Well, I’ve gotta say—the super-charge me cookies from ED&BV are JUST AS GOOD as the amazing chocolate peanut butter ones I made a couple weeks ago. Seriously, these things are freakin’ awesome…and the best part is that they really are seriously healthy! Only 2 tbsp of canola oil and no white sugar or flour at all in the entire recipe! Granted, I took the liberty of adding dark chocolate chips 😉 but they still really are a great, healthy snack. The recipe called for quick oats but I used multigrain cereal and it worked perfectly. I also forgot to add salt. Oops. Couldn’t taste the difference though! I just ate 2 of them—I should know!
Anyways~ this afternoon I didn’t get to lay in the sun but I did get a lot done…and I went shopping! Bad, bad jenna….I totally cannot afford to go shopping right now and I made a huge mistake to walk into Urban Outfitters today! I walked out with a sundress, a tank top and a new purse! This was the first time I’ve been shopping for clothes though in about 6 months so I guess it’s forgiven. I thought it was funny when I asked the girl at urban if this purse was leather (hoping it wasn’t but it def. looks like it!) and she looked at it, sniffed it, then said “no, its not. Animal skin has pores in it and this is pore-free”. Thinking about holding onto animal skin with pores sort of made me want to gag!
I snacked on a vanilla soy yogurt today and some grapes before hitting the gym. The yogurt was interesting. It wasn’t bad…it wasn’t great…I’m not sure what it was to be honest. I think it would be better with pb granola on it, but what wouldn’t be better that way?! It fueled me for a great upper body workout though (10 minutes on the stairmaster doing intervals to warm up then pushups, various arm machines and abs for 30 minutes) and kept me going until dinnertime.
Speaking of dinnertime! I had been planning all week to get take out from somewhere tonight because I have nothing in my pantry to make and I’m just plain pooped. I was going to get sushi but then I decided instead to hit up Dandelion again, this time to try out their famous “Giddyup” salad. Basically it was your normal taco salad with lettuce, tomatoes, blue corn chips and topped with a totally wonderful chili. I got a side of their “Goddess” dressing to drizzle on top and that was the kicker. I started eating this dressing with my fork it was so tasty! I really liked the salad too but there just wasn’t enough chili for me. I was still hungry and also ate the little container of hemp hummus they give you with your meal. It was awesome—I just want more of it! I think next time I will try it in a wrap, which seemed to be the more popular way to get it. I had a glass of my red wine with dinner and had the entire thing outside on my balcony, picnic-style.
Like I said, I just polished off two of my cookies. Seriously–buy this book and make these. Healthy AND tasty…the perfect dessert!
Cookie Troubleshooting: I’ve been hearing things from yall that you are baking cookies and they are turning out dry. Here’s my take on that: I always make smaller cookies than what the recipe calls for. This recipe said it produced 11 cookies and I made 20. Therefore, I baked them for 10 minutes, which is under the recommended cooking time. Since there isn’t any dairy or eggs in the cookie, they don’t need to be baked for as long and also WILL dry out if you bake them for too long. I baked my chocolate peanut butter cookies for 10 minutes also and didn’t have a problem at all. Main point: if you are baking vegan cookies and are unsure if they are done or not—PULL THEM OUT! They will carry-over cook on the cookie sheet even after they are out of the oven. This should solve any dry cookie issues!
I’m off to go put a face mask on and chill in a bubble bath…….then make tea and read my new book. Yes, I am apparently 65 years old but I know all you “cool kids” out there secretly think this is a pretty hip way to spend a Friday night. Peace.