Double Chocolate Peanut Butter (vegan) Cookies

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Sometimes I make things that are so good I just have to share them. I am not the kind of person who has secret recipes. I would much rather share so that everyone can enjoy the deliciousness!

I am always on the look out for treats that are kinda healthy. If something can be 100% amazing and even just 50% healthier then the typical, why not right? I have had BAD luck with healthy cookies in the past. They usually end up crumbly, or not very sweet or just a general disaster. These cookies are vegan I have never really ventured too deeply into vegan eating (I like my dairy and eggs!) but I follow a few ladies on instagram who make some amazing looking vegan food. When I came across this recipe today it spoke to my constant craving for chewy, chocolate-y, peanut butter-y things. I couldn’t wait to make them and luckily I had all the ingredients I needed!

Double Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies (Originally from a new-to-me blog Oh She Glows)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ground Flax mixed with 3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup natural Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain Sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1.5 cups Oat Flour (grind up whole oats in your food processor)
  • 1 tbsp Almond Milk
  • 2/3 cup mini Chocolate Chips (or what ever vegan chocolate you would like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. Mix flax with water and set aside to thicken up. Whisk again once the flax has thickened up.
  2. Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the flax and beat until well combined. You can used a mixer, but a firm rubber spatula did the trick for me.
  3. Next, beat in the dry ingredients one by one following the order of the ingredient list. Only add the milk if your mixture seems very dry. It should be moist, but not super sticky.
  4. Shape into balls that use about 2 tbsp of dough each. Pat balls down into 1/2 inch thick disks on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Space the cookies 2-3 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes (mine were perfect at 13!) and the let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Enjoy alone or dipped in milk (or…what ever you would like).
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Whole Grain Summer Berry Cobbler

Cobbler is one of my favorite desserts. Totally. I think I could create a whole recipe section based completely on my cobbler variations.

I know in the last post I was talking about all the things I can not eat. Cobbler is definitely one of the things I can not eat. Or at least not very often. Indulging once a week or once every two weeks is probably the max.

Anyways, today I was craving hot sweet fruit and a crispy biscuit crust. I knew I needed to make a cobbler, even if it meant giving it away the next day. Which is what I fully intend on doing by the way. Before bed I’ll wrap it up in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge where it can hang out till I can find a happy home for it in the morning.

This cobbler is a little different then normal, because I used all whole grain flour and a bit of whole rolled oats. I also cut the sugar down a bit. Not that I could tell at all, it was still the sweetest thing I have eaten all week!

This kind of dessert is great for a last minute party or potluck offering. You probably have all the ingredients in your house and almost any fruit can be substituted in for the berries I used here. Get creative! Blackberries and peaches? Strawberries and rhubarb? Plums? You get my drift.

Top a generous serving with ice cream and you will be in everyones good books.

Warm up and top with yogurt (or heck, ice cream again) for breakfast and your husband may give you funny looks, but really, whats better then dessert for breakfast? Yeah…nothing.

Whole Grain Summer Berry Cobbler
( adapted from The Joy Of Cooking )

1 cup Whole Grain Flour
1/3 cup Whole Rolled Oats (any kind would work, but thats what I like)
2 tbsp Sugar
2tsp Baking powder
5 tbsp Cold and Hard butter or margarine
1/2 cup Milk

6-8 cups Fresh Fruit, cleaned and cut appropriately, I used 4 cups blueberries and 3 cups raspberries
3 tbsp Cornstrach. This makes your fruit thicker and jam-like, if your fruit is super juicey add an extra tablespoon
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon  (optional…I did not use it this time..)

1. Combine fruit with cornstarch and sugar and cinnamon if desired.
2. Pour into an 8×8 or 9×9 square casserole dish and set aside for a minute.
3. Turn oven on and preheat to 375 degrees F.

4. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium/large bowl.
5. Cut in butter till course crumbs form and no large butter chunks remain.
6. Stir in milk and quickly combine to make a cohesive dough. If the dough is super wet still, add 1 or 2 tbsp flour. Dough will be sticky.
7. Using two spoons, scoop little balls of dough and drop over the top of the fruit. There should be enough dough to almost entirely cover the top of the fruit. There will be tiny holes between dough. That is ok. You can smooth out dough with a angled spatula if you really want.
8. Brush dough lightly with milk and sprinkle 2-4 tbsp sugar over the top. This gives it a nice crunch.
9. Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes. Check at the 45 minute mark. Cobbler crust should be browned nicely and slightly crunchy. Fruit will probably be bubbling around the edges of the pan. Yum.
10. Cool 10 minutes on the counter and serve warm with ice cream, yogurt, whipping cream or by itself. Also great cold or reheated the next day.

(To reheat, either microwave individual portions, or pop the whole pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes)

The Best Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Today I went to cycle fit (or some people call it spin class). I have been going since January once or twice a week. Its is a major cardio workout. Every time I tell Gary I have never sweat so much in my life. Except that one hot yoga class. That takes sweating to a whole new level. I was literally drenched.

I know. This is totally the best way to start a cookie post…talking about sweat. Appetizing.

The thing is, I need to work out. Often. Daily if possible.

I also bake daily. That means I eat baking daily. Spin Class is necessary.

True life.

I am soo tempted to make croissants right this moment. It is an all day commitment. And I don’t even like croissants.

I just drank 20 ounces of chai tea and ate two of these cookies, and an apple dipped in natural peanut butter. I am a snacker. Speaking of snacking, I totally need to go to Trader Joes asap. They have the best snacks eveeerr.
The Best Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(Based on Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies from Smitten Kitchen)
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1) Cream butter and sugar together till light
2) Add salt, vanilla and eggs and mix for three minutes scraping down the sides of the bowl after one minutes
3) Mix flour and baking soda together. Add half the flour and mix till combined. When just combined, add the rest of the flour.
4) Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
5) Roll into heaping tablespoon sized balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.
6) Bake in a 350 degree oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes ( mine were perfect after 12 minutes) . Let cool 2-4 minutes on the cookie sheet then cool completely on wire racks.
Options: Add nuts (2cups, decrease oatmeal to 1 cup), Add orange zest ( 2 tsps), Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves with the flour. Doing all these additions will create the same cookies found on Smitten Kitchen. I prefer mine much more plain so I didn’t do any of them!


Happy Birthday to ME (and my sister)

Today, April 18, is my 22 birthday and because I am a twin… it is also my sisters birthday.

 Happy birthday Jill!

This is Jill (annddd me). She is so awesome and a great gardener and can bake like nobody’s business. She also likes flower patterned shorts and to embrace messy hair and Harry Potter is totally her thing.

 Last night we went to see hunger games because I have been dyyyyinnngg to see it. This was her third time! What the heck! By the way, Jill told me we could only go see it Tuesday night. Why? Because that’s cheap night and ” there’s no way I am paying full price when I can go on Tuesday for so much cheaper!” I have lost that extreme frugalness apparently. Thankgoodness she still has it!

Because I love food, specifically sweet, homemade food, I decided yesterday that on my birthday I am going to eat good food.

Last night I searched through the blog Joy The Baker  to find exactly what I was going to eat for breakfast. I chose joy’s blog mostly because she shares my love of making dessert into breakfast. How can you go wrong eating chocolate cake for breakfast?
Answer- you can’t.

 But because I am trying to eat better. ( ahem no cake for breakfast) I decided to go with orange and chocolate scones and rice pudding…. Totally healthy I know!

Some people really don’t like rice pudding, I on the other hand love it.
I could eat it everyday.
Preferably with only a few raisins and maybe a touch if cinnamon here and there.
But, to be honest, I have never met a rice pudding I didn’t like.
The newest way I have cooked it is kinda like risotto… The rice is cooked in milk with sugar. Ummm sooo good!! There are also crock pot variations, oven baked variations, left over rice variations, custard variations. The list goes on.

