Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

In my experiments with gluten-free baking, cookies have been the biggest challenge. My son can’t have gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, soy, cashews, or almonds, due to food intolerances. However, I did run across a recipe that I only had to make one modification to (substituting sunflower butter for peanut butter), and it gets a big thumbs up from my son.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chick peas

1/2 cup sunflower butter

1/2 cup honey or agave nectar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand – free of milk, peanuts, tree nuts and soy)

Method:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chick peas. Place them in a blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until the chick peas are all mashed and you have a consistent paste. Add the sunflower butter, honey, and vanilla. Blend until the ingredients are well mixed. Remove dough from blender and place into a bowl. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently until mixed. Use two teaspoons to drop cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. The dough will be very sticky and the cookies will not rise much so make the cookies the size you want.

Bake for 10 minutes. Let the cookies sit for a minute before you remove them from the cookie sheet. Enjoy your soft, moist cookies!

Note: I froze the cookies to keep them fresh. Even when frozen, the cookies are soft and enjoyable to eat.

 

 


4 Ways to Repurpose Content as a Writer

Recently I was able to participate in the online eBook Publishing Boot Camp organized by D’vorah Lansky. I shared my personal response to the boot camp on the InScribe Writers Online blog. Some information from the first session is included on the InScribe blog. The second session, eBook Editing for Maximum Profits, was presented by David Perdew. For more information, check out MyNAMS system, a training system for people doing online business.

Open bookIn his workshop, David Perdew explained how to take the content from a book you have written, repurpose it, and make it available in different formats that will encourage people to buy either additional products or your actual book. He used the image of a wheel with the hub being your book, and the spokes representing all kinds of additional content you can create from the book.

  1. CheckmarkSplit your book up into individual reports, using each chapter as a report. (This should give you 5-10 reports) These reports can be posted to Scribd.
  2. Make several articles out of each chapter and post them to Ezine.
  3. Pull quotes (approximately 100) out of your book. (If you use MS Word, you can highlight the quotes, then pull them out into a separate document.) Use these quotes for Tweets (which can be scheduled using Tweet Later, HootSuite, or Buffer) and also to make into images that you can share on Facebook.
  4. Make 2 minute videos from each chapter highlighting a problem, who it affects, the symptoms, how you diagnose the problem, and the solution. These videos can be made using Powerpoint and Camtasia or Animoto.

David Perdew says, “If you’re using short posts, short articles that you want to do on Facebook, start scheduling those posts. Get those things out there. They’re not doing you any good if you don’t get the content created and distributed.”

Make sure each report, article, quote, image, or video, is posted on the usual social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linked In, pointing people back to your website where they can purchase your products.

Do you have other ideas about repurposing the content of a book?