Living the solo girl in the city lifestyle has been quite an interesting experience. I find that some days my time is totally 100% consumed with work, homework and errands, then other days I am free as a bird. On the days where I have extra time I gravitate towards my kitchen. And by kitchen I mean my Costco-sized jar of peanut butter and all the carbs I can find. In fact, I think I spent all my free time in October stress-baking, followed by stress-eating the spoils.
When you live alone and you bake 3x a week it starts to pose a problem. I have now officially bribed every service worker in my apartment building with baked goods. Whatever remained I tried to ration out so as to still fit into my clothing. But my newly acquired five pounds of fluff equates to some good advice for you guys. As the holidays and baking season are upon us, I thought I would share a recap of all the Pinterest recipes I have tried recently and give you the skinny on which are worth making and which I would pass on next time around.
1.) Healthy No-Bake Cookies–
So when I read that these were “no-bake” cookies I assumed that meant I would simply add all ingredients to a bowl, form into cookies, and voila. Well, it did not. I did not have to use the actual oven, but I still needed to melt and mix ingredients in a saucepan on the stove. I also found that I needed to immediately freeze the cookies after scooping out the batter, otherwise they would just become runny and not form correctly. They became known as my freezer cookies because thats the only way I could figure out to store them. The taste was deifnitely there, but they weren’t quite as simple to make as the recipe suggested.
2.) Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies –
These cookies were pretty bomb. But if you’re not into peanut butter, than you probably
aren’t human would not enjoy these. They should be named PB & Chocolate Oatmeal cookies because the peanut butter force is strong in these ones. I have already made this recipe twice.
3. ) Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies–
So to be fair, I made the batter for these cookies and then froze it for a week before actually baking them. These came into my life at the point where I was trying to wean myself away from my oven and baking sheet. So I imagine if I made the cookies right away, they could have tasted even better. My one complaint about this recipe is that it calls for whole wheat flour and I feel like they would have turned out much better with white flour. Still, the carrot-y, cinnamon-y, oat-y and maple syrup-y flavor combo was a win.
4.) Pumpkin Chocolate Bars, Vegan/Gluten Free/Paleo –
These were kind of a dissapointment. You know how sometimes baked goods just taste too healthy, that would be these. I felt like I used a bunch of expensive, healthy ingredients and the end product was only mediocre. They weren’t bad, just not at all as pretty as the picture and definitely in need of a touch more sweetness. Like if I was craving a chocolate bar this might stave off the desire, but probably not for long.
5.) Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies, Grain-Free –
THESE. I have made this recipe at least three times now. They are so good, easy to make, and the batter does well being refridgerated for a while. I have been giving these cookies to my internship preceptors before my rotation performance reviews in hopes that they will, literally, butter them up a bit 😉 I think it is working because people have been requesting the recipe and –knock on wood- I have passed all my rotations so far! I like to go heavy on the walnuts in this recipe and a little light on either the coconut oil or butter, but not both. I plan on making these babies for my family this holiday season.
6.) Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola–
I should preface this by saying that I am biased because I really like my own recipe for homemade granola, but this pumpkin version was pretty darn good too. It takes a little more effort with melting/mixing ingredients stovetop prior to baking, but the end result is delicious. At first I thought it was just okay, but the more I ate it, the more addictive it became.
7.) Superhero Muffins–
I am not usually much for muffins, but the healthy ingredient list on this recipe had me curious. These muffins are made from almond flour, zucchini, carrots, oats, nuts, dried fruit, spices, eggs, butter and maple syrup for sweetness. They smell sooo good while they are baking. They taste even more delicious than they smell, but they tend to be a bit crumbly. I have made thise recipe twice now and the second time around I added in an extra egg white to try and hold the ingredients together a little better, that seemed to help a bit. Since one girl doesn’t need twelve muffins, I freeze the majority of them. Then I’ll thaw them out and warm them in the microwave for guests to have as breakfast. Works like a charm.
There you have it friends, October was a Pinterest-inspired carb fest. It was fun while it lasted, but now I am into a better groove here and back to my usual protein-touting ways. At least until Thanksgiving pecan pie comes along 😉
Thank you for reading – feel free to pass along links to any Pinterest winners in the comments seciton!