Anyways I am sure you don’t really care about the numerous ways to make rice pudding… Especially because this blog post is actually about the chocolate orange scones.

Oh man.
They are just so good!

Orange Chocolate Scones
Recipe from Joy The Baker

1 1/2 cups Flour
2 tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Orange zest
2 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
6 tbsp cold Butter
1 large Egg Yolk
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk (or soured milk)
1/2 cup Semi-sweet or dark Chocolate chips

Move oven rack To upper third of the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix together flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Cut butter into dry ingredients until butter chunks are very small and mixture looks coarse. I like to use my pastry blender, but you can use your fingers equally well.

In a small bowl combine egg yolk and buttermilk and beat till combined. Add to dry ingredients and stir with a fork till moistened. Add chocolate chips.

Use your hands to bring dough together, kneading a bit so it holds together easily.

Place dough onto a lightly floured counter. Flatten till 1 inch thick. Cut into four squares. I like to make eight smaller scones so I then cut the four large scones in half.

Bake immediately on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 425 for 12-15 minutes.

Best eaten the same day they are baked.

Also, after scones are shaped, you can place them on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid then transfer to a plastic bag and keep in the freezer for a quick breakfast treat!. Then when you are ready to bake them, preheat oven, place scones on a cookie sheet and bake from frozen. They may take just a few extra minutes to bake.

Freezing scones is always a good idea if you can not bake immediately. Even if your just waiting for room in the oven. Putting the scones in the freezer even for 15 minutes, helps to keep your butter cold (for flakier layers) and slows down the baking powders rising action (higher, more even rise of the scones in the oven) .

When "Bake Zucchini Cake" is on Your To-Do List, Your Bound to Get at Least One Thing Done

I need lists. I am probably the biggest procrastinator you know. I can waste too much time on Facebook, Pinterest , and blogs that I get nothing done for hours!

So I make lists. Every morning while I eat breakfast and check Facebook, I make my list of things that need doing that day. Usually there is at least one house cleaning item, dinner, some yard work and some impossible task that getting written down day after day and never actually gets done. ie. paint the living room, clean the fridge, go to the bottle depot ( I hate going to the bottle depot…is like…wahoo I am going to bring in all these bottles and cans I have been saving all this time and get some money and then I can feel awesome…and then you go and empty out the sticky bags and take all the lids off the bottles and sort all the different sizes and then bring them up to the counter and they ring it through…”and you get $4.67 back today, don’t spend it all in one place!” gee…thanks…)  . Anyways, that was a little side note.

So yesterday I started my day by making a list…

 Yeah, its messy…but really who else was supposed to read it? For about 30 seconds I considered making a nice neat one and fakin’ it for the picture…but this is real life. 
I like how I felt the need to clarify that I only “sort of” needed groceries. Meaning, of course, that I only needed eggs and cinnamon sticks. 
By the end of the day, I had completed all of the things on my list except cleaning the upstairs bathroom, and reprocessing my unsealed pears. 
I did find it funny that I added “Bake zucchini cake” to the list. Because really…since when did I need to remind myself to bake? It probably would be better if I forgot once in a while. Haha..not likely. 
Anyways, I made the zucchini cake. This was my second time and my oh my..its just so tasty. Just a little chocolatey, and a little zucchini-y and perfectly soft and tender and moist and really really great for breakfast. (But really, what cake isn’t?)  Um on the topic of eating cake for breakfast, just the other day, somebody was quite shocked that pie is a regular breakfast item at my (and my parents!) house. I think I have a dessert problem. 
Ugh I keep getting off topic! So I made the cake. And its really really good. And you should totally make it. 
This is what it looks like. Kinda plain, I know. The actual recipe says to top it with chocolate chips, but you know me..always trying to cut down on the sugar, so I left them out. 
Actually I just forgot. And I found it totally tasty this way. 
This recipe I found through Tasty Kitchen  and is actually from another girl/lady’s blog, so when that happens I don’t generally like to post the recipe on my blog. So here is the LINK . I have not spent too much time on this blog yet, but it looks interesting! She even took step by step pictures! Yay. 🙂 

