Chewy Caramel Cookies

caramel cookies (1 of 2)

I am finding it hard to write because I want my online space to not only be real, but also to be happy. It’s not that I’m unhappy, but I’m certainly struggling.

I’m thrilled to be pregnant and wouldn’t change it for anything, but the journey to holding my little one is proving very difficult.

The sickness is hanging around and now I’m also exhausted beyond anything I have ever known. I have a headache that won’t go away. I fight insomnia and restless legs most nights and get little done in my days. This combination is leaving me irritable, short tempered and it’s fair to say I’m not especially enjoying myself at the moment.

On top of this I’m eating too much and doing zero exercise – which is a post of its own.

The things that typically matter to me are out the window and I’m just surviving. Getting through today and hoping tomorrow I will feel a little better.

Some days I do and the relief is priceless. But it’s short lived.

I feel bad for whinging. I sound ungrateful and I’m not ungrateful. I’m blessed and I know it will all be worth it.

The sleepless nights, the headaches, the sickness, the weight gain, the laziness, the short temper, the fatigue: it will all be forgotten the second my precious baby is placed in my arms.

Chewy Caramel Cookies

  • 1 cup macadamias
  • 10 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C or 350°F
  2. Place the ingredients into your food processor and blend at high speed until the mixture is smooth, well combined and sticking together.
  3. Shape the mixture into cookies using your hands or roll the mixture between sheets of baking paper and cut out with a cookie cutter. Place the cookies onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Turn the tray half way through the cooking time.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave on the tray for 15 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Eat and enjoy!
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Chewy Caramel Cookies
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  • Wendy

    Surviving is good. Big Hugs Babe xx

  • Crystal

    My baby is seven months now and some days still I feel like I just survive.
    You inspire me to eat better and make smarter food choices!

  • Tahleah

    Hang in there! U r so strong and brave given all u have been through with Ur pregnancies xx

    • Thank you for your lovely words Tahleah, I really appreciate you writing. xxx

  • Wendywoo

    Oh you poor thing, you are really struggling, aren’t you? I can never understand how some women claim they had no idea they were pregnant until the baby popped out whilst they were washing up! You just rest, take things easy and don’t worry about exercise- once your precious baby comes, you’ll be running up and down stairs all day long! Know that we’re all thinking of you and sending love, Wendywoo xxx

    • Thank YOU Wendy, you are always so lovely!!! I am sure next week will be brighter. I hope you are going well. xxx

  • Sarah

    Hang in there! I too felt sick, miserable and irritated whilst pregnant with my 2nd baby, up to about 20 weeks. Augghh. My usually incredibly healthy diet consisted of potato chips and anything out of a packet! Anything just to relieve the constant nausea. I was even eating muesli bars in the middle of the night up until at least 25 weeks. Get as much rest as possible (mid-day naps helped me, on days when first child was at childcare) and don’t be too hard on yourself. Best wishes xx

    • Thank YOU Sarah! I am hearing you!!! I am often up in the night grabbing something to eat! I do feel that I am starting to improve though which is great!!! I just keep thinking of August and that seems to get me through. Thanks again for writing. Have a great weekend, Bianca

  • Louise

    It’s great to share how you are feeling! Others may be thinking the same but not brave enough to admit it the others! Good on you for standing up there and saying I don’t feel good! Best Wishes xx

    • Love it!!! Thank YOU Louise, those damm hormone is exactly right!! I am starting to feel a little better thankfully but still have a big of a way to go! Thanks again for writing. Bianca

  • Donna

    You are doing a great job in so many ways. It’s ok to complain. You’re feeling lousy and we understand. My baby was an IVF baby and it took me 12 years to conceive. I expected pregnancy to be wonderful. Humph! I was physically miserable and/or in pain the whole time and also terrified that my baby would not survive. It was horrible yet I felt I had no right to complain because of how hard it was to get pregnant. Bianca believe me, you are entitled to complain here as much as you like and you will get nothing but sympathy and empathy from us. Just as you will get rejoicing and love when your precious little one is born!

    • Thank YOU so much Donna!! That is such a lovely message to receive and I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I am sorry you had such a difficult and painful journey to holding your baby, I hope you and your family are all going well now. Sending love. Bianca

  • Leanne

    Thinking of you, thank you so much for sharing. One day at a time.

    My dream is to do a blog with all that makes me smile, but I do not believe I can do it now…too busy with the kids, no house as we are building etc. etc. But today you made me realise that I can do it, as long as I keep it real like you. Thank you so much,

    • Thank YOU!!! Absolutely you can do it!! There are no rules, just write when you feel like it and make your space your own. Getting started isn’t easy but once you have taken that step you will be fine!! I wish you all the best with it, be sure to keep me posted. Thank you again for your lovely message. x

  • Val

    Considering how you’re feeling the fact that you’re still coming up with great recipes and posting blogs is pretty impressive. I’m 8 weeks into my second pregnancy and it’s a stuggle just to get out of bed each day. You’re doing a fantastic job Bianca, very admirable.

    • Oh thank YOU!!! I had a few drafts to get me through. I am hoping I have the brain power to get back into it all soon.
      I am sorry to hear you are having a hard time! I hope it passes for you sooner rather than later.
      Hang in there and do whatever you need to to get through your days. xxxx

  • Veronica Wells

    Pregnancy IS amazing and beautiful and a state to be tremendously grateful for. It’s also a time of weight gain, lethargy, high emotions and, if you’re really lucky, feeling the sickest you ever have 😉 I’ve always clung to ‘pregnant woman’s prerogative’- you can complain about whatever you please: you’re growing a human, there is no more important job than that.

  • Kylie Etheridge

    Everyone’s pregnancy is different. All 3 of mine were different and my 3rd was the hardest. It really took it’s toll on me emotionally and physically. I look back now and think wow how did I get through that. But I did and ended up with a big 9lb4 baby boy, 1 kilo heavier than my other 2 babies – no wonder I was exhausted! My only regret was I did not listen to the signs that my body was not coping and go and get test done as by the end of the pregnancy I was highly anemic. The baby was taking everything from me, in hindsight I should have been taking extra supplements. Take some time out for yourself this week x

    • Thank YOU!!! I really appreciate you sharing your story and absolutely agree that pregnancies get harder! Good point about the supplements. I must get better with that. I hope you and yours are all going well now. x

  • Chan

    These are awesome! I made with cashews instead of Macadamias, so chewy and delish! Great with a cuppa

    • Fabulous!!! Thank YOU! I really appreciate the feedback. x

  • Bjk2924

    Oh my, these are amazing. Made them for an after dinner treat and they are so yum and so easy and quick to make. Thanks for another delightful recipe

    • Thank YOU! I really appreciate the feedback. I am glad they were enjoyed. x

  • Becca

    Thank you. Im pregnant with my first and feel the same…ill make these now and hope it makes the world good again! Good luck on your amazing journey x

    • I wish you all the best Becca, it is really hard being sick for so long. Hang in there, as everyone says it is all worth it. xxx

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