Episode #57 Raw Vegan Thin Mint Cookies with special guest Page Bishop
Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney UnCooked here with my dear friend of 30 years Page, and today we’re going to show you how to make five-ingredient raw Vegan thin mints. They are delicious aren’t they Page?
Page: They’re amazing.
Courtney & Page: Stay tuned.
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Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney UnCooked here with my dear friend, Page, and sister. We’ve been friends for almost 30 years.
Page: I’m super excited to be here with you on your show finally. And I’m just so proud of you for all the work you’ve put into it.
Courtney: I’m proud of you. Page, quit drinking January 1st and quit caffeine.
Page: I did.
Courtney: I know you were a Starbucks-a-holic and…
Page: Something like that.
Courtney: You’ve been going to yoga every day and exercising every day and you are just glowing my friend.
Page: I feel good that’s the important thing.
Courtney: She’s looked the exact same for 30 years. Actually, you look better. You look better now than you’ve ever looked in your entire life and I’m so proud of you and you’re so beautiful inside and out.
Page: Thank you for inspiring…
Page: All these positive, healthy changes.
Courtney: I feel like we always inspire each other.
Page: We do.
Courtney: And pull each other up.
Page: That’s what friends do.
Courtney: Yes, that’s what friends are for. So, I know we like cookies.
Page: We like cookies.
Courtney: We’ve been making cookies since the eighth grade.
Page: The eighth grade.
Courtney: But today I’m going to show you Page, how to make some raw Vegan thin mints, like the girl scout cookie thin mints.
Page: So excited.
Courtney: Thin mints, except the only difference, is instead of a ton of ingredients and lots and lots of sugar, we’ve only got five ingredients, no sugar, and no cooking. We’re just going to pop ‘em in the freezer for an hour. They’re easy, and I think you’re really going to like it.
Page: Yeah, I’m so excited.
Courtney: Yes. And Page actually started a magazine called the health journal for over 10 years before going into real estate, that’s what she did and so I’m actually going to put you on the spot today Page.
Page: Thanks, thanks a lot.
Courtney: That’s what I do. That’s what I’ve done for 30 years.
Page: For 30 years, I’m used to it by now. What do we have here?
Courtney: I’m going to let you do everything and I’m going to boss you around. So, you’re used to that right?
Page: It’s typical, yeah.
Courtney: Okay. So first we’re going to add some cacao powder.
Courtney: We’re going to add a cup of cacao powder and Page, what’s great about cacao powder?
Page: So, cacao powder is full of antioxidants, it has a natural energizing effect. It doesn’t have caffeine; it has theobromine just kind of like a cousin of caffeine so it’s going to give you that energy without affecting your nervous system or getting the jitters.
Courtney: Is it going to keep you up?
Page: It will keep you awake, …
Page: So be careful on the night-time cookies.
Page: I’ve learned my experience.
Courtney: So, we’ll just put that in the bowl first, and then we’ll add some hemp powder to our cookies. We’re going to add about half a cup of hemp powder. You and I made it before with three-fourths a cup, but I want to try half a cup today, a little bit less, and that’s going to give it that real cookie texture. And also, well, I’m not going to tell you, tell us Page, why is hemp good?
Page: So, hemp powder is ground hemp seeds it’s full of protein so you get a complete protein from it from a complete plant source. It also has a lot of fiber and it contains Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are really good for brain health. Those are your fatty acids that cushion the brain, and also nourish your skin, has a lot of great benefits. Also has the complete spectrum of amino acids.
Courtney: I’m going to add half a cup of coconut oil, and I just melt my coconut oil by putting the cup in some boiling water. So, you’re still not cooking it, you’re keeping everything raw. I’m just going to pour… and does coconut oil have many health benefits? I use it to whiten my teeth to do teeth pulling every day. But I kind of think that coconut oil is what takes these from thin mints to fatty mints. You know what I’m sayin’?
Page: Well, luckily there’s only half a cup in here, but yeah so…
Courtney: Yeah, there’s not much.
Page: An oil is an oil, but as far as oils go, I think coconut is one of the best choices it does have MCT, which is medium…
Courtney: Chain triglycerides.
