On Saturday my best friend got married to her boyfriend of almost ten years, Rob. CONGRATS TO BOTH OF YOU!!!! Their wedding was not only beautiful, but it was a blast. Everything was perfect and Cathy looked amazing, as always. Many of you know that my favorite part of any wedding is the cake.
This one was very simple, with all-white frosting and the only decorations were the little flowers on the side. I thought it looked perfect. But how about the taste? Out of this world.
I believe they kept the cake simply because they knew the most popular dessert (for most people…) would be the freshly baked pies.
I could have eaten this entire pie by myself. It was the best pecan pie I have ever tasted. The best part about it was the thin layer of chocolate on the bottom. I was in heaven eating this.
Throughout the entire night (on top of several glasses of white wine) I ate: 1 piece of wedding cake, almost two entire pieces of pie (pecan and apple) and a Snicker bar. Gross Gina. Talk about a serious binge! Am I mad at myself? Heck no. I don’t ever do that, so who cares?! Not me. It all tasted wonderful. Don’t ask about the Snicker bar….Nick and I got a hotel that night and rated the vending machines, as if we had been deprived of sugar or something…
Keeping on the theme of “desserts”, today I wanted to share with you a new cookie recipe. Evan posted this “Chunky Monkey Nut Butter Oatie recipe several weeks ago, which I just had to try myself. I was glad I did because before making these cookies I had no idea just how easy it was to make oat flour. Seriously, check this out!
All I did was add the oats to my Magic Bullet and turn it on for about 30 seconds. It’s just like regular flour you would buy at the store! I think I could make pizza with this stuff….what do you think?!
I started this recipe with intentions to follow Evan’s recipe ~99% (I knew I wasn’t going to use honey because it’s not something I can eat on my low FODMAP diet). As is typical with me, I ended up modifying the recipe to a much greater extent than I had planned (and not on purpose….). Here is my completely modified recipe for Evan’s “Chunky Monkey Nut Butter Oaties;
1/2 cup oatmeal
6 T peanut butter (I used Soy butter and Smucker’s all-natural peanut butter)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 T Splenda brown sugar (or 4 T regular brown sugar)
2 T molasses
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
~1/4 t baking soda
- With a food processor or Magic Bullet, create a flour out of your oats (see my picture above).
- Add the peanut butter, brown sugar, molasses, and water to the oat flour, then mix it all up.
- Blend in the salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
- Add the almonds.
- Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet with a piece of foil or wax paper on top.
- Bake at 325 for ~20 minutes (times may vary!)
Yes, these were delicious, with 170 calories of pure healthy goodness (ok, aside from the molasses and brown sugar….). Thanks for the inspiration, Evan!