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Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 Oct
Tasty with milk!

Tasty with milk!

Yesterday, while taking a break from working from home (long story, involving an eye infection and insane eye irritation), I wanted to whip up something that I wouldn’t feel too bad about eating, but tasty and sweet.

Typically oats make me feel like I’m doing something good for myself, and reducing the amount of white sugar also does the trick. This recipe is all about the oats, and by using agave syrup, avoids the white sugar as well. This recipe made a bakers’ dozen large-ish cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c agave syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c rolled, old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flake, optional

Method

  • Preheat at 350.
  • With a mixer, beat the egg, agave, and butter together until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture until combined. Then with a spoon/spatula, fold in the oats. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips (and coconut flake, if using).
  • Spoon out (or use an ice cream scooper) onto silpat or greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars

9 Oct
Eating my homemade Larabar while reading some contracts

Eating my homemade Larabar while reading some contracts

I’ve been making this recipe for the better part of 4 months now, whipping up a batch on Sunday afternoons, so that Rafe and I can take them in to work with us, one a day, all week long. I usually have them as my mid-morning snack. This recipe makes 10 small/med-sized bars, or 5 jumbo bars. Your choice!

At ~$40 for a box of 16 bars ($2.50/bar), buying Larabars at the store is an expensive proposition. Making them at home, however, depending on where you buy your cashews and dates in bulk, costs me about $4.75 per 10-bar batch, or $0.47/bar. Not bad!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c raw cashews (don’t use the pre-salted kind)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c packed dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c chocolate chips

Method

  • Using a food processor, whirl the cashews and salt until the nuts are roughly crumb-sized, maybe 45 sec to a 1min.
  • While this is going, soak your dates in a bowl of warm water to get them to soften up a bit. Squeeze out excess water and drop them into the processor, along with the vanilla extract. Whirl together until a ball forms. If the mixture isn’t sticking together, pour in (1 tbsp at a time) some of the excess date water.
  • Finally toss in the chocolate chips and allow to pulse a few times, until the chips are roughly mixed in.
  • Turn out onto a silpat or wax paper (something that won’t stick), and use a spatula to form into a rectangle. Now stick this (maybe with a plate or small cutting board until it) into the fridge for about 20 min to harden.
  • Cut into bars, store in the fridge. I usually place sheets of parchment between the bars so they don’t get too sticky.

Darkest, Richest Chocolate Ice Cream

13 Apr

DSC_0763Last month, my in-laws were in town for a visit. Now there’s something you should know about my father-in-law– chocolate is literally the only thing that works for him as a dessert. Nothing else will do.  And he’s a purest, so when chocolate is involved in the dessert, it’s really not enough. The dessert must be completely, darkly, richly, fully chocolate. (And the darker the better.)

So I adapted the Scharffen Berger chocolate ice cream recipe just for my father-in-law, and topped it with toasted coconut for my husband. We ate it while playing a game of Cards Against Humanity, which if you’ve never played, is quite hilarious especially while playing with one’s in-laws.

Ingredients 

  • 4 oz very dark semisweet chocolate (I used a mix of 60% and 70% cacao)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 c coconut flake; sliced bananas (optional)

Method

  • Finely chop the chocolate and place in a large bowl.

    Or you could eat over sliced bananas, like me.

    Or you could eat over sliced bananas, like me.

  • In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until canary yellow. Whisk in cocoa powder until you get a thick paste.
  • Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Whisk continuously. While whisking the cocoa mixture, slowly pour the milk into the cocoa mixture, whisk until smooth (whisk continuously so the egg does not cook in place!).
  • Return the cocoa+milk mixture back to the saucepan and cook again over medium heat, stirring this time with a wooden spoon, until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This should just be a few more minutes.
  • Strain the hot mixture into the bowl with the finely chopped chocolate pieces. Stir until chocolate melts.
  • Let cool, or cool by putting this bowl into a larger bowl with an ice bath in it. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hr.
  • Freeze in ice cream maker according to instructions.
  • For toasted coconut to top, lightly brown coconut flake in a non-stick fry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until aromatic. Let cool before serving over ice cream.

Cadbury Mini-Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies

27 Mar
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A never-ending sea of cookies

Notwithstanding the any references to religiosity and zombie Jesus, I really rather enjoy Easter, with its crazy traditions of bunnies who give birth to chocolate eggs. It’s like a chocolaty, marshmallowy pastel acid trip of a holiday.

I mean, neon/pastel fluffy Little Peeps anyone?

So the cookies on the right are what happens when I combined my love of Cadbury eggs with my passion for chocolate chip cookies. Go Easter! Joyeuses Paques!

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies (yes yes YES), but we baked 2 dozen and froze the rest. You can easily pre-ball the dough and layer in a tupperware with sheets of parchment in between. They’ll keep for a good long while– at least a few weeks.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2/3 c white sugar
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 c white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c milk chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg dark chocolate Cadbury mini-eggs

Method

  • Preheat to 350

    Close your eyes and dream of pastel bunnies and neon marshmallow chicks.

