Thursday, November 18, 2010

Super great cookies.

Dairy and my digestive system don't get along all that well.  (bet you wanted to hear that, huh?) So, I've been trying to make some changes.  We currently drink lactose-free milk which helps all of us (and yes, all you raw milk drinkers, I've heard it helps.  I'll buy into it someday.)  But I'm starting to notice some other dairy foods make me free pretty awful.  So begins the elimination of dairy journey.  Super fun, huh?

I found this blog, Oh She Glows.  Most of her recipes are vegan and at first, sound a bit strange. But, I wanted to try a few a see what they were like.

First, I tried the Pumpkin Pie Banana chunk oatmeal cookies.  So good!  Everyone devoured these.  They are like a breakfast cookie.
Note: don't put them in a ziploc bag.  They will get really soft.  The counter makes them a great consistency.

Here's my modified recipe: (I omitted the banana, I didn't have any on hand)

1 Flax ‘egg’ (2 tsp. ground flaxseed + 2 tablespoons water)
1 cup regular oats
1 cup Barley flour (or whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (just got a sweet deal on Amazon)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375F. Mix flax egg in a small bowl and set aside. Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside. Mix wet ingredients in a small to medium sized bowl and then add flax egg. Stir. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir well and shape cookies onto a pan. Makes 12 large cookies. Cook for 13 minutes at 375F.

Then I tried the Pumpkin Pie Monster smoothie.  The almond milk is taking some adjustment and the kids definitely didn't like it and Dave would even look at it b/c his face once got shoved into a pumpkin pie and it makes him dry heave now.  But I managed to get it down.

Some have mentioned using tablets to help ease the dairy intolerance, but I'd rather just adjust my eating so that I don't have to take a tablet before every meal that includes a dairy product.  I'm eating more vegetables and fruit as a result which is a great thing for a former vegetable hater.

I've really enjoyed following Oh She Glows.  I love that she has worked through her negative relationship with food and has arrived loving to cook and work out.  Something I'm aspiring too.

*And just to tack this on because I just read it, we're totally doing the "day" thing (you have to read it).  And I'm going to be fun!!!


Hoover Family said...

We do raw milk, and I was scared at first too, but if you know where you are getting from, its much healthier then pasteurized/homogenized milk.

Coconut milk is supposed to be really good for you also. Its super easy to make icecream with it too!

Hoover Family said...

Oh another nutritious milk is hemp milk

amanda said...

you have never led me wrong on past recipes...i might just have to try these!

Hoover Family said...

Just wanted to add, look into goat's milk. That is what I had Benjamin on before he was able to drink regular milk.