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Happy New Year from Joana Miranda Studio

May 2018 bring adventure, happiness and much laughter your way!



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Gingersnap Cookies Reinvented

This holiday I’ve decided to remake my traditional cookie recipes into healthier gluten-free/lower sugar versions.  Yesterday’s modified Gingersnap cookie recipe – a relatively easy one since you can do all the mixing by hand using one bowl – came out remarkably well.  In fact, this might be my new favorite Christmas cookie.  The cookies tasted great just cooled (nutty and spicy with enough of a snap while still having soft chewy centers) and were equally good this afternoon thawed from the freezer.

On a snowy day like today, what could be better than capping off lunch with some (healthy) Gingersnap cookies?

But don’t take my word.  Here’s the recipe so that you can try these cookies out yourself!

Paleo Gingersnaps


1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup coconut sugar, plus additional sugar for rolling

1/4 cup non-fat dried milk

3 Tbsp molasses

1 egg

1 1/2 cups almond flour

6 Tbsp coconut flour

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

scant 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, dried milk, molasses and egg.
  • Add in the almond flour, coconut flour, ginger, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.  Stir until completely mixed.  Scoop dough into balls and roll in additional coconut sugar.
  • Place 1-2 inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and gentle press down so they are slightly flattened.
  • Return to oven for 3 more minutes.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring cookies to a cooling rack.

Note:  Once cooled, these cookies can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer.  When you want one, let it thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes or so.

Happy Baking!


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Friday’s Thought – Star Gazing

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.”

(Henry Van Dyke)

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Friday’s Thought – Looking for the Silver Lining

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

(Maya Angelou)


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Friday’s Thought – Moments of Perfection

“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”

(Walt Whitman)

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Friday’s Thought – The Colors of the Night

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

(Vincent Van Gogh)


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My Favorite Things – Springtime in Central Park

Spring comes without fail every year, yet I still find myself always amazed when the trees burst into flower and Central Park becomes a riot of colors.

Even though the skies were grey yesterday, here’s what I saw when I took my afternoon stroll  in the park…


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