Cocoa Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Drizzle
Let me tell you, if there is something I do not enjoy, it is packing. When it comes time to pack, I do everything in my power to not do it. I distract myself with snacks, internet, exercise, cleaning, dancing, and anything else I can possibly think of to keep me from the daunting task.
I think when it comes down to it, the reason I don’t enjoy packing is because it takes me so darn long to figure out what I want to wear on any given day, so having to plan for an entire weekend or a week full of outfits becomes so grueling. Inevitably I end up packing too much of everything, but it’s because I just don’t know what I will want to wear at any given moment.
(FYI this was a photo taken during packing struggles before Colombia)
I also have to take into consideration how I might be feeling… bloated, normal, tight jeans, loose jeans? Am I going to be walking all day or can I wear heels? What’s the weather like? All of these things a woman must consider as she is packing. My husband will never understand as hard as he tries.
Needless to say, last night as I was finishing up packing for my trip to Atlanta, I first ate dinner (that’s usually a priority), it looked something like this but different since this is a recycled photo…
I then cleaned, tried packing, gave up after 2 minutes, worked out on the treadmill, distracted myself on the computer, tried packing again…you see the pattern. Poor Moose was probably so confused as I tore around the house. He may have offered me a chill pill at one point, but I wouldn’t know. I was too busy distracting myself.
Does he not look GINORMOUS kangaroo in this photo? No offense to him or anything.
The good news is, I am all packed. I am SO ready to take on Georgia. Bring on the southern accents, peaches, and Coca Cola.
Cocoa Cookie Bars (Gluten-Free)
A couple of days ago I flashed a photo of a dessert I made. Remember this?
The original plan was to make cocoa cookies (gluten-free style), but as I mixed away, the dough was actually more of a batter, so I rolled with it and came up with what I like to call Cocoa Cookie Bars (since they were supposed to be cookies after all).
They are gluten-free, made with almond flour, low in sugar, and super simple. I used Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams to drizzle on top, but you could use any creamy peanut butter you would like!
|Cocoa Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Drizzle|| |
- 1¼ cups almond flour
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. almond milk
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup Truvia
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Peanut butter drizzle (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat 9x9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In small bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
- In medium bowl, beat together remaining ingredients except peanut butter.
- Add dry ingredients gradually into wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of pan comes out clean.
- Drizzle with creamy peanut butter (place in microwave for 30 seconds and give it a stir to help with drizzling).
I hope you all have a fantastic day! I may or may not be checking in this weekend. If I don’t get a chance, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to filling you in on my latest adventure to Georgia when I return.