Pantry Party Cookies | Waste-Free Lifesavers

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I’m the girl who adds that sad looking, 2 tbsp worth of leftover hummus when I cook up some pui lentils. I’m the one who prepares dinner at a friends house then calls the next day with an idea on how to use the cups of quinoa that we didn’t finish. I’m the crazy gardener with a seriously passionate relationship with all and any composting systems. And I love worms. I pour water into those almost empty jars of honey and use that water for tea or sweet smoothies. I’m the one with a fridge full of kale stems, a quarter of an apple that Caspian ”ate”, 3 carrot sticks from yesterday and other ”scraps”. Because let’s face it, if you respect your food and in particular leftovers enough, anything can really be juiced or find themselves a perfect place in a smoothie/soup/stew or the like. And yes, I have some dumpster diving action in my past too.

People who’ve had me in their home will also know about my slight obsession with pantries. I can’t get enough of diving into other peoples pantries and especially cleaning and arranging them, making sure they haven’t forgotten the fabulous half full bag of sesame seeds or the unopened trail mix. Have you ever noticed how much somebody’s pantry tells of a person? Oh goodness, no one will ever invite me into to their kitchen again.. Funnily enough it’s not like our own pantry is super-tidy or anything but if I’m looking for the raisins on the shelf with all other nuts, seeds, dried fruits and superfoods and then find them in the fridge (gasp!) I will let Fabian (although very lovingly.. ahem) know. Daydreams of mine can revolve around cool walk-in pantries with beautiful vintage glass jars filled with everything a foodie like me can imagine. It’s a good dream. The reality is that ever so often I actually do need to make use of some forgotten 1/2 cup of homemade millet flour, 5 pistachios, the last 3 tbsp sunflower seeds, 3 squares of chocolate and other this-and-that in the back of the pantry. ..or some juice pulp, leftover porridge or..or.. You know what I mean. The solution? I throw a leftover pantry party and make some Pantry Party Cookies!  

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

I’m pretty hot for the idea of living waste-free and I really think the over-use of plastic should have been a story that ended with the shift of the millennium. For me, the base of going as much waste free as possible is respect. A deep respect for this grand, amazing and absolutely magnificent planet that hosts us so lovingly. Am I perfect? So not, but when researching for this post I’ve definetley found some new inspiration that I wish to share with you.

In terms of the overuse of resources, if everyone lived the way we do in Sweden, we’d need two more Earths and if everyone lived the American way we’d need 5 more Earths. Now I know it’s to generalize a bit but nonetheless, isn’t it just horrid? Really, where is the love in it? Many people today use take-away containers, straws, grocery bags, single-serving items that come in their own disposable package without any second thoughts and landfills are spreading out, filling up and leaking out nasties all over the planet. There is a business in selling/buying other countries garbage just to have them ”dealt with” on other places of the globe. So now we’re not just exporting food all over the planet, a non-environmental friendly act at all, we´re then throwing away as much as 50 % of the precious food this earth produces and to top things off, we’re exporting that waste. Brilliant.

We also have to think beyond that slightly off-looking lettuce (especially if it’s not organic or local) and see what it took to grow it. There is the fresh water, soil, a seed (non GMO, please), people and machines tending the land and taking care of the crops, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, healthy bee’s and all other components that I could go on and on about. It’s an agri-business then wrapped in plastic, shipped across the globe and many times thrown away. And then shipped off again. Also.. ”Carnivorous diets add extra pressure as it takes 20-50 times the amount of water to produce 1 kilogramme of meat than 1kg of vegetables; the demand for water in food production could reach 10–13 trillion cubic metres a year by 2050″ writes Rebecca Smithers in The Guardian.

I’m sorry about this heavy load but on the bright side, there are actually much good news to find as well. How about this: We can change it all! We can step up! We can make a difference!


 

  • We can! Reuse leftovers or slightly off-looking veggies. We can put that brown banana into a batch of Pantry Party Cookies or throw it in the freezer to make ice cream.
  • We can! Refuse plastic straws, those unnecessary 5 bleached napkins, the plastic bag/ wrap/ cutting board/water bottle (our Klean Kanteen’s are our best friends) or over-packaged foods in the supermarket (bulk is awesome).
  • We can! Store our lunches (check out waste-free lunches for some kiddo inspiration), leftovers and all the this and-that in glass jars and then of course make use of the delicious stuff.
  • We can! Recycle our household waste and sort out our Plastic, Paper, Glass, Aluminum, Compost etc. We’re headed to our recycling station today, actually. Not hard at all.
  • We can! Donate clothes, furniture, toys and other things around the house that we no longer need or use.
  • We can! Make a really cool apartment friendly Worm Compost System. I’ve never tried because we’ve always had a garden but if you’ve tried -big yay!- please let us know in the comments!
  • We can! Grow plants, herbs, sprouts to whatever extent possible. Roof top gardening? Two pots in your window? A full blown garden? All is amazing!
  • We can! Do our research! This book is a total gem, great finds are a few google searches away and awesome people with tons of knowledge are just waiting for you to ask the right questions.

