A-bel, thank you for the inspiring no-bake vegan cookie recipe and for introducing me to the Oh, Ladycakes blog! Was craving something sweet on Friday and just so happened to have the right stuff to make a lil riff on her most recent peanut butter cookies. Whipped up a batch quick (LOVE the one pot deal) and, to my chagrin, all the cookies were gone the next day. Made a double batch yesterday with some more alterations (a lil less sweetener, some coconut flakes) and at the moment, there are only 3 cookies left... Honestly, these cookies might be too good. I still have enough ingredients to make another round but I think maybe we need a break? (But I don't want a break!!)
This morning after an hour on the phone with my insurance company attempting to decode a bill (Anabel--remember how in college you once deemed computer science the "play thing of the devil"? Believe I've found a labor more loathsome...), I was in need of something seriously pleasant. Picked myself right back up with one of the final, precious vegan morsels + a lavender tea concoction that I'm pretty excited about.
I don't know if I've made it apparent in this space how much I adore the flavor of lavender but I do! I do! Last year, I perhaps went a tad overboard picking and drying lavender. Though I've used it a bunch--to make lavender mochi, lavender extract, and many a gift--I still have a pretty significant supply. Post insurance call, I found myself in need of both caffeine and de-stressing and decided to attempt brewing some newly acquired loose leaf green earl grey tea with a dash of dried lavender. Added a touch of honey and soy milk for a warm, soothing drink that helped the day turn right around (I'm actively not thinking about the eminent cookie shortage/withdrawal situation).
No-Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Bites
1/2 C coconut oil
1/3 C honey
1/4 C cocoa powder
1 C peanut butter
1 C thick rolled oats
1 C coconut flakes
Heat coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter in a pan over a lower heat until well mixed. Remove from heat and stir in oats, coconut flakes, and cocoa powder. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use a spoon to distribute and shape cookies. Set in fridge for approximately 15 minutes.
Lavender Green Earl Grey Honey Tea
1 tsp dried lavender
2 tsp tea of choice (green and or earl grey work well)
1/2 C boiling water
1/2 C milk of choice (heated)
honey to taste
Brew tea and lavender with half a cup or so of hot water. Add warmed milk (I just heated it on the stove top) and honey.