Last year I started practicing yoga as a way to cross train while training for my first half marathon. I tried a few different studios including one with an instructor wearing a white flowing toga and banging a gong at key intervals and another where the pool of sweat on my mat was big enough to swim in (ick). I don’t mind meditation but with my short attention span, I needed a type of yoga where I was moving.
Then I found Power Yoga thanks to a Groupon for one month of free yoga. During that one month I went 4+ times every week. After each practice I could feel myself getting stronger and slowly more flexible as well. But most importantly I felt amazing afterwards and after a little while I started to feel more centered after practicing. I did my first shoulder stand after two months of regular practice- and was hooked! Yoga became – “getting my zen on.”
Just recently I started participating in community yoga events. One of my favorites so far was this weekend when I went to Salutation Nation – a day where amazing yoga instructors lead the community in a complimentary yoga class outdoors as a way to bring like minded people together.
In Fort Worth Salutation Nation was in the middle of downtown in front of a fun mural. 150 people showed up. Two of my friends happened to be sitting in front of me- which I didn’t realize until afterward! Crazy!
A couple of weeks ago my absolute favorite yoga instructor happened upon my blog and I knew I had to bring her something. What better than bite-sized cookies perfect for after class?
These are amazing. The people in our yoga class kept asking- What’s in these? There’s something different about them! The magical ingredient – adding the right amount of salt.
Baking tip: Don’t skimp on the salt. It won’t kill you (other things have far more salt added them then you baked good). Salt brings out the flavor of any ingredient sometimes completely changing how people respond to a treat! (in a good way *hopefully*).
ps. If you love Ginger cookies be sure to check out these – Ultimate Ginger Cookies!
Bite-Sized Ginger Cookies
From Oh She Glows.
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup organic white sugar
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or agave
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Flax or chia egg (1 tsp ground chia or flax + 4 tbsp almond milk) or one regular egg
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves (optional)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
- Turbinado sugar, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease with butter.
2. Mix flax or chia egg in small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the Earth Balance and sugar until combined. Now add the molasses, maple syrup, flax/chia egg, and vanilla and beat for another 60 seconds or so.
4. In a medium sized bowl sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, optional cloves). Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet while beating with a mixer to combine. Beat until smooth and mixed well, about 20-30 seconds.
5.With slightly wet hands, shape the dough into 1-1.5 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Carefully flatten ball slightly with your hand or the flat bottom of a cup and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. If making 1 inch balls, bake for no longer than 10 minutes at 350F. If making larger cookies, bake for 11-12 minutes. Cookies will slightly firm up after removing from oven. Makes 26 small cookies.