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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Cookies Gluten Free May 25, 2015

Filed under: Cookies,Dessert,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 3:03 pm

Hi guys!
Originally, I planned to make a chocolate cake; however, when my dad and I were looking at the recipe we realized we do not have the right equipment for the job.
I needed to make something with chocolate to fulfill my promise in the previous post; so I thought of this recipe. It is full of chocolate, bananas (which is great because we had some bananas that needed to be used), and better yet it’s a portable dessert; easy to eat on the go.
The recipe is for chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies. My mom got this recipe from a colleague at her work. The cookies are simple to make and they taste just like the name says. You get a little of each flavor in every bite.
I wanted to try almond flour for this recipe. This is my first attempt using almond flour; here are a few things I noticed.
First, almond flour smells like all-purpose flour, I found that interesting.
Second, the almond flour has a grainy texture; it is not smooth like all-purpose flour.
Finally, I learned almond flour makes things crumbly, if you do not use xanthan gum. The cookies turned into granola once I scraped them off the greased cookie sheets. I took the picture of the second batch of cookies when I saw the first batch crumble under my spatula.
Even though the cookies look like a crumbly mess on the plate where they reside now, they taste wonderful!! I am not sure how other gluten free flours will work; I will have to experiment to see what is best.
Even though the cookies turned into granola, I hope you try them because they are delicious!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Cookies

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
1 and 1/2 cups flour (gluten free baking flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
1 and 3/4 cups oats (old fassioned)
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used about ¾ cup)
1 cup sugar
1 scant tsp salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup very ripe mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
Cream shortening and sugar together. Then add egg and mashed bananas and mix well.
Sift dry ingredients together and mix into sugar, shortening, egg and banana mixture.
Add oats and chocolate chips. Mix well. Grease cookie sheet with crisko and put a teaspoon of cookie dough on cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. When cookies are a little brown on top and around edges they are finished.


Reflections May 19, 2015

Happy Third anniversary to the blog!
We would like to thank you for reading our blog and making our recipes. We are delighted to post such yummy food for you all.
A lot has happened since we started the blog.
My sister got married and had a baby.
I graduated from college and began serving a Church Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 19th is important to me, not just because of our blog’s birthday but this year marks the one year anniversary of my mission.
I thought I would explain what a mission is, for those who don’t know. A mission for our church is usually 18 months (for girls) or two years (for boys). Girls serve at 19 and boys at 18; you can also serve in your mid 20’s like me.
A regular mission is when you are called to give service to the Lord and those around you; the goal being that you become selfless like Jesus Christ. Missionaries live away from their families while they serve (out of state is usually thee occurrence), they abide by a schedule that includes prayer and scripture study, along with service to the people they live amongst.
A Church Service Mission is a little different. A CSM (Church Service Missionary) has the opportunity to live at home (if they choose). The mission can last for a few months or as long as the CSM wishes. The CSM gives service to the Lord but it can be on a Monday through Friday basis; depending on where they are serving.
From my own experience, serving as a CSM has been a life changing opportunity. I am able to serve the Lord and strengthen my Spirituality every day. I serve with some incredible people who have become dear friends. I have met some incredible blind people internationally; working on a project collecting oral Histories and records from blind Latter-Day Saints.
I know all missionaries feel the same. Serving the Lord is a great honor; this service provides us with life-changing experiences; helping us become better people and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I hope you do not mind my reflections above, but I felt they needed to be shared.
We thank our family for the support as we chart our life courses.
Come back in a few days… Our recipe for May is going to knock your socks off! It is loaded with chocolate and Gluten Free as always.
See you then!
The Lewissisters


Happy Mother’s Day! May 11, 2015

To all the women who read our blog,
We want to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day!
If you are a mother like my sister or single like me, today is a day to honor you.
If you are a mother, there is no harder and more rewarding job than rearing children. They make you happy and crazy but through it all you love your children no matter what; always wanting the best for them.
If you are single like me, this is not a day to be sad, but rather look at yourself and be proud of the wonderful woman you see; you are strong and can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
I would like to remind all of us the Lord loves all His children, mothers or not. Ladies, remember to be happy and remember the Lord loves you, even in your most difficult time; the Lord is watching over you.
Special thanks to our amazing mom, we love you.
We hope everyone has a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters