You know those people who are always telling you how busy they are? It’s kind of annoying because really, we all make the time to do the things we really want to do. Even when we’re crazy crazy busy, we still eat, for example—or at least, I still eat—maybe you sleep or meet your friend for coffee or buy a new lamp for the living room. The point is, I’ve always thought to myself, even when it was my own voice I was hearing say it, that hello? You say you’re too busy, but really you are just admitting that you don’t want to make the time for something.

But then the last few weeks happened.

cookie recipe

And what I’ve been realizing—amidst taking trips to Chicago, having guests in town, looking for new work, planning a wedding, staying in touch with friends, and dealing with everyday emergencies like an ant problem or a shower curtain that continually wants to fall down—is that sometimes, being too busy is less about all the actual things you’re doing and more about what those things do to your mind. It can be hard to just sit and think and process things, even when you want to. You start to feel lost in it all and you start to forget really obvious things that you should remember.

cookie dough

Last weekend, for example, I had my leftovers packaged up at lunch—and then forgot them at the table.

I took some out-of-town guests on a tour of Franklin—and got lost twice.

While things on the to-do list are getting accomplished (caterer picked! engagement photos done! jazz band found!), I feel kind of at a loss as to how to do anything more than just tell you about them. I worry that I’m becoming the girl who not only tells you how busy she is but then when you do get her talking, has a one-track mind of WEDDING.

Yikes.

sucanat syrup

Thankfully, yesterday and today, I’ve been given a little bit of everyday time—time to return to work, time to write a blog, time to think about all of these things. And also thankfully, I am continually around a man who is much less ruffled by the activity and to-do lists than I am.

So last night, we made cookies.

cookies coming out of oven

We’ve made these cookies before, a few months ago, pretty soon after I’d moved to Nashville. They’re an adaptation of a sugar-free recipe in Dr. Josh Axe’s Real Food cookbook, which uses just bananas and maple syrup as the sweeteners. The first time, they were like banana macaroons—oddly shaped the way coconut macaroons tend to be, but with the hint of banana flavor providing the sweetness.

Last night, when we used buckwheat flour instead of spelt and a simple syrup (half Sucanat, half water, heated over the stove) instead of maple, we ended up with an even more different version: gray in color (thank you, buckwheat) and less sweet.

cookies

Regardless though, these funny little mounds of baked goodness were fun to eat—and hard to stop eating—making them perfect for whatever schedule you find yourself in, be it busy weeks, everyday weeks, or something in between.




Banana Coconut Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies
Adapted from Dr. Josh Axe’s Real Food cookbook

One note on the simple syrup substitute: it will be much less sweet than the maple syrup, so you may want to also add a 1/4 cup of sucanat in addition to the syrup. We ended up adding more to our second batch, and it made a big difference.

Ingredients:
2 bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or sorghum, or simple syrup–sugar and water combined on the stove)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup flour (we’ve used either spelt or buckwheat)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (70% or higher)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine bananas, oil, syrup, and vanilla. In a larger bowl, combine flour, baking soda, coconut, and salt. Add banana mixture to dry mixture and blend until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop batter onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, until golden brown.

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Lan

    can i just tell you that i know what you mean exactly about being busy. it’s the type of busy-ness that you don’t know where to end and where to begin. it’s disconcerting & stressful & exhausting. taking a deep breath to bake with your sweetheart is the most perfect remedy.

  2. Michelle

    I think being busy really helps you appreciate the little things, like the few minutes you get to make these delicious cookies. It’s always funny how when you’re bored out of your mind, you miss the chaos and vice versa. All you can do is take it as it comes.

    Seriously, though, great cookies!

  3. bianca

    Planning a wedding is an exciting time- if I was planning one it’s all I would be talking about.

    This is a wonderful cookie recipe, as I am trying to lighten up the diet- nice post!

  4. Emily

    Oh my, I completely feel you. I was just telling a friend yesterday that I don’t understand how people have children and still maintain lives. I’m so busy preparing for a wedding that’s not even mine, I can’t even imagine what you must be going through! And your engagement photos are gorgeous – really, really lovely.

  5. Megan Gordon

    I hear everything about this post. Lately, I’ve felt so excruciatingly busy balancing writing, farmers markets, and a part-time retail job and really, I just miss the time to sit quietly and process things. Just the mundane down time to lay on the living room floor and stare at the window. Totally, totally hear you.

  6. Molly

    No joke, our shower curtain fell down as I was leaving for work this morning. I sighed, realizing I didn’t have the time to rehang it. I have two events, back-to-back this evening, so I am hoping that either the cat will rehang it sometime during the day (highly unlikely). Otherwise, it will have to wait until we get home past 11 tonight.

  7. Vicki

    You shouldn’t feel guilty at all about wedding planning consuming your days. It’s not like you have a very long engagement to get everything done. Plus it sounds like you’re having the wedding in Chicago which adds another layer to the planning.

  8. Shannalee

    Lan, Sigh. Yes, it is!

    Michelle, Great perspective and you are so right!

    Mandy, You are very sweet. Thank you!

    Bianca, Ha! It is definitely exciting. : )

    Emily, I was telling someone the same thing!

    Megan, Thank you so much for the empathy. I don’t know why it’s so comforting to hear that other people are feeling too busy to just process things, but it really is. Here’s hoping you find some quiet moments soon, friend.

    Molly, HA! (Except no ha at all, I know) Isn’t it funny how something like that can be such a pain?

    Wandering, Thank you for your excitement!

    Jolynn, Thank you!

    Vicki, Well, I feel guilty when it consumes someone else’s days. : ) Still trying to find a good balance.

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  10. Jennifer

    Thank you so much for potting this! It is now my absolutely fav way to use up leftover bananas! I have made this recipe at least 3 times so far this summer! I make a bunch and freeze them and when I am craving something sweet they are perfect!

  11. Kelly

    Made a half batch yesterday and they were delish! Used olive oil rather than coconut, and probably added more than half the chocolate called for (but I think that’s what you’re supposed to do with chocolate, right?!). A new staple cookie recipe for certain. Thank you!

  12. Rachel

    While searching for more ways to use buckwheat flour, I came across these. My husband and I loved them, and I’ll even try giving them to my toddler tomorrow. Thanks!!

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