Homemade Coffee Shop

May 7, 2011 at 7:20 am 2 comments

So many things that I love in this post: peanut butter, made-over cookies, coffee, Mother’s Day surprises… get excited! After I am done with this post, I am going to make my kitchen table into my very own coffee shop, with Oatmeal PB cookies and stove-top cafe au-lait on hand. Should make a studious Saturday morning much more enjoyable.

Peanut butter might possibly be my favorite treat, and I absolutely loved peanut butter cookies growing up. I remember a recipe in an old church cookbook that made the best, fluffiest, and greasiest PB cookies ever. Your hands would glisten by the time you were rolling them out, so much so that you had to wash them to even grip the fork to make the classic criss cross pattern in them. Inspired by the success of my oatmeal raisin cookies, I wanted to try my hand at another classic (recipe is at the end of the post). I used some ground flax seed (best done in a spice mill or coffee grinder) to add some good omega-3’s, used apple sauce for moisture instead of eggs to reduce cholesterol, and cut way back on the sugar. In the end, the flavor is pretty earthy thanks to the oatmeal and flax, but still has enough of a hint of sweetness and peanut butter to go perfectly with coffee or a tall glass of milk (my new found favorite is almond milk!) If you aren’t quite feeling an earthy cookie dessert, you could also bake these into bar shapes for an excellent on-the-go snack. Or if you want another twist, try dipping them in melted chocolate!

Coffee might be my second favorite treat. My family has a huge coffee culture – get all of us together and we have a pot going after most meals while we sit around the table and solve the problems of the world. Like my mom’s side of the family, I usually prefer my coffee black, but every once in a while I too get a craving for the steamed milk goodness of a coffee shop treat. However, my wallet is not always so fond of these $4 coffee cravings, so I have learned how to make steamed milk myself! I don’t have an espresso machine and so can’t quite replicate a latte or cappucino, but cafe au lait comes in pretty close! It is pretty easy. Just take about 1/3 cup of the milk of your preference and put it in a small saucepan over the stove. Using an immersion blender, slowly froth the milk while it begins to heat. Blend until the milk is as foamy as you like, and then add to your favorite brewed coffee.

Nothing like a little steamed milk to perk up that home brew. (PS: this is a perfect addition to anyone surprising their mom with breakfast in bed! Really simple, but with impressive results!)

Question: What are you doing for Mother’s Day?

Vegan Oatmeal PB Cookies

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/4 cup brown sugar (may want to add more if you like your cookies sweeter)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 tsp vanilla

1 mashed banana

2 tsp agave nectar or honey

1 cup peanut butter (use crunchy if you want some extra texture!)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl, and all wet ingredients (including peanut butter) in a separate bowl. Add wet mixture to dry mixture slowly. At the end, it may be easiest to use a spatula or your hands to get all ingredients well incorporated. If dough looks dry, add a splash of almond (or your preferred type) milk. Roll into small balls and place on a cookie tray lightly coated with cooking spray. Press cookies down with a fork to create classic criss cross pattern. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly brown.


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Learning to stretch as a runner Happy Mother’s Day!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. goingsteadyblog  |  October 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Genius use of the immersion blender.

    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  October 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks! Try it out! Fun and cheaper alternative to a coffee house latte


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