Mar 192011

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the

Delicious Living July 2010,  page 35 (revised).

I took it upon myself to revise the recipe directions so that it was easier to understand.

Dry ingredients

1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 scant teaspoon sea salt

Wet ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup unrefined brown sugar
1 large egg

How to prep and bake

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread coconut on a baking sheet  and cook until lightly golden, 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool.

2. Make the oat meal mixture (combine oats, chocolate chips and coconut in a medium bowl) and the flour mixture (sift together flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl).

3. In another large bowl, beat oil, vanilla and sugar on low speed. Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture just until smooth. Do not over mix. Stir in oat mixture just until combined.

4. Drop tablespoons of dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.

5. Bake for 5-7 minutes rotate pan and bake another 5-7 minutes until cookie edges and centers are uniformly firm.

For chewier cookies, remove from oven when edges are set and centers are soft.

6. Cool 5 minutes; then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Seat and enjoy cookies when they are still warm. Enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of tea!

Now, that is what I call a scrumplicious treat.

Oct 082009

Nutritious Peanuts.

I love peanuts. They are nutty and full of flavour. I like the kind that have no sugar or salt added. Just the pure taste of peanut. When we were young, my parents bought raw peanuts. Yes raw… and then we fried them in hot oil and enjoyed. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered this peanut bag at the State Fair. It’s from Valley View Pecan Company
The label on the bag:

Hot and Spicy Peanuts.

Ingredients: peanuts, vegetable oil, salt and spices.

Real simple. Took me back to the good ol’ times. I could not resist. I bought them on the spot.

Now compare this with the heavy weight branded and well known,

Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts.

Ingredients: Peanuts, sea salt, sugar, cornstarch, monosodium glutamate, gelatin, dried yeast, corn syrup solids, paprika, onion and garlic powders, spices, natural flavor.

Whew! I ran out of breath just saying that.

So which do you think I’m eating now…. the great Planter’s brand or my local brand of peanuts.. you guess……

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