First things first. I was given a new brand of contacts and can actually get them in. Stop laughing at me! I know you were.
Second, I made friends! I think. On Saturday night the mister and I were invited to his coworker’s house to socialize, eat, and have fun.
Upon being invited, I immediately thought I had to make them cookies. But not just any cookies. These cookies. Something seasonal and magical.
But I only had a couple hours, so what did I do? I went to thegym (because you never know what’s going to be for dinner – yup, I’m that person). And I got all sweaty. And then I realized that I would have to take a shower. And blow dry my mile-long locks.
Ut-oh. There’s the understatement of the century. By the time I was done, I had all of 10 minutes to be in the car. I’m usually not that person who takes forever to get ready! I’m usually the one done in a snap!
But I had a bigger problem on my hands. My shirt. A got a cute new shirt at Anthropologie (jealous?). And I just had to wear a cute shirt. I just couldn’t figure out how to get it on! It was one of those with a weird back that has a twist and a decorative key-hole…one of those that’s impossible to get on if it’s not hanging on the hanger and everything already correctly in its place.
To make a long story short, after the mister stared at me like I was crazy for putting on and taking off the shirt a million times (the back isn’t right!), he ended up holding it like it was on the hanger and helping meget into it. No shirt should be so complicated. I had no idea!
Lesson? Don’t go to the gym when you know you have a dinner date looming. And don’t buy the complicated shirt.
Anyhoodle. No cookies for you. I made them the next day and let Steve take them to work instead. But they were so amazing that we both binged on them first. Really, you have to make them.
Maple Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
(makes 24-28 cookies)
1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup all purpose flour (I used a gluten-free flour blend)
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated Stevia (or sugar of your choice)
¼ cup coconut oil, melted (or melted butter)
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 Tbs. unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
¼ cup + 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. maple extract
½ tsp. cinnamon (I used King Arthur Flour Saigon Cinnamon)
½ cup chopped toasted pecans
~Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
~In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut flakes, flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and Stevia. Then, to the dry ingredients, add the coconut oil, yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup, maple extract, and cinnamon. Mix until the dough is combined. Finally, mix in the toasted pecans.
~Scoop the cookies onto your prepared baking sheet using a cookie scoop (mine is a 1.5 Tbs scoop) then flatten each dough mound with your hand. Bake for 18 min, until golden brown rotating them half way through. Let the cookies cool slightly on the pans before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!
Oh, PS. The dinner and evening went great! I only drink wine when I’m having fun, and I definitely had wine AND, my wonderful mister told them that simple and healthy is the way to go, and they were relieved because they eat the same way, so I didn’t even have to worry about dinner! Yay!