Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies {GF}

Hello all!

I apologize for the lack of blog posts recently. As my college graduation approaches, the amount of free time I have dwindles. But, I was reminded yesterday of a post that I had intended to write weeks ago, so here it is.

Recently, I attended my roommate’s bachelorette party. Everyone was asked to bring a snack or dessert, so I decided to bring gluten-free cookies. Trust me, these cookies do not taste gluten-free, and they were a huge hit at the party. Every single cookie was eaten, and there were no crumbs to be found!

Ingredients (makes about 48 cookies)

1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
3 cups rolled oats (certified GF)
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 oz chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter

Steps

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Combine sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a large bowl and beat until creamy.

3.  Add eggs, vanilla, and baking soda and mix well.

4.  Mix in peanut butter.

5.  Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

6.  Place the dough in heaping teaspoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

7.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly gold around the edges.

8.  Let cool and enjoy!

This is definitely a recipe that I will be using for a long time! I hope you like it as much as I do. I have found that gluten-free recipes that do not call for flour substitutes are the way to go. Plus, most of these ingredients you can already find in your own kitchen.

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Gluten-Free Easter Candy

Happy Easter Friends!

Today was a reminder that I have not even started to think of all the things in my life that must change to remain gluten-free. A holiday like Easter definitely keeps me in check. Considering I am a kid at heart, I really wanted an Easter basket to munch on. Thankfully, my mother did not disappoint. However, she did face the challenge of finding all gluten-free candies for me. Sorry Mom!

She got me Peeps, Cadbury eggs filled with caramel and chocolate, and Reese’s, which are all gluten-free options! She found that the hardest part of the process was finding a gluten-free bunny. We found out that most Easter bunnies are “manufactured in a facility that processes wheat.” As a Celiac, that is not an option. It was frustrating that all of Russell Stovers bunnies contained gluten, considering they make probably 90 percent of the Easter bunnies at Walmart.

After a long search, we found that the Snickers Peanut Butter bunny was gluten-free, so all ended well. To all my gluten-free eaters out there, remember that a normal life is possible. It just takes a little more effort!

Also, I hope all of my readers had a wonderful Easter, and I hope you have a great week ahead of you.