 

Starting a new habit and making concious choices in new areas can be hard, I know, but learning is cool and personally I really get a kick from finding better routes, don’t you? Choose to green-ify all areas of your life; food, house, clothes, cleaning products, diapers, personal hygiene, travels, etc and you’re likely to find that the mark your making here on earth is a really really kind one. The Greenylicious Life is a good one in so many ways and as soon as you’e making an effort to do a little bit better, the universe will follow your lead and support you. that’s a promise.

Let’s start by checking in with our pantry and fridge, locate the goodies that need a new home and turn them into Pantry Party Cookies!

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Can you hear the Greenylicious Revolution rushing in our body, super excited for us to dive into the next step? How will you start? Let us know about your fist move in the comments below! ..and remember to hashtag your no-waste-love! #PantryPartyCookies #Earthsprout

Ps.1 – How’s the Pantry Party Cookies tasting after that dinner of gorgeous The Whole Pantry juice pulp burgers and home grown leafy greens + sprouts? Pretty darn good, eh?

Ps.2 – Please don’t be put off by the nutritional yeast in the list of ingredients, it adds a fabulous depth of flavor to an otherwise pretty plain cookie concoction (not to mention some fab Vitamin B12 and other nutritional goodies)

Ps.3 – Curious why Nutritional Yeast is good news for your body? Read my Fun & Fabulous section on just that HERE

°°Elenore°°

26 Comments

  1. The naked fig
    18 maj, 2014

    I love this idea! Such a great message and so helpful for using up scraps. I love a free-form recipe. All the little choices we make add up. Thank you for reminding me how I can help!

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  2. Lana
    18 maj, 2014

    Ahh, brilliant! I will need to have a look through my pantry to see what bits I can throw together cookie style – I know for sure there are some delicious hazelnuts just begging to be used. Wonderful post as always Elenore! Love xx

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  3. danijela
    19 maj, 2014

    Dear Elenore,
    This is one more world changing post from you.
    You are pure inspiration, as always.
    Love from the mountains.
    :)

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  4. Anna
    19 maj, 2014

    LOVED this post Elenore!!
    Can’t wait to make these Pantry party cookies. YUM!
    Thank you for spreading such an important message…it really isn’t that hard to ‘waste less”…especially if you own a juicer and blender!
    I was so excited to see your post in my inbox tonight – it’s definitely a favourite!
    Love from Australia :)

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  5. Arlette
    19 maj, 2014

    I love to use up ALL leftovers too! These look great, I’ll bake them just as soon as I’ve emptied my freezer of healthy home bakes lol! X

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  6. Kay Horn
    19 maj, 2014

    Dear Elenore

    PLEASE could you do a post with ideas / recipes of how to use various types of juice pulp.
    Some pulp e.g. carrot is easy to ‘bake’ with but the fibrous veggies like celery, fennel or wet cucumber …
    Help please.

    I agree, I want to and should
    – not waste. It is disrespectful esp since many people don’t have enough or any.
    – I want to spend wisely. Good food is pricey, so maximise it.
    – it is unGodly

    Many thanks and God Bless

    Kay

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  7. Clara P
    19 maj, 2014

    Hola Eleonore, I just love your recipes.
    I think I will buy your app..
    thanks for so beautiful posts!!

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  8. Helen
    19 maj, 2014

    Loving this recipe which came in handy this evening with pantry staples and a sad looking carrot grated. Tasty and nutritious as always.

    Clara P, if you are a fan of this recipe you’ll LOVE the app, 30 tasty breakfast recipes which have inspired many many breakfasts for me and my family over the past few months.

    Keep it up Elenore!

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  9. Kathleen
    19 maj, 2014

    This is such a good idea! I need to clean out my glass jars of little bits of this and that leftover. I’m going to make these. But your thoughts on reuse, etc. are excellent too. Thank you!

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  10. Emma
    19 maj, 2014

    Love this! Waste not. Want not.

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  11. Jacqui Tedder
    19 maj, 2014

    I love this post soooo much! It is very much in line with our values as well. I will be trying these gems!! xxx

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  12. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    20 maj, 2014

    I really love the idea behind this post and have been trying to be really intentional about not wasting food lately (using up pulp from making homemade nut milk, using pulp strained from a fruit recipe in overnight oats and sauces, etc). I’m pretty good at throwing a bunch of bits into a salad but making cookies from dry ingredients is really a great idea and I’m glad I have a base recipe now. Thank you and I can’t wait to see more posts like this!

