French Toast Morning

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For anyone wondering what the flourless peanut butter cookie recipe was, it was 1 cup peanut butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. I wasn’t particularly looking for making this vegan or with grains, but thanks for all the suggestions! I love finding and reading new reipes to try another day. Last night everything was set for It’s A Wonderful Life.

Christmas Tree And Fireplace

Of course there was one big party pooper.

Montana

It was past his bedtime, anyway. I decided to whip up a batch of my double chocolate pillows, except with white chocolate this time instead of regular chocolate chips, and earth balance butter spread instead of canola oil.

Double Chocolate Pillow Dough

I love the batter for this recipe! It’s so ridiculously thick, you think you’re doing something wrong but you’re not. You just need to work work work to get the flour mixed in. They came out pretty nice, though there were too many white chocolate chips and I think a tablespoon of them got stuck to the pan.

White Double Chocolate Pillows

Surprisingly, I wasn’t craving one when they came out. My mind was on another cookie.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie

These are like crack. I did a little history. Not going to lie–throwing my notebook into the fireplace crossed my mind once or twice, but I resisted. Towards the end of the night I was exhausted and just wanted to curl into bed with some peanut butter and chocolate.

Oatmeal With Earth Balance And Advent Chocolate

Endangered Species Milk Chocolate With Peanut Butter

The Earth Balance peanut butter was something like Smart Balance, but a little bit of a let down. If you’re looking for a more neutral taste but with the same health benefits, it’s probably a great buy. I, on the other hand, was hoping for a really flaxy funky flavor that Smart Balance has. The chocolate bar was the real let down. I had high hopes for it but–I can’t. I don’t want to think about it.

When I woke up this morning I knew it was a french toast morning. First up I wanted to start on something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

Oh Nuts! Almonds

Oh Nuts! sent me some almonds a while back. These things were huge! And smelt so fresh. They were also raw, so I decided to throw them in a 350 oven for 12 minutes to roast them. Then I melted together 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 tablespoon earth balance butter, vanilla powder and cinnamon and coated the almonds in that. Then I threw them back in the oven for 10 minutes or so to dry a bit.

French Toast Almonds

Voila. I haven’t tasted them yet, but they smelled delightful(and the bit of extra syrup I licked off my fingers was mighty fine, too). This also called for a french toast breakfast.

French Toast Oatmeal With Maple Syrup And Smart Balance Butter, Al Fresco Sausage Links, Breakfast Tea

This was all OK, but clearly if I wasn’t loving these sausages it meant my appetite was off. I haven’t ran in 2 days and I also haven’t gone to the bathroom in 2 days; directly associated? I think so. It’s made me not want anything. Ugh. All else I could tolerate was some very very dense calories.

Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Besides that, not much else special has happened. It was Sunday lunch with the family. Lunch? I really just wanted to find a treadmill and hopefully get things moving rather than put more food in. But I was also cranky, which meant I didn’t have enough food. I hate contradictions like that.

Fake Chicken Patty, Parsnips, Sweet Potato, Roasted Broccoli, Ketchup

I honestly don’t know how I got this all in(sans the ketchup bottle). The chicken patty was much better baked than the last tie I had them microwaved. And the sweet potato was just calling me with it’s roasted aroma. But now it feels like sitting is discomfortable. I’ve asked to leave to get back on campus a little earlier than usual so I can hopefully hit the gym before doing some intense work on my Latin final paper; now that I have a direction, I’m excited to just work and finish it!

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  1. Katie 13. Dec, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    French Toast Almonds sound SO good!

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  2. Kristie Lynn 13. Dec, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    I’ve never seen Earth Balance pb – and have seen the Smart Balance but never tried it. Sorry it was a let down though. I can’t believe the chocolate with peanut butter didn’t work out – like really, I didn’t think it was possible for that combo to not work! ;) Hope you get your run in soon.

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  3. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 13. Dec, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    French toast almonds sound amazing!!! I never thought to make them sweet like that! I have made sweet and spicey pecans before for salads which are Amaaazingggg

    hopefully you made it to the gym before your big paper!

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  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) 13. Dec, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    The French Toast Almonds sound amazing! I admit, I am not a huge roasted nut person. Well, ok I love them. But my hubs truly is a crackhead for roasted/flavored nuts. I could pretty much get anything I wanted if I made these for him….Hmmm. Thanks for the idea :)

    I have done almonds with Coconut oil and cinna/sugar mixture but never maple b/c I was scared about it burning/carmelizing b4 the nuts were really roasted. Anyway, glad to know 12 mins at 350 and a little earth balance is all i need!

    Thx for the Smart & Earth balance PB info. My brain isn’t what it used to be. I can never keep those 2 brands straight LOL

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  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) 13. Dec, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    p.s. new giveaway just started minutes ago in case you’re interested. I am all over your Tru Whip one!

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  6. marathonmaiden 13. Dec, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    no running in 2 days?! i’d be going crazy too. go run! haha

    good luck with the studying. and i feel you with the notes in a fire thing: i think a notes burning session is in order for me soon :)

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  7. VeggieGirl 13. Dec, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Looove your decorations!!

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  8. Errign 13. Dec, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Hope you have a safe drive back to school! & good luck with finals in the upcoming week :)

    atleast you’ve tons of yummy eats & cookies to get you through :)

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  9. Jocelyn 13. Dec, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    the cookies look amazing! yum yum! Hope you feel better soon

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  10. Jenny 13. Dec, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    now I know what i’m going to be doing with the 4829890 million pound bag of almonds I just bought,,, costco rocks ;)

    good luck on your paper!

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  11. Abby 13. Dec, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    Your tree and fireplace look sooo homey!!
    Kick some butt with that paper :)

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  12. Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) 13. Dec, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Mmmm…french toast almonds sound delish! Love it! :D

    Best of luck on the Latin paper! The semester is almost over! :D

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  13. Ada 13. Dec, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Holy amazingness, those cookies look out of control! Perfect study fuel:)

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  14. Lynn at The Actors Diet 13. Dec, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    so many wonderful goodies! those flourless cookies are on my radar!!!

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  15. ksgoodeats 14. Dec, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    I’ve always wanted to burn my notes after finals but I never have. Oddly enough, I still have some of them (like from freshman year of college)! French toast oatmeal? YUM!

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