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July 13, 2017

 When you suddenly go vegan and give away 50 pounds of gourmet cheese and organic meat in one day, you need to give yourself a special gift to ease the pain.

 

My entire adult life I’ve wanted a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. And when I say wanted I mean coveted, dreamed about and longed for.  So many times I came close to investing in one, but I knew beyond any shadow of a doubt if I bought it, I would proceed to make cakes non-stop, except for when I was making cookies.  I told myself no over and over, and I’m glad I did.

 

But when I realized going vegan meant safely adding desserts back into my life, my first stop was the KitchenAid page on Amazon Prime. The Prime listing said if I ordered in the next hour and 40 minutes, I could have it that day. That day?? Sold…

 

So many colors, so little time – and then I saw it. The perfect color to end all colors – Sea Glass. It’s so beautiful I stop several times a day just to look at it. And, I’ve already used it twice to make the most amazing peanut butter cookie dough bites for family and friends. Recipe below.

 

(I do have to confess I made James come in and talk me out of the sparkly hot pink mixer. He did a good job.)

 

If you want one of these too, here's where to find it: 

 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Recipe by Angela Liddon in Oh She Glows Cookbook 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter

¼ cup pure maple syrup or other liquid sweetener

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup almond flour or almond meal

¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

2 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips

 

In high speed blender, blend the oats until a fine flour forms. Set aside.

 

In large bowl, combine the oil, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the almond flour, out flour, and salt and beat again until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

 

Roll the dough into small balls and place them on a plate lined with parchment paper.

Freeze the bites for 5 to 10 minutes, or until firm. Store in the freezer in a freezer bag for quick and easy snacks.

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