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  13. ieanah
    20 maj, 2014

    You’re an infinite source of inspiration my dear!

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  14. The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    20 maj, 2014

    This is such a great message! I’m noting down The Zero Waste Lifestyle to buy in the future. I’m sure I’ve got ingredients I could use for pantry party cookies at home and I’ve been itching to bake something, so this will be the weekend project I think :)

    I’ve taken a few steps to reduce my waste since January 1st (it was my resolution to become more eco-friendly in my lifestyle): I use reusable cotton pads to remove my make-up, biodegradable and nature-friendly cleaning products, and of course I eat a plant-based diet. I cycle to university or take public transport. I’m sure there’s more I can do and I’m always open to new ideas.

    Thank you for being an inspiration and sharing your tips with us, I find them so useful! xoxo

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  15. Nadia
    20 maj, 2014

    This is exactly the challenge I’m running in my blog now: I pledged to use up all winter leftovers before summer! Only yours action looks much more elegant:) Gorgeous pictures and layout!

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  16. Leah
    20 maj, 2014

    fabulous eleanor! my father grew up in the depression era and his favorite saying was ”waste not want not”. So much wisdom in that. He would save even a few spoonfuls of left over food to take in his lunch for work. i often think about how this world might be different if we continued voluntarily that thrifty sensibility. his daughter was out harvesting dandelions to make wine and tea. XOXO!

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  17. Jo
    20 maj, 2014

    Amazing Elenore! Every time I read your posts I feel like I am reading about a part of myself… I am so that kind of girl who has to use up everything! Juice pulp, nut milk pulp, celery tops, left-over grains.. I can’t stand waste! Thank you for sharing such awesome tips. Our world needs us to do everything we can!
    You’ve inspired me to have a mega pantry sort-out and make use of all those little bags of bit’s and bobs : ) They sound like ideal toddler snacks too.. perfect! xxx

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  18. Sarah Lynn
    20 maj, 2014

    Lovely lovely lovely! Thank you Elenore, now I know what to do with all my pantry items before I leave Spain :) such an important message, every little bit counts. I do things such as recycle, limit my showers per week, walk as much as I can, and reuse jars as water and smoothie carriers! Also, I use a Diva Cup, which I highly recommend for all the ladies out there. It is not only eco-friendly but it is money saving as well. Enjoy the cookies xx

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  19. Jole
    22 maj, 2014

    Thank you!
    This is great.

    I made these tonight at 10 PM and ate them this morning for breakfast (why not, right?).
    They are delicious, yet very simple.
    I also left out the yeast, which makes the cookies a little flatter, but very tasteful.

    Just fruits and nuts!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. C
    26 maj, 2014

    I love you and your passion. It is inspiring and refreshing! You sound like me in so many ways. So much of what I read I’m like, yep, that’s me! There are definitely ways I can ex

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  21. Caitlyn
    26 maj, 2014

    Oops I accidentally hit send too soon up above.

    I love you and your passion. It is inspiring and refreshing! You sound like me in so many ways. So much of what I read I’m like, yep, that’s me! There are definitely ways I can expand though and I’ve always let money get in the way of certain things (like I have sooo many jars I recycle but they are all small and I need bigger ones to stock my pantry and use a bag because I don’t have a jar for it kind of thing.) and this just inspired me even more! Thank you :). And you’re cookies are brilliant. Mama earth is amazing and powerful and it’s a wonderful relationship we can have connecting with her, how can you not want to help.

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  22. Kathleen
    26 maj, 2014

    Please please add a pinterest button for people like me with outdated computer or whatever that won’t let the auto pinterest work for me.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      27 maj, 2014

      I’ll look into that, Kathleen! Thanks for bringing it up :) HAve a gorgeous day!

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  23. Rianne
    27 maj, 2014

    I love these cookies, its amazing that you can just make them from the things that are allready in your pantry. I used real butter instead of coconut oil. And they came out perfect.

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  24. sil @ entre jardins
    13 juni, 2014

    Hi Elenore, this is such a genius recipe to go free style and use what’s left in the pantry! I just made a batch of cookies with my 6 year old sister, thumbprint style, and they came out delicious!
    We’ve made a few changes though : there’s no coconut oil at my mum’s so we used olive oil (5 TBsp) and 2 bananas. oh and cinnamon and anise seeds instead of vanilla.
    Here’s to yummy cookies and upcycling revolution!
    Cheers!

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  25. Mylene
    12 september, 2014

    Hi Gorgeous Elenore ,
    this is a great post and i just made a batch and i love it but most importantly my little 18 months log girl LOVES them too!!! It is a great recipe to put whatever you have in your pantry and made it nut free :)

    have a lovely day !

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