Monthly Archives: April 2008

Ridiculously delish

Chocolate? please. Who doesn’t love chocolate. These were delicious. I may be just saying that because I have no good cookie options now for over a year… but.. then again.. they were good.

When my favorite cookies of all time became off limits due to the oatmeal contained in them as the main ingredient…. I was lost. I made the original recipe at least twice a month. Ate them for breakfast even.

But now I have concocted a new and improved version that takes into account all that I can’t have and and tastes just like the other ones. Who knew that baked sunflower seeds and coconut flakes taste just like oatmeal. Huh? who? I want to see a show of hands!

What I did:

Boiled 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup coconut milk in a saucepan until it was bubbling nicely, then added 1 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 cup of peanut butter (Organic, MaraNatha brand).

poured that over a mix of:

  • 1 1/2 cups of cocoa krispies(GF Koala Krisps)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy choc chips (Enjoy life)
  • 1/2 cup raw , unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Stir it until just mixed and pour into a parchment paper lined 8 x 8 pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Let cool slightly. Here’s where the madness/genius starts. Makes them look like the old ones. hee hee.

Take a cookie scoop. (Mine is red) And scoop scooperfuls of the baked dough, which translates into about 1 1/2 tablespoon, onto either a parchment lined tray, or I just just used a clean dinner plate.

Let the “haystacks” sit there cooling for a bit, then cover and refrigerate them overnight- if you can wait that long. They are a cross between fudge and brownie and just plain yummy.

I am serious. These were way too good. Something must be wrong with them. Low(er) sugar than the original and no gluten? or dairy? I’ll take two, thank you.



My life may have just been saved by cute food. Seriously… who doesn’t want to eat cute food?

While my attempts this week have not achieved the actual level of “cute bento”, they are bento and little food is cute no matter how you look at it.

“cute bento” includes those boxes made with cute characters and faces and flowers and lots of amazing options. I’ll just start by building some basic bento and go from there.

I found little cheeses at Costco. The baby carrots were easy. The rice noodles and red sauce I eat  four days a week… so that now it’s in a small container makes it cute. And eating it all with chopsticks just makes it more fun. Maybe .. Maybe .. finally I will get to the point I need to be with my new found cute food in a box.


Dip it

Did I tell you the one about the dip?

The one where no matter how many lables I read, no dip on the face of the planet had ingredients I could manage. Dratted allergies, if it is free of wheat, then it has corn in it. (Usually hidden as maltodextrin or dextrose or something)

And if it’s free of wheat and corn… then of course it has to have soy in it. Of course it does. Because, really, who in the world is allergic to all three. Me. All three and then some.

I still have to monkey around with the levels of this one, but it’s a winner. It good on sandwiches, salads, as a dip and I will probably use it in the place of sour cream.

Yes. It’s that good. And allergy free. YIPPEE!

Dip Mix

1/2 C rice milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
1 T basil flakes
3 T lemon juice (from a real actual lemon-not the fake stuff in a plastic lemon)
dash of sea salt
dash of white pepper
1/4 tsp xanthun gum (probably optional- or use 1 tsp of flour to thicken it up instead if you need to)
blend this together while slowly adding 1/2 C safflower oil
I added some chili powder for extra zip! oh my!