Health-ified Oatmeal Cream Pies
Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup vegan buttery spread, room temperature
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/3 cup oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup non dairy milk
Vanilla Cashew Cream Ingredients:
- 3/4 cups raw cashews (soaked 4-6 hours or overnight)
- 4 tablespoons non dairy milk
- 1 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Soak your cashews in water and cover with a cloth 4-6 hours before making your cream pies. (You can also just soak them overnight if that's easier!)
- When ready to make your cream pies, preheat the oven to 350.
- Combine your flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside to let it congeal.
- Meanwhile, cream your non dairy butter and coconut sugar together with a hand or standing mixer just until well combined and fluffy.
- Add in your flaxseed mixture and vanilla extract and mix with mixer again until combined.
- In a separate bowl combine your whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
- Then alternate adding a little dry mixture, and a little non dairy milk, mixing on low speed until everything is combined and a dough forms.
- Mold your dough into sand dollar-ish shapes and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- While the cookies are baking, drain and rinse your cashews and put them in a blender with all of the other cashew cream ingredients.
- Blend until smooth.
- Once the cookies are done baking, allow them to cool before spreading a layer of cashew cream between each cookie and sandwiching them together.
- EAT UP.
So…. Instagram stories is a thing. I’ll be the first to admit, I have some issues with it. I’m not upset that they basically stole Snapchat’s idea. No, that’s not my problem at all. That’s just them being smart business people if you ask me. I am having a problem wrapping my head around ANOTHER social media platform, ANOTHER way to share every aspect of our lives, ANOTHER audience to lose or gain. What happened to our private lives? Where does it end? What is the line here?
Now, this may just be me being resistant to change. My mom loves to tell the story of the time my parents bought a new couch without telling me when I was 6 and I cried for two weeks about it. I’m not great with change. But I also just can’t imagine that any of you would be interested in watching me eat two oatmeal cream pies (alone in my apartment with no makeup on) for dinner ’cause I’ve been working my ass off all day and I can’t muster the energy to make anything else. It feels like there’s so many ways to share content now, that I’m losing the ability to make my life content-worthy.
Does anyone else feel this way? Or am I just an antiquated millennial searching for a simpler time? I want to go back to the days when I would eat oatmeal cream pies while running around in my back yard with friends, imagining new lands and never considering documenting the moment. I want my old couch back. I want to document less and live more. I think this makes me a bad blogger. But I have to believe that being an authentic human being is more important than any 10 second video of my life. So excuse me while I go on a walk and eat an oatmeal cream pie. Who wants to join me?