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Chookies Cookies


My little girl has been reading my posts over the school holidays. She has read about her brother, her father, her poppy, her friends, but only a little of herself. She has asked me to write about her. It is hard to know where to begin.
Although it is not her name I call her Lu. My Lulu.
For those of you living with an adorable but difficult child, this post might be a little hard going, I want you to know that I have one of those also, he features frequently. If you are yet to meet him you can read about my much loved little man here.
When I had my first baby it was just her and I for the majority of the time. She came with me when I went to the Doctor, the hairdresser, the dentist. For several years we were never apart. I recall writing to an old friend when Lu was six months old; I told her that prior to knowing my baby I had not experienced happiness, I had not experienced love; I thought I had, but my precious little being took these emotions to an entirely new level. I wrote in that letter that everyday was Christmas, and that is exactly how I felt.
As I am writing this I am realising that there is simply no way to put Lu into a paragraph. I do not know how to tell you that it was my two and a half year old who accompanied me to countless blood tests and scans. Who wiped my tears when I cried, and who held my hand and walked with me when the days were dark. It is Lu who has taught me patience, calmness, and the value of family. Lulu teaches me more every day. I am truly in awe of her easy going nature, her positive outlook, and her inquisitive mind.
There have been times when I have yelled at her, when I have spoken harshly or not taken the minute that she needs. I may not forgive myself for these mistakes, but Lu forgives, every single time. She helps me in so many ways. The simple ways; tidying up and calming her brother. The nurturing ways; cuddling me, kissing me, and praising me. The invaluable ways; showing me how to be a better person than I am, and insuring that I focus on what is important and the morals that we hold.
I can barely recall life without her and do not want to. She is a part of me. There have been many times when I have found it difficult to identify exactly where I stop and Lu begins, for so long we were one. I understand that part of parenting is letting go, but I hope with all my heart that the unity we have never leaves us.
Another name we have for our Lulu is ‘chook’, and she has named these cookies. We consider them a sweet and sustaining sister to our snack bar. I hope you like them.

Chookies Cookies

3 tablespoons roasted almond butter (for a nut free version use 2 tablespoons of hulled tahini and 1 tablespoon of honey)

1 cup (200 grams) cooled roast pumpkin

2 cups desiccated coconut (finely shredded dried coconut)

10 medjool dates, deseeded

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celcuis or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a tray with baking paper.

Place the ingredients into your food processor or blender. Blend the ingredients until well combined and your dates are chopped. Using your hands shape the mixture into balls and place on your oven tray. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool. Enjoy.

Check out the delicious oaty version here.


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Jodie October 2, 2013 - 2:01 pm

And praise goes to you & your hubby for raising such a beautiful, well mannered and sweet lil girl. xx

bianca October 2, 2013 - 9:09 pm

You are lovely, thank you Jodie. xx

Sarah Thornton-Smith October 4, 2013 - 10:31 am

That would have be to be one of the most inspiring posts I have ever read in my life … thank you for the lovely tribute to Lulu/Chook … brought a tear to my eyes and a tug in my throat … its how I feel about my son Max/Cub … Thank You for all your lovely recipes and your perspective on life :0)

bianca October 4, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Oh Sarah thank you so much!! What a lovely message! I often think that in these busy times very few people perhaps have the chance to read the posts, I really appreciate you taking that minute. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. I really like the name Max. Many thanks, Bianca

Tracey October 4, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with Lu, what a special bond you have. I’m fortunate enough to have a similar relationship with my daughter x

bianca October 4, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Thank you Tracey, I am glad you could relate to the post. I appreciate you taking the time to write. Many thanks, Bianca

Kerrie October 4, 2013 - 9:26 pm

These look delicious though I can’t eat oats anymore so what could I replace them with that is gluten free. Kind regards Kerrie

bianca October 5, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Hi Kerrie, did you see the grain free version? We use coconut. I hope this helps. Bianca

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Kelly October 15, 2013 - 1:04 pm

I’ve just found your blog via Facebook. What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. It’s definitely how I feel about our little ones. And I’ll be trying that recipe for SURE!!! Thanks.

bianca October 15, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Welcome Kelly. Thank you for your kind words, I am pleased you liked the post and that it resonated with you. I look forward to hearing how you go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it. Many thanks, Bianca

