Tuesday, May 6, 2014

chocolate chunk banana oat cookies {gf,v}

Hi lovelies. I have a delicious little recipe for ya'll today. We have a friend with a nut allergy, and I've come to realize that I rely fairly heavily on almond flour in my gluten free and vegan baking. So I thought I'd experiment with a nut free cookie recipe. But as I started baking, I had a little mini panic attack as I was stirring in all the coconut...is coconut a nut? it has "nut" in the name. it must be. ugh. or is it a fruit? 
or a nut? or a fruit?

Before my head exploded, I did a little research and found those allergic to tree nuts are in the clear with coconut. Apparently coconuts are a drupe -- a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed (like a peach or olive). It is possible to be allergic to coconut, but the cross reactivity for those with tree nut allergies is very rare. phew. So eat up my gluten sensitive, vegan, nut allergy friends. 
Eat up and enjoy worry free.

chocolate chunk banana oat cookies
{gluten free, vegan, nut free}

*2 cups gluten free quick oats
*1/4 tsp salt
*1 tsp baking powder
*1 cup shredded coconut
*1/3 cup melted coconut oil
*2 tbsp agave
*1 tsp vanilla
*2 over ripe bananas, mashed
*1 cup vegan chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Mix the oats, salt, baking powder, and shredded coconut in a large bowl and set aside.
3. In another bowl, mix the oil, agave, vanilla, and bananas.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold in chocolate chips. Don't over mix.
5. Drop batter by spoonful onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until edges brown.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack.

Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. Makes 20-24 cookies.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

dog bed end table

hello friends. How's everyone's Spring shaping up? Things have been busy busy over here. We are in the process of getting our house ready to sell so we can move out to the country. We are beyond excited. It's time for this couple to ditch city living and stretch our legs on a few acres outside of town. So we've been doing some heavy duty cleaning, painting, and lots of purging/organizing. 
Feels sooo good.

I've been wanting to get rid of Molly's kennel that's been parked in our bonus room since we moved in 8 years ago. {see below}
{cute dog, not so cute kennel}

But she loves tight little spaces to snooze in, so I've been stalking local antique stores and Craig's List for an end table that could double as her cozy cave. Last week I finally scored! Got this cute little table for $40, slapped some Annie Sloan chalk paint on it, and it was good to go. And now with all the upcoming house showings, we can close the doors and keep everything looking extra tidy. 
Extra tidiness makes momma extra happy.