I might have enjoyed these the most out of the people who shared them with me, but that’s ok. I enjoy oats in baked goods (even if I don’t enjoy them as oatmeal) and I know some people don’t. These bars can be made with lots of kinds of fruit, but at the time I made them, strawberries were amazing and perfect. You can even use jam if you want. I think next time I might try adding more fruit to see how it goes since there was a lot of dough in the dough to fruit ratio (for me).
I feel like I do so much cooking and baking now since the Chiplet was born. Especially this time of year…I have his birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and regular cooking. On top of that, the Chiplet can’t always eat the same stuff we do so I have to make extra meals. Sometimes it is because he is still growing his teeth and sometimes because of his allergies. So, when I see recipes I can adapt for him that are easy, I take advantage.
Continuing with my oats theme, here is another cookie I made to up my oats intake, but still satisfying my cookie needs. 🙂 You could play around with this recipe and add nuts or other mix-ins you like. If you add nuts, and if they are salted, I would cut back on the salt a bit. I would think adding dried fruit would also be tasty in this. Or other kinds of chips, like butterscotch, etc. And in typing chips…I wonder about adding potato chips, like with these cookies!?
When you are breastfeeding, there are lots of challenges. From learning how to hold your baby, getting him to latch properly, working around any pain, being tired, having enough milk or too much milk, and the final biggie: feeling hungry ALL the TIME. Seriously. I can go from feeling satisfied to full on starving in a minute. You are supposed to eat extra calories, but it’s hard to fit in even the normal calories with a baby needing all of your attention. People talk about lactation cookies, which are essentially cookies with a bunch of ingredients that are supposed to help with milk production. They’re also supposed to make you happy because hey! You get to eat cookies! But they don’t sound very good to me, and they also contain ingredients that I don’t have the time to get. Brewer’s yeast? Flax seeds? Not normal ingredients for me to have around. But oats? Yes, those I have. Soooo, I decided to make my own “lactation” cookies.
Breathe a sigh of relief! After making the latest batch of brownies for my dad, I am officially back in chocolate craving mood. Not a pregnancy craving, just straight up normal Aly eating. Yay! I knew I wanted something chocolatey but could not tell what I was in the mood for. I thought about buying some more ice cream bars (they had been my favorite treat at night to help with the nausea, satisfy my dairy cravings, and just general happiness), but then realized I wanted something I could really bite into and chew.