Page: Yes, you got it. So, of the oil choices it’s definitely one of the more recommended for health, but still want to be…
Courtney: And speaking of choices, I’m just so proud of you for not drinking alcohol since the first of the year.
Page: Thank you.
Courtney: And I’ve just seen you over the years, make so many little choices that have now led you to be the woman you’ve become. And it’s just one choice at a time that is what health is. This or that? And if each decision you make it just a little bit better than the one before, eventually you’ll have a snowball effect of looking like this inside and out. So yes, yes, yes.
Page: Little baby steps.
Courtney: That’s right.
Page: It’s all the little steps that add up. So now I have agave nectar.
Courtney: Yes, we’re going to add two full tablespoons of agave and Page, speaking of agave, what did the vegan husband say to his wife when he got home from a long day at work?
Page: What? What did he say?
Courtney: Agave, I’m home. That’s right.
Page: That’s good.
Courtney: Yeah. But I really wanted to make these thin mint cookies with you Page because you’re just so full of encourageMINT, you know what I mean? Just always get it? EncourageMINT! I won’t quit my day job.
Courtney: Okay. Is that everything? No. Okay, it’s the final ingredient…
Page: Final ingredient.
Courtney: Is food-grade peppermint oil and that’s really important because, in the stores, they sell essential oils that you can totally burn in your diffuser, no problem, but if you’re going to ingest these oils, you want to make sure the highest quality oils you can find. So, I like Young Living and doTERRA and of course, I also like supporting entrepreneurial women as well. And Rachel Hemp…
Courtney: Gives me… Kemp. But she’s Rachel Kemp hemp because she sells hemp and so that’s so funny. Yeah. She would love that I messed up her name and called her Rachel Hemp. So she gives me oils all the time and I forgot to say that Sarah Lucento and I, my friend and massage therapist actually came up with this recipe and it only took us six times and five pounds, and here we are today. I think we love them so much, but we don’t want to feel guilty so we’re always like let’s practice making the thin mints again. Let’s really perfect…
Page: Well, I appreciate you putting in the research time.
Courtney: Yes, yes.
Page: It’s a great recipe.
Courtney: Yes, yes.
Page: I’m so excited to try these.
Courtney: So, I’m going to add four drops of food-grade peppermint oil, no more. You may want to try three and then see if you want another one. I personally like four drops, but peppermint oil is super strong.
Page: It’s strong, very strong.
Courtney: There are just five easy ingredients.
Page: Five ingredients and there’s no cooking.
Courtney: So that’s all, that’s how you do it. Fill the cups up and then put it in the refrigerator for about an hour. And then you’re going to see…
Page: Freezer or refrigerator?
Courtney: Freezer. Thank you. See that’s why I keep you around? You’re so smart. Yes, freezer for an hour. You could put them in the fridge. It would just take longer…
Page: Take longer.
Courtney: But yeah, you could.
Courtney: And that’s it. That’s just super simple.
Page: It’s beautiful. That just smells so good. So, pop them out.
Courtney: That’s it. Look how easy that comes out.
Page: Oh my gosh, it looks just like a thin mint cookie.
Courtney: I know, isn’t that great? Look at that. Just pop them.
Page: Wow. Those are pretty.
Courtney: Yup, all right. So…
Courtney: Cheers to…
Page: 30 years.
Courtney: Cheers to 30 years…
Page: Vegan life.
Courtney: Vegan life, changing the world, being yourself…
Page: One cookie at a time.
Courtney: One cookie at time, encourageMINT.
Page: I love you.
Courtney: Love you too.
Page: Good job on these. These are amazing.
Courtney: Thank you. And thank you, Sarah Lucento for helping me…
Page: Yeah, it’s brilliant.
Courtney: Perfect this recipe.
Courtney Rapping: Making raw vegan thin mints with my girl Page and we’ve been making cookies since…
Courtney & Page: The eighth grade.
Courtney: The girl Scouts are cool, but they got nothing on us. With only five ingredients, there’s really no fuss. Made mostly out of hemp, a complete protein so you could feed these cookies to a basketball team. No, you don’t need a stove or an oven to cook, just a blender, dehydrator, and…Courtney &Page: Courtney Uncooked.