I love to be good at things. Sometimes though, I'm incredibly good at things I shouldn't be.
Like keeping up with friends.
It's not that I'm anti-social (which I am to a certain extent – comes with the territory of being an introvert).
I'm just busy. As are my friends. When we were all young and single it was easy to get together.
“Wanna go have some drinks tonight?”
“Yeah, sounds fun!”
Once you have kids the conversation is more like “Want to have the whole family over for dinner 3 months from now? We’ll have to start at 4 pm so we can get the kids to bed by 8.”
Half the time we even plan things that far in advance and then the day before somebody has to cancel because so-and-so is sick or a soccer game had been rescheduled for that time.
One of my friends and I have been trying to reconnect for months in this way and finally, we realized it just wasn't going to happen. Our kids just have too much going on and if we waited for the perfect moment, we'd never see each other. Instead, I invited her over for some coffee.
The Perfect Side for Coffee
You can't have someone over for just coffee, can you? It's kind of requisite to have a delicious baked good to accompany that coffee. I wanted a crunchy biscotti to dip into my beverage because that is the epitome of coziness. Dip, chat, sip, laugh, crunch, feel that connection to a long-lost friend.
My friend isn't Paleo and isn't even gluten-free, so I had to serve her something she'd want to devour. A soggy, half-assed Paleo-ized version of a biscotti certainly wouldn't work. But it wasn't like I could run out to Starbucks to grab any either because I can't eat gluten.
So I put on my apron and set to work, making a Paleo gingerbread biscotti I could be proud of. A crunchy, crispy one that could be dipped in coffee and savored.
The recipe I came up with was all that. Crunchy, delicious, just the right amount of gingerbread spice. Look at this crispness:
The coffee date with my friend? It was amazing. It felt so good to see her and to catch up. We slipped right back into our familiar banter, enjoying the ease of conversation while we sat snug and cozy in my kitchen, sipping on our drinks and eating our snack.
Plus, she absolutely loved the biscotti (she didn't even know it was Paleo until I told her).
I miss being able to connect with friends like this on a regular basis, but it's nice to know I have an easy option to have someone over for coffee and a treat. Also, I'm comforted by the fact that even though I need to be on a restrictive diet due to my autoimmune issues, I can still enjoy these little intimate moments involving a favorite snack.
For once in my life, I'm actually trying to be bad at something. My incredible ability to not connect with friends? Hopefully, I'll completely suck at that soon.
Here's a Facebook Live video I did on how to make these delicious treats (it's on YouTube so everyone can watch):
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Paleo Gingerbread Biscotti
- • 1.5 cups Almond Flour
- • 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder
- • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
- • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- • 1 Egg Yolk
- • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- • 1 tbs Blackstrap Molasses
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Add the almond flour, arrowroot powder, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking soda to the bowl of a food processor with the s-blade. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and whir to combine until it comes into a ball.
- Scrape the batter out onto the prepared baking sheet. It will be sticky, so wet your hands slightly and form into a flat oval shape, about 1/2 inch thick. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Let cool for at least 30 min, preferably 1 hr. Slice the oval into approximately inch-wide strips. then put back in the oven at 300 F for 15 more minutes (this is the key to getting it crispy).
- Let cool for a few minutes before serving.