RAINY DAY OATMEAL COOKIES.

Sometimes, I forget what this space is for. Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. Sometimes I feel like I should start a little business selling snacks, or body products and write about my process. Sometimes we go on adventures and I don’t write a blog post about them. Sometimes I make things and I don’t document them. Sometimes I feel like I am not good at this blog thing. Sometimes I feel like my sister is the only one who I am talking to (and really who cares if she is, Hi Ry!). But really, come on. This is where I document some really good things we ate. Some really fun projects we did. It’s for tidbits of our days. I don’t want my whole everything poured out onto an internet page, I still want some of it just for us. But how come sometimes we are so hard on ourselves? “I’m not doing this right.” Nobody makes rules for this type of thing, or should make rules! It’s whatever I want it to be. And for now, this is just perfect. And I guess I just needed to remind myself of that.

My daughter ate these cookies as a snack. I didn’t even break them up into pieces, I just gave her a whole cookie. She took little bites of it until it was gone. This probably seems pretty normal, like how most people eat cookies. But the thing is, my baby is maybe not a baby anymore, and it’s kind of blowing my mind every day. Like she eats what we eat. When did that happen? She walks now. She says so many adorable things. And I feel like at the end of the day I should sit down and write all the things she did that day. It’s just amazing how much babe’s pick up on, and how much they learn. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. I don’t want to forget any of this. I don’t want to forget that two days ago she fell asleep holding a pinecone and when I put her in her chair after her nap for a snack, she was still gripping the pinecone. Or the time when she emptied her closet and brought her shoes, one by one, to the kitchen to show her Papa. And today, just this morning she was helping me unload the dryer and took out one of my thongs and put in on like a necklace. I took it off of her and she just put it on again. Really quite proud of her bling. She is so sweet I can’t even believe she grew in my belly, I can’t even believe that I am her Mama. It’s all very cool.

I feel like every time I write a post I mention the weather. I didn’t realize how big of an impact it had on what we ate, but it definitely does. This summer, we’ve mostly been eating random bowls of vegetables, lots of fish, toast with tomatoes, bowls of berries. It’s been a hot summer. We are avoiding the stove and the oven at all costs. And we’ve been eating pretty simply. Which is not a bad thing at all, it’s nice and refreshing. But I find myself looking forward to rainy days so I can turn on the oven and bake. Maybe some sweet potato fries, maybe some muffins or how’s about some really good oatmeal cookies? Whenever I crave cookies 9 times out of 10 I want oatmeal cookies, sometimes with chocolate but mostly just sweet hearty satisfying little rainy day hunnies.

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Rainy Day Oatmeal Cookies
My first version of Earthsprout’s Pantry Party Cookies

Ingredients:
1 banana
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup coconut
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup walnuts
½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup dates
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pink himalayan salt

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 and parchment a baking sheet.
2. Mix up the banana, coconut oil and maple syrup with a potato masher.
3. In a food processor mix the other 5 ingredients.
4. Add the mix to the wet banana mash.
5. Add the nutritional yeast, vanilla and salt.
6. Form into cookies.
7. Cook for 15 minutes.

* These are sweet. Must consume with a cold glass of almond milk. Speaking of which, one of my posts (Almond Milk Made By You) is featured on the Oh Baby Nutrition blog. Now that’s like kind of cool hey? Maybe my sister isn’t the only one reading this… (Hi, Carley!)

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