Laura October 15, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Hi Bianca,
I read lots of posts every day and rarely feel compelled to leave a comment. But your post struck a massive cord with me! I have four very different but equally gorgeous daughters ranging in age from 7 to 25 years old. Up until recent years, being a mum has been kind-of like a serious job to me, ensuring they are all happy and equally loved and cared for. I have not really allowed my soul to truly recognise the impact their presence & endless love has had on my life. Your words about your Lu describe what my heart and soul know & feel about my girls. I consider myself sooo lucky to have the gift of my girls in my life. Thank you for your wonderful words…. and your awesome recipes which we are all enjoying 🙂 Best wishes, Laura.

bianca October 15, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Oh Laura, your message is lovely!! Thank you so much. I ma pleased you related to the post and took a minute to write. I really appreciate it. I wish you well. Bianca

Deneen October 17, 2013 - 10:03 am

Your description of your little girl reminds me so of MY ” little girl ” and I. She is now 29 and a mommy herself, but to me she will always be my “Stace-arie” , ( Stacie Marie ) thanks for sharing. I just stumbled upon your Facebook page and will be following you now. God bless.

bianca October 19, 2013 - 6:39 am

Thank you so much Deneen, I am glad you liked the post. I hope you enjoy the recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

Emma October 17, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Hi Bianca, I just wanted to thanks you for yet another gorgeous recipe 🙂 I gave my mum a cookie and she said “Wow! This is the most amazing thing I have ever tasted!” 🙂 I tweaked it a little bit to use up what I had, so I put in sweet potato instead of pumpkin, 100g almond butter, 50g tahini, and half fine coconut/half shredded. I will definitely start making these regularly! Thanks again 🙂

Raquel vinaja October 21, 2013 - 1:54 am

waiting for these cookies to come out of the oven…if the dough is anything to go by they’ll be the most amazing cookies ever!! Thanks!

bianca October 21, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Thank you. I hope you like them, B

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Jacqui October 28, 2013 - 9:34 am

Hi Bianca, first time ever commenting on someone’s blog but you brought me to tears with this post as I could have written it about my Clara, who is funnily enough my Lala. She also has been with me to every blood test and scan and hugged me through the tears of many downs. Having been so lucky to finally have my second precious little girl arrive just recently, I now watch in amazement as Lala showers her baby sister with all the love and affection and patience of someone beyond her 3 1/2 years! Thank you for sharing Lulu with us!

bianca October 28, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Oh Jacqui isn’t that funny! I really appreciate you writing! I think Lulu would have been just over 3 and 1/2 when I had my second. How blessed we are! I wish you well. Bianca. x

PoisonPlum November 1, 2013 - 4:10 pm

That bought a tear to my eye. How lovely is your relationship with your daughter.

bianca November 2, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Thank you so much, we do have our moments but yes, she is a little treasure and I have been blessed. xx

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Rach_the_vego June 14, 2014 - 11:44 pm

might try these with home made coconut butter perhaps instead of the nut butter. I don’t have any hulled tahini and the hulled one seems to impart a flavour my son doesn’t love. 🙁

Bianca Slade June 18, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Sounds lovely, I hope you enjoy them. I am not a fan of unhulled tahini either, hulled tahini on the other hand is one of my favourite foods,

Rachel June 18, 2014 - 11:46 pm

I actually like unhulled but for savoury things (like humus) – have invested in the hulled variety now for baking and tried in some experimental recipes I have been working on with success (ie son likes them….) latest lot were some oatmeal type cookies sweetened mostly with pumpkin stewed apple and sultanas. I also have the black sesame tahini which is cool for energy balls / chocolate things (where it can hide a bit….you can use it in humus but it comes out grey…..lol!

Carly July 18, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Yummy! It’s different but the combination works really good together, and they have been thoroughly enjoyed!

Bianca Slade July 19, 2014 - 6:37 pm

Thank you!!! I am glad you liked them. x

Olivia May 9, 2015 - 1:14 pm

I love this post. I feel the same about my little ivf toddler. I am so happy to wake up every morning knowing I get to see her and be with her all day. It really is hard to put into words the amount of love I have for her.

Bianca Slade May 10, 2015 - 3:27 pm

I am glad you liked the post. Thank you. It is a magical experience this mothering game, I hope you continue to enjoy the journey – my little man is an IVF bub. xxx


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