    Close your eyes and dream of pastel bunnies and neon marshmallow chicks.

  • Smash each Cadbury mini-egg (you can either chop with a knife or place in a ziplock bag and whack it with the heaviest textbook you have). Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugars with an electric beater. Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients (but not the chocolate pieces) and fold in the chocolate chips and chocolate egg pieces.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to ball the cookies and baking on a silpat for about 10-12 min, or until the cookies are just golden brown enough to look delicious.

Molasses Cookies

16 Feb
Pile of cookies to be consumed immediately.

Pile of cookies to be consumed immediately.

Made these cookies with my mother while at home in NJ earlier this month, then made them again for Rafe as soon as I got home to TX (very same evening!). That’s how good these were. I will be making these again for sure.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (just stick in microwave for a few seconds on each side)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. molasses

Method

  • Preheat to 350. Whisk together flours, baking soda, and spices in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar aside (you’ll use this to roll balls in later).
  • With an electric beater, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and molasses. Gradually mix in dry ingredients, until just combined (don’t overmix).
  • Roll into balls of about an inch diameter, roll balls in the sugar you set aside earlier. Place balls on baking sheets, a few inches apart. Bake about 10-15 min.

Easiest Key Lime Pie

10 Feb
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My absolute favorite go-to pie to bring over for a pot luck or similar. 6 ingredients– love the simplicity of it all! Easy pie, but still tasty and impressive enough to bring to friends/neighbors.
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs from 9 (2 1/4-inch by 4 3/4-inch) crackers
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 c plus 2 tbsp fresh (or bottled if you must) Key lime juice
Method:
  •  Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch (4-cup) glass pie plate.
  • Bake crust in middle of oven 10 minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on.
  • Whisk together condensed milk and yolks in a bowl until combined well. Add juice and whisk until combined well (mixture will thicken slightly).
  • Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack (filling will set as it cools), then chill, covered, at least 8 hours. Garnish with cute, cut lime slivers for some added flare.

Delicious Paleo Brownies

19 Oct

Made these a few weeks ago and they were AMAZING. Hoping to have time to make them tonight before the outdoor film (see also picnic and BYOB lawn party) we are going to downtown. Best brownies ever. Delicious with milk, or just by their damned selves. And they are paleo! I made them in honor of a growing group of friends who are paleo.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 4 oz semisweet baking chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips

Method

  • Preheat 325. Sift together almond flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a microwavable bowl, melt the semisweet chocolate, in 15 second increments, mixing with a spoon so nothing burns!
  • Beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Slowly pour the melted chocolate and coconut oil into the egg mixture while whisking until fully incorporated. Go fast enough that the egg doesn’t cook itself with the chocolate.
  • Add the dry into the wet mixture little by little. Finally add the white chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a square pan and bake for ~30 min, or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.

Homemade Lara Bars (Coconut Cherry-Date)

27 Sep

I’ve been reading all over creation that you can make healthy bars at home. So after reading a bunch of recipes, I made up my own… These are SO tasty, and only contain dried fruits and nuts!


Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. almonds
  • 3/4 c. pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut flake

Method

  • Process nuts and salt in a food processor, until it is coarse (not too ground, with a few nice chunks). Pour nuts into a large bowl.
  • Process dates, cherries, raisins, and coconut oil in a food processor until it makes a big ball.
  • Mix the date mixture into the nut mixture with your hands until thoroughly mixed. Add coconut flake and mix further.
  • Press the mixture into a ball. Using a silpat on a baking sheet, press and flatten ball into a rectangle on the silpat. Cut into the size you’d like– I made 10.

Chocolate Chip Paleo Cookies

24 Sep

This was my 3rd attempt at paleo cookies, and by far the best… These had enough crunch to be interesting, and great texture from the coconut and almond flour. Definitely will be making them again.

I brought 5 of them into work today and inadvertently ate 4 already. And it’s not even 2pm. Yikes. Must hide them.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c unsweetened coconut flake
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 1/3 c craisins
  • 1/3 c chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c chopped nuts (optional)

Method

  • Mix all dry ingredients together. Add in wet (egg, vanilla, honey, and oil). Then fold in chips, craisins, and nuts.
  • Use ice cream scoop to scoop out batter. Lightly flatter down. Bake on silpat for ~15 min at 325.

Rich Summer Oatmeal

29 Aug

I’ve read a handful of cold oatmeal recipes in the last few weeks and have been ever-so-curious. So I whipped up a version for the last 2 nights, and the one I had this morning was rocking. I will most likely be having this for the next couple weeks… 🙂

Cold oatmeal sounds super weird at first (Rafe made a funny face when I told him what I was making), but it has a rich, creaminess to it.

This is the sort of thing that would definitely work in a brunch buffet line as well just the ordinary Wed morning.

Fantastic breakfasty goodness!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/3 c fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • dash almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flake
  • Fresh-cut fruit

Method

  • Mix everything together until combined.
  • Let sit overnight in the fridge. Eat the next day (with fresh fruit on top)!