Birthday Celebration = Sugar OVERLOAD

Beware – nothing in this post is PALEO – okay I warned you.

Yesterday we celebrated my birthday with a few friends.  We also used this day (4 days after completion of Whole 30) as our non gluten grains reintroduction day.

Since my husband is allergic to eggs I needed to find a no gluten, vegan treat recipe, which was harder than I thought.  But doing some internet research I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies from BabyCakes that fit the bill.

OMG were they good, and making dough without the risk of salmonella poisoning is dangerous.  I wanted to eat all of the batter without even baking the cookies.

Vegan, Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – courtesy of goop.com

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut oil

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup applesauce

1 tsp of salt

2 tbs vanilla

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour

1/4 cup flax meal

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soad

1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (I sprayed them with coconut oil as well) and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, applesauce, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax meal, baking soda and xanthan gum. Using a rubber spatula, carefully push the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and combine until dough is formed. With the same spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips just until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough. Mixing this dough took some time and muscle, be patient, it will eventually all mix together

Using a spoon, measure out the dough, roll into a ball, and place on the prepared baking sheets. Space the portions 1-inch apart. Gently press each ball to help them spread. Bake the cookies on the center rack for 14 minutes, rotating the trays 180 degrees after 9 minutes. The cookies will be crispy on the edges and soft in the center. Remove from the oven.

Let cookies stand 10 minutes. They’re best served warm, but to save them use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely before covering. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

After the cookies were made, I set up for the rest of the party.  Since we started the Whole 30 I have been dreaming of Sprinkles cupcakes for some reason.  I think that show “2 Broke Girls” should never be watched during a sugar detox of any sort.

Yes, that is Three Wishes wine found at Whole Foods for $2.99 and it is great.

My husband bought me some bright orange and blue flowers on my birthday. Of course us Gators buy everything in orange and blue:)

After the party was set up it was time to get ready and head to my favorite Mexican restaurant for some fajitas, margaritas, and chips.  

All I have to say is I ate way to much sugar yesterday and was in a fog most of the evening that was not caused by the wine.  But it was worth it.  I had a great time but I don’t really plan on doing it again for a while.

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