic flour – barley,* or for gluten-free you may use brown rice or buckwheat
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup organic raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened or vegan carob chips (optional) or chopped nuts
1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
In a mixer, cream butter and honey together well. Add eggs, and cream well again. Mix in spices. Dissolve baking soda in a tablespoon of hot water, then add to the mixture. Mix in flour, then the remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool a few minutes, then remove to a rack to completely cool.
*We used whole barley flour to replace whole wheat flour. The American wheat crop has been so hybridized that it now has 5x the gluten of any other wheat in the world. This probably accounts for the increasing amount of gluten intolerance these days…for wheat in some form or other is universally present in the standard western diet. Many people eat it half a dozen times per day, every day!
For more healthful recipes and eating tips, see Mrs. Thropay’s Healthful Cooking and Eating cookbook, available at our office for $20. (The above recipe was pulled out of our archives and does not appear as yet in our cookbook.)
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