Each time I head home to Minnesota, my mamasita goes out of her way to have gluten-free treats waiting.
This time was no exception — and she outdid herself by taking a family favorite cookie recipe (Grandma G’s Monster Cookies) and made them into bars.
Easier. Less work. More time to sip coffee together. (or White Russians with coffee cubes)
Make them with your mama. Surprise your honey with them. Take some to a neighbor as a random act of kindness.
And speaking of kindness… can we cut the food judging already? Whether you live free from gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, corn, or any other intolerance or preference (vegan, paleo, no food dyes, etc) can we just let that be? Can we pretty please lay off the negative comments on bloggers’ pages and sites judging their (FREE!) recipes and photos? Eat how you eat for you and your family right now at this moment in time and let that be enough. Let others do the same. Fight the urge to start typing a comment before you stop to think, “this isn’t how I choose to eat, but how would I feel if MY mama made me a special treat and random strangers felt the need to criticize it?” If you still feel like typing that comment? Just don’t. Be kind.
And make these bars for breakfast, dessert, or any time that makes you happy. Add less sugar or more chocolate — I won’t judge. 😉
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar (coconut sugar will work too)
1/2 cup brown sugar (experiment with less sugar if you’d like)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&M’s (mini, regular, peanut, peanut butter, any!)
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups certified gluten free oats
Preheat oven to 325°.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl to combine. Spread into jelly roll pan or large baking sheet with edges.
Bake at 325° for 15-20 mins. (you can use other pans as well, just adjust baking time and don’t let them get too crispy!)
*These goodies are linked up to Gluten Free Wednesdays — check out ALL of the awesome recipes each week!