Apple Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Clusters

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Welcome back, did you miss us?- We missed you! We had an amazing and much needed vacay last weekend, but I did miss being able to check up on you all, as well as all my favorite blogs. If you've ever wondered what some of those are by the way, you can find them here. That list could probably use some updating though, we find awesome new ones all the time.

We spent the weekend at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Bethany, Ontario, called the Plantation House. The owner, Rose was wonderful - it was like having your own temporary mom and she did a great job of providing paleo friendly meals for us. The house was beautiful and so was the property. A gazebo on the water was all set for a wedding she was hosting Saturday afternoon.

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Bethany is one of the dozens of tiny country towns around Peterbourough and the Kawartha Lakes region. It feels like we did so much in such a small amount of time, so I will give you the short version. On this trip we: toured the countryside, visited 4 chocolate shops (and bought something at each one), ate good food (yay!), ate bad food (sad face), went to a farmer's market, saw the movie Lawless (intense!), fell in love with a local hand-made  quilt shop, where I bought this seasonal apron for Barbara, and visited Petroglyphs Provincial Park.  The park was a great experience with an inspiring exhibit, rugged  hiking trails, and of course the beautifully preserved Petroglyphs. The  entire spot had a very positive energy about it. We thought this sign  was cool.

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Photo of me with Chocosol Traders

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Barbara in her new apron tempting Phil with a local apple.

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At Petroglyphs National ParkTo top off the weekend we travelled to Oakville for my Grandma's 90th birthday party. I've never seen her so happy!

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Here's a snap of my better half and I at Grandma's birthday

 So now you know where we were all weekend! We hope you enjoyed yours too, got any stories for us? You can always comment below, we would love it if you did. So without further ado, here is the recipe for our chosen snack of the weekend. Perfect for fall, we hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading :)

- Jon.

PREP TIME: 10 min

COOK TIME: 15-17 min

YEILDS: 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

2 free-range eggs

3 cups almond flour

1/3 cup local maple syrup (or raw honey)

1/2 cup apple sauce

1/2 organic/grass-fed butter (or coconut oil)

1.5 cups of raisins

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp organic ground vanilla bean powder (or extract)

1 tsp baking soda

dash of sea salt

PROCESS:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine eggs, syrup, apple sauce, and vanilla in a bowl and mix well with a hand mixer.

3. Add in almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and a dash of salt and continue mixing.

4. After melting your butter over the stove, pour into mixture and keep mixing until everything is evenly combined.

5. Fold in your raisins using a spatula.

6. Drop balls of cookie dough (about 1-2 tbsp sized) onto stonewear bar pan or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15-17 min.

7. Remove from oven and let them cool. Enjoy to the fullest, store extras in fridge.