Monday, September 20, 2010

Sugar Coma

On Saturday my best friend got married to her boyfriend of almost ten years, Rob. CONGRATS TO BOTH OF YOU!!!! Their wedding was not only beautiful, but it was a blast. Everything was perfect and Cathy looked amazing, as always. Many of you know that my favorite part of any wedding is the cake.

This one was very simple, with all white frosting and the only decorations were the little flowers on the side. I thought it looked perfect. But how about the taste? Out of this world.

I believe they kept the cake simple because they knew the most popular dessert (for most people...) would be the freshly baked pies.

I could have eaten this entire pie by myself. It was the best pecan pie I have ever tasted. The best part about it was the thin layer of chocolate on the bottom. I was in heaven eating this.

Throughout the entire night (on top of several glasses of white wine) I ate: 1 piece of wedding cake, almost two entire pieces of pie (pecan and apple) and a Snicker bar. Gross Gina. Talk about a serious binge! Am I mad at myself? Heck no. I don't ever do that, so who cares?! Not me. It all tasted wonderful. Don't ask about the Snicker bar....Nick and I got a hotel that night and rated the vending machines, as if we had been deprived of sugar or something...

Keeping on the theme of "desserts", today I wanted to share with you a new cookie recipe. Evan posted this "Chunky Monkey Nut Butter Oatie recipe several weeks ago, which I just had to try myself. I was glad I did because before making these cookies I had no idea just how easy it was to make oat flour. Seriously, check this out!

All I did was add the oats to my Magic Bullet and turn it on for about 30 seconds. It's just like regular flour you would buy at the store! I think I could make pizza with this stuff....what do you think?!

I started this recipe with intentions to follow Evan's recipe ~99% (I knew I wasn't going to use honey, because it's not something I can eat on my low FODMAP diet). As is typical with me, I ended up modifying the recipe to a much greater extent than I had planned (and not on purpose....). Here is my completely modified recipe for Evan's "Chunky Monkey Nut Butter Oaties;


1/2 cup oatmeal

6 T peanut butter (I used Soy butter and Smucker's all natural peanut butter)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 T Splenda brown sugar (or 4 T regular brown sugar)

2 T molasses

2T water

1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t salt

~1/4 t baking soda


1. With a food processor or Magic Bullet, create a flour out of your oats (see my picture above).

2. Add the peanut butter, brown sugar, molasses, and water to the oat flour, then mix it all up.

3. Blend in the salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.

4. Add the almonds.

5. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet with a piece of foil or wax paper on top.

6. Bake at 325 for ~20 minutes (times may vary!)

Yes, these were delicious, with 170 calories of pure healthy goodness (ok, aside from the molasses and brown sugar....). Thanks for the inspiration, Evan!

Question: What's your favorite type of cookie? Have you tried soy butter yet? If not, check out my post to read all about it.


  1. Yums a wedding that has cake AND pie?!?!?! she would be my bestfriend too!!!! And good for you for no feeling are one of the healthiest chicas I know and mostly because you allow yourself treats in moderation

  2. WOW im so excited for these little oaties!!! well i shouldnt say little since they so fabulous <3 ive been going MAD with the baking lately and im no doubt impressed with this recipe!!! <3


  3. hahahaha... love the sugar comma!!! :D It means you've indulged a little bit and enjoyed it fully! I would do the same to the bread basket!
    those oaties look fantastic, I love how much fatty ingredients they have! Fat is good for our body and our mind! Lately I find all the fatless cookies/crakers boring and tasteless. :)

  4. mmm yumm Gina, yumm.

    Moving on.. we went to a wedding in August that also featured pies! It was super cute and tasty :)

  5. sounds like it was a fun (and delicious) wedding!

  6. hahahaha if it makes you feel better (not that you were feeling bad haha) i was on a sugar binge coma on friday after eating an entire chocolate (HUGE BAR) at 3am while sitting in dead traffic due to tornadoes that ripped through long island haha. so i entertained myself with dark chocolate. i dont think i would have had such bad heart burn if i didnt go to bed 2 hours later haha. oh well it got me through the 3 hours of dead stop no movement right!

    i heart weddings and weddings with pies? doesnt get better then that.