Picky? High Maintenance? Asking for Diabetes? You tell me…

I am not a picky eater. I pretty much like everything or at least I will eat anything.
I have a bit of a problem going out to eat though.Mostly if we are going out to eat breakfast. I always tear apart the menu and try and find something I either do not know how to make or I don`t usually make because it is too much work. I am talking about creative pancake options, unreal omelette’s, yeast breakfast breads you know…stuff like that. I mean I like regular cereal and oatmeal and pancakes and French toast and eggs and bacon and waffles and all that stuff but when I am paying for it…I want something special.

Ok this totally sounds so High Maintenance.
Its true, I am becoming and bit of a “foodie” what ever that means. I like to search for original restaurants that make cool/homemade/unique things. But I totally will eat at White Spot or Boston Pizza and be totally happy too. If there is a cool/homemade/unique restaurant next door though…that will always always always be my choice!

Today though, I realized that when I am trying to pick a breakfast place I am looking for a place with baked goods…
in other words I want to be able to order a cinnamon bun for breakfast or a piece of  coffee cake or something else laced with sugar.
Unfortunately my dear husband is a bit on the opposite side of the fence. As long as the place has a)Bacon, b) runny eggs c) toast we can eat there.

So now the Canucks game is on ( well it has been on the whole time) and its overtime and I totally do not remember what the entire point of this post was besides the fact that I want to eat cake and sugar for breakfast.

Thankyou for reading my nonsense…no point post. 🙂

❤ Marie

Better-Then-Crack Brownies (for real)

Ok, so have you ever made something that is sooo good that you want to eat the whole pan?
I mean, I make things I like all the time, but LOVE and want to eat every last crumb of? That doesn’t happen very often, or at least I don’t let it happen very often or else I would be 300lbs. by tomorrow.
I have to admit though…3/4 of this pan is gone and I have eaten every last crumb. 🙂
I made these once before but for somebody else so I only had 1 piece. (thank goodness)
This time I made a 9×9 pan rather then the 9×13 pan that this recipe calls for.
I found this recipe on How Sweet It Is. Which is my new favourite blog by the way. So many delicious treats that look amazing! I have made quite a few and they are always always always delicious!

So you know what this is??

Brownie ( well I actually used chocolate cake but…same difference)
Peanuts
Peanut Butter Cups
Rice Krispies coated in peanut butter, chocolate and butter

yum

yum

and yum

I never know if I should post the recipe here or direct you over to How Sweet blog.. but today I think I am going to post it here…

Better-Than-Crack Brownies

1 – 9×13 size batch, Brownies
1/2 cup Salted Peanuts
1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Cups ( I used 6 cups for a 9×9 and that was plenty)
1 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate chips ( you could totally use semisweet…I used half semi and half milk)
1 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 tablespoon Butter
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

1. Bake Brownies till set and basically done.
2. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped Peanut Butter Cups and Peanuts. Put back in oven and bake for a few more minutes. Basically till brownie is 100% done and the PB Cups are melting.
3. When they are done, melt Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips and Butter in a medium sized pot. Stir over medium/low heat until completely melted and combined.
4. Remove from heat and stir in the Rice Krispie Cereal. ( both times I have made this I added about 1/2 cup more cereal. I am sure it doesn’t matter but I just like the krispyness 🙂 )
5. Spread over the Brownie base evenly.
6. Chill till the chocolate is set and not goopy or runny. (about 2 hours)
7. YUM eat and share ( so you don’t gain 100lbs like me 🙂 )