Today I’m going to take a minute to talk about hand wash. And then I’m going to do a little giveaway. And yes, I know what you’re thinking. Is this lady really doing a post about hand wash?
I am. I’m doing a post about hand wash because I was contacted to collaborate with method on a project for their new line of nourishing hand wash – available exclusively at Target through October – and told them that I’d love to work with them (we use more than a few of their products at home), but under one condition: if it was actually nourishing and able to hydrate my painfully dry hands. Because after seven years of baking and purchasing soap-like products that claim to be moisturizing, I had yet to find anything capable of restoring my hands to what they looked like before I started washing dishes eight times a day. And, as a result, I was skeptical of any product that made such claims.
Shortly before we left for our honeymoon (perfect timing), I received a big box of hand wash and started using it any time I washed my hands (which, on the day I kept tally, turned out to be 14 times) (WHO WASHES THEIR HANDS 14 TIMES A DAY?). Within one week my hands went from looking less like this (that’s my good hand on a good day, by the way) to looking more like they do after I’ve spent two weeks in 80%+ humidity Ohio. Thom even made a comment about being surprised that they no longer feel like sandpaper. And when he found out I wasn’t doing anything aside from using the hand wash, he suggested that maaaybe I should consider using it on my feet.
HA. NO THOM.
But he’s right: my hands are SOFT. The skin around my nails is finally healthy (and no longer peeling/bleeding/making me miserable) and the knuckles on my right hand – the hand that spends a lot of time under a steady stream of hot water – are no longer cracked or scabbed over. But the best part? I didn’t have to slather on heavy lotions or start protecting my hands with rubber gloves. I simply swapped out our “moisturizing” hand wash for one that actually moisturizes (with the help of kelp + seaweed extracts).
And because method makes products that you can feel good about using (no toxic chemicals! no overpowering, synthetic scents!), I figured I’d give you a recipe that you can feel good about eating.
I figured I’d also give you a chance to win a $150 Target gift card. Which means you could buy 30 bottles of nourishing hand wash or 55 bags of candy corn (don’t make the mistake and accidentally grab the pumpkin spice variety, like me, because it is GROSS). Or you could spend it like a practical person and use it to stock up on toilet paper and crunchy peanut butter and maybe a few bottles of booze (if your local Target carries booze) (MINE DOES). I’m also going to throw in a bottle of method‘s nourishing hand wash, basil dish soap, and mint glass + surface cleaner (which is the only reason I deep-clean our countertops on an almost daily basis). All you have to do is leave a comment before 1 October, letting me know how many times I said ‘hand wash’ in this post OR about a new product you’ve found that you love (and why) OR how you’d spend 150 in Target $$$. I’ll pick a winner at random and they’ll be notified via email. If I don’t hear from the winner within 24 hours, a new one will be chosen. For the first time ever, giveaway is restricted to the USA. Sorry. I’ll make it up to you next month. Giveaway closed! Winner has been notified – congrats, Heather! And because I was moved by more than a few of your comments, I put those names in a bowl and drew two additional winners for a $50 gift card, each. Congrats Alexis McMackin and Meredith! <3
Notes: Almonds are my go-to when making most raw treats, but cashews would be a great substitute (if you’re not into the flavor of almonds). I’ve tried this recipe with walnuts but they were a bit on the oily side, and I imagine you’d run into the same issue with pecans. The moisture level (and size, if you don’t have a scale) of your dates will overall determine how much almond milk you’re going to need. Don’t be alarmed if you add the full four tablespoons and the dough is still a bit crumbly – just add additional almond milk, one tablespoon at a time. I’ve added a couple of tablespoons of lucuma powder to these a few times, and it was delicious (I imagine camu camu, maca, or maqui would be, too). If you don’t have raw tahini on hand, you can replace it with your favorite raw nut butter. Or omit it all together and add an additional 2 tablespoons (28g) of almond milk.
This post is sponsored by method (except the giveaway, that’s sponsored by me). All opinions are my own, and I think method rules.
RAW TAHINI BROWNIE BITES
1 1/2 cups (215g) raw almonds
1/3 cup (25g) cacao powder
Pinch of fine sea salt
8-10 (150g) medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup (55g) raw tahini
3-4 tablespoons (42-56g) raw vanilla almond milk (ooooldie!)
In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the almonds into a fine meal, then add the cacao powder and sea salt, and pulse just until combined. Add the tahini and process until evenly distributed, then add the dates and pulse for 25-30 seconds, until a clumpy mixture starts to form. Add three tablespoons of the almond milk and pulse until the mixture starts to ball up. If it’s still dry and crumbly, add the additional tablespoon of almond milk until a dough-like mixture forms (or more, if necessary). Using a 1 1/2 teaspoon scoop, drop the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into balls then roll in cacao powder, if desired. Bites can be kept refrigerated, in an air tight container, for up to two weeks, or frozen for at least a couple of months ( but I doubt they’ll last that long).
Yield: About 70 bites