Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a happy weekend. Here in Tennessee, Spring has come with flowers, sunshine and birds chirping. Just what I needed! I am sorry I have not posted any new recipes for awhile, I have had a lot going one! As I wrote about before my 10 year old had the worst stomach pain for months and we finally figured out, after many many Doctor visits, that he has Celiac disease. Since this is a genetic disease, our whole family was tested. It turns out that my 7 year old has it too. The same little guy that has been having such trouble with his heart the last few months. Poor guy! The good new is we are headed up to Vanderbilt later this week for a second try at a procedure that will fix his heart once and for all, we hope! When we get that behind us I plan to really jump into Gluten Free cooking and baking because, let me tell you the pre-made packaged GF items are very expensive!! We will be adding a new Gluten Free section to our recipe index and posting all our family favorites there. I have to admit, this has been overwhelming for me, since I love bread and baking, but luckily there are some great resources and products out there. This last week we tried our first homemade GF cookies. If you can’t have gluten, just be sure to use gluten free certified oats–crazy but I learned that most oats test positive for gluten. Anyway, these cookies were yummy! I am usually not a fan of no bake cookies but my friend Gloria brought these to our choir practice a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed! These are not your average no bake cookies:) They are really taken up a notch with the Special Dark cocoa powder, toasted pecans and coconut! Yum! Whether you are gluten free or not, you are going to love these little treats! Also, if you eat gluten free, I would LOVE to get your favorite recipes, cookbooks, products etc. I am SO grateful for any advice right now!! Thank you so much:)
- 3 cups old fashioned oats (or quick-cooking rolled oats, if you prefer)
- ⅓ cup tablespoons unsweetened Speical Dark or Dutch Process cocoa
- ½ cup chopped nuts (I like toasted pecans)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup (1/4 lb.) butter
- In a bowl combine the oats, cocoa, nuts and coconut. In a pan, put sugar, milk, and butter. Bring just to a boil, stirring to combine. Pour over the rolled oats mixture. Mix lightly until blended.
- Drop from a teaspoon onto waxed paper or foil. let stand until firm, about 10 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies. I use a very small cookie scoop.