Cookies Without Baking

more peanut butter goodness

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In high school I had a meeting to go to that included a pot luck sort of thing. Mom and Dad couldn’t go so I went by myself. Mom left it up to me to decide what to make, make it and get it there. So, I decided on peanut butter crunch cookies.

You almost always have everything you need for these cookies in the house. That makes it easy to make it as a spontaneous treat. The initial part where you boil the sugar, butter and milk isn’t as fussy as candy or fudge making but make sure you time it. Stir in the peanut butter just until well mixed, don’t let it get cool. Then add the rest and start portioning them out. Even though the recipe calls for crunchy peanut butter, I have always made it with creamy peanut butter. There’s enough texture in these with the oats. And, portioning these would go a lot easier with a small scoop if you have one.

At one point I decided I wanted a different taste, so I added a rounded tablespoon of cocoa powder to it. Add it in just after boiling, stir just a bit, then add your peanut butter and finish up like usual. It’s a nice change in taste. You could probably change the peanut butter to any favorite nut butter you like, maybe change the vanilla to almond, or add a bit of both. Make it once to see how the recipe works, then just make it your own.

If It’s Oatmeal, It’s Healthy, Right?

I like oatmeal, for breakfast and in cake

Now that I’m working on getting healthy one of my favorite breakfasts is a bowl of oatmeal. There’s a lot of different things you can do with oatmeal, you never have to eat the same thing twice in one week. And you can make it taste sweet without adding sugars, which is why it’s starring regularly in my breakfast bowl.

Most of the time I’ve been pretty good at keeping my food in the low carb category, but sometimes I get cravings. The big problem is when those cravings are for something sweet. Generally, fruit will satisfy me. As I have gotten used to eating this way I’m finding that there are a lot of ways to get a taste of sweetness without resorting to processed sugars. I’ve also found that when I make sure to flavor my food with spices and/or herbs I get less cravings and I am more satisfied with the smaller portions I eat.

However, I’m having a problem. And that problem is my mom’s oatmeal cake. I’ve been able to resist a lot of my mom’s recipes but this one keeps calling me. This cake is moist, a little buttery, and has that almost caramel taste that comes from brown sugar. I’m going to need to make this pretty soon to keep my sanity. I have two choices to help me keep my sugar readings relatively low. Either I keep the recipe as it is and instead of cake, make it into mini muffins(pre-portioned already, easier to just have a small amount) or I need to experiment with cutting back on the sugar. I don’t want to use a sugar substitute, that never tastes right to me and ends up making me want real sugar instead. I think a lot of recipes we make can have the sugar cut back and still taste very good. I believe this is another recipe I need to experiment with.