  7. OH, I love the idea of keeping the cake simple (but tasty) and then having a whole bunch of pies. I'll keep this in mind for my future wedding! Some apple pie would definitely be in store.

    Those chunky monkey nut butter oaties sound delish too. I'd have to go with the brown sugar. I think it would add a great touch along with the molasses. Anything with peanut butter is a hit for me. I'll have to give this a try.

  8. i think i definitely prefer pie over cake, unless it is really really good cake. i completely agree with you...i wouldn't even feel bad about eating both on the same night! that's why we eat healthfully most of the time! :-)

    evan's cookies look really good! i'm glad you could modify them to fit into your fodmaps diet, too!

  9. YUM - I love your granola, so I'll have to give these a try too :)

  10. I'm glad you liked them! I'm surprised they stayed together without the banana as a binder. Who knew?!

  11. Sounds like an awesomely delicious night! The snickers bar part made me laugh...I was imagining it being served next to the fancy cakes and pies until you mentioned the hotel :)

  12. i would've been all over that pecan pie too! sometimes you gotta indulge, i think the occassion called for it :)

    i'm not much of a cookie person, although my muffins tend to resemble cookies. (haha...i'm not much of a baker.) anything with chocolate makes me happy :)

  13. Wow those look delicious! I love all kinds of cookies...choc. chip, p.b., oatmeal, you name it I will probably eat it :)

  14. oh no worries isn't that weddings are for lol

  15. I love the pie AND cake, yum.

    I also love that you and Nick raided the vending machines after having cake and pie. You are both awesome. I'm glad you are not mad about it either because its a good story, and like you said, you never do that!

  16. Wedding cake is one of my favorite food groups!! I only attended one wedding this year and the cake was a BIG disappointment so I'm jonesin' for a good piece of cake!

    I might just have to "settle" (HA!) for those cookies!!

  17. I've been on a baking binge this week since the weather turned a little cooler. I'll have to bookmark this one and try oat flour.

  18. Hey gina! Sounds like the wedding was a blast and the desserts looked amazing. I don't blame you for indulging!!

    Those cookies look great! I love anything oats and nut butter!

  19. Oh my gosh....pecan pie with a layer of chocolate!? My mom has been holding out on me all of these years. Pecan pie my favorite! I love pumpkin pie, but it doesn't hold a candle to pecan! YUM! The wedding sounds like such a blast, and the cake is lovely.

    I never knew how to make oat flour. Guess that makes me pretty dense! I'm going to have to try that...doesn't get any easier!

  20. Glad you had a nice time at the wedding! Pies are my weakness..especially pumpkin. It is hard to stop at one piece.
    These cookies look delicious. On the topic of pumpkin, pumpkin cookies are quite delicious!

  21. So cool that they had pie at their wedding! Yum!

    Oat flour is definitely so easy to make! I used the Magic Bullet to make it as well!

    The cookies look really good! I'll need to make some of those! My favorite cookies are oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies! So good!

  22. I love that they did fresh baked pies and kept the cake simple. Sounds like you enjoyed the sweets and managed to have your body trick you into a candy bar to top it off. I am so glad you enjoyed the wedding and had fun.

  23. My favorite cookie of all time would be oatmeal chocolate chip. However, that pie sounds amazing! I love that you share a night of deserts with everyone. People need to know that health professionals are real normal eating people too (which is guess is the main point of your blog). =)

  24. I believe a cookie isn't a cookie unless it has chocolate! LOL
    I will bypass the soynut butter because I need to be cutting back on my soy intake, but I will use it when I teach my cooking class at my local schools (peanut butter is forbidden because of possible allergies)

  25. I'm not much of a cookie fan, but I do like buttery, crumbly ones. Biscotti is lovely.

    Congrats to your friend!! I love the idea of toning down on the cake to highlight the taste instead, and then bringing in all those amazing pies. Most wedding cakes just look good, but because of all the fancy touches, taste crappy.

  26. Love that they pie at the wedding!!!

    I had no idea that oat flour was so easy to make. I'm a big cookie fan so thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  27. I love weddings! They never get old!