Who ever turns down the offer of a good homemade cookie? No one I know.

Maple Trout Lilli writes:

Notice how sunlight passing through pure, fresh VT maple syrup, casts an amber glow onto the plate of these Global Energy Cookies? Eat more syrup and ignite a glow from within!

Another recipe from the cookbook Run Fast. Eat Slow., was created for dedicated long-distance trail runners, as an antidote to “bonking” during long runs.  All ingredients are gluten free, vegan, dairy free, unprocessed and most importantly……. nutritious and delicious.

These cookies have proven to get one further down the trail and they’d certainly be a great way to start or supplement: hikes, ski adventures, sugar’n (stoking & toting), cutting firewood, etc.   Heck, they’re so tasty you might want to have some within reach while sitting in a comfortable chair while soaking up some spring sunshine.

Depending on individual taste and desire to support you favorite local sugar maker; adjust liquid ingredients accordingly.

Enjoy, smile and charge on!



3 cups old fashioned, gluten free rolled oats
1 cup almond meal or almond flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup pureed sweet potato (see note below)
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup raisins


Preheat oven 350. Line a baking sheet w/parchment paper.

In bowl of food processor or blender, pulse oats 5-6 times until roughly chopped. Place in a large mixing bowl and combine with almond flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the sweet potato puree, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and raisins until well combined Fold into oat mixture and stir until blended. Dough will be thick.

Use ¼ cup measuring cup to drop the batter onto baking sheet. Space 1” apart and press down lightly to slightly flatten.

Bake in center of oven for 20-25 min until bottoms are deep gold brown.

Sweet Potato Puree – Bake at 400 for 45 -60 min., cool, remove skin and mash w/a fork.


[Editor’s Note:  It seems that for Christmas MTL’s daughter Anna gave her a copy of Run Fast. Eat Slow. and proposed to the family that they sign up for the Vermont City Marathon (in Burlington, May 27th).  The idea took hold; MTL and gang are training for the half-marathon. Checking the website, there are 46 days of training and cookies until the big day.  AC]


QUICK SUGARING UPDATE: Nothing is happening here. The trees sleep, the crew has cat scratch fever. What we need is a jolt of warmth.



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