|The Green Bean Coffee and Tea Café|
Yesterday was a rainy, quiet, lonely Sunday. Hmmm...what does one get into on a day like that? Well, that's an easy one for me...I headed to the kitchen.
For weeks now, I have been wanting to make some cookies that I sold at my sweet coffee shop...The Green Bean Coffee and Tea Café. Most have heard of and enjoyed them at one point or another in their lifes....Monster Cookies! Typically they are large...the batter being scooped onto baking sheets with an ice cream dipper.
In our Super-Size-Me society, I believe most people now expect cookies to be over-the-top huge. Keep in mind that cookies that are three times their typical size, also contain three times the calories too. Just sayin....food for thought.
Eventually we started making the Monster cookies at the café smaller...because a few wise customers had requested a smaller version. Now here's a mind game that we can play with ourselves...I won't eat the huge cookie; but instead will eat three small ones instead! Sorry...that doesn't work either. But oh well, we were there to make our customers happy.
When baking this recipe at home, I have always cut the ingredients in half. (1/2 recipe below) My Zach and I certainly don't need a monster batch for just the two of us. The cool part about this recipe is that it really does contain some good ingredients....and it is gluten-free; which was always a bonus for our gluten challenged customers at the café. I also upgraded the recipe a bit yesterday, by using all organic ingredients (well, everything except the M&M's).
I sent a small bag of Mini Monsters with Zach this morning when he left for the pool. I told him they would be a good start to his day..better than most granola bars that you would find at the store!
Monster Cookies from The Bean
Mix in order given:
3 organic eggs
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
1 stick unsalted organic butter
3/4 jar organic crunchy peanut butter
4 1/2 cups organic oats
Optional add-in's:3/4 cup carob chips
3/4 cup M&M's
You can choose what ever add-in's suit your fancy. I typically 'dump and stir' until I feel like I have the right proportions. Next time I think I might try adding flax seeds too.
Ready for the oven.
(Side note: These little gems are full of good fiber. A dear friend of mine used to call them Poo Poo Cookies. I thought that was something that maybe you should know. We can talk about the health benefits of good fiber some other time. :D )