Trip to Ames: Part 2 and 3

So Dave and I did a lot of baking this weekend, which makes sense because I love to bake and I’m slowly turning into the lead female character from the movie, “Stranger Than Fiction.” But anyways, my brother was just diagnosed with Celiacs Disease in August/September and since then, my family has been trying to find ways to make his old favorite baked goods.
We hadn’t found a good chocolate chip cookie recipe yet and I set out to find one after I was let out of class early on Thursday. Didn’t take long thanks to Gluten Free Girl! Her adaption of David Leite’s 36-hour chocolate chip cookie (http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/2009/04/david-leites-chocolate-chip-cookies.html) was absolutely wonderful. I honestly can’t say we’ve had a better gluten free cookie! Not only did they taste good, but they looked like professionally baked cookies…yum! Left a bunch of dough for David to bake off for those long and hard aero days.
So the other thing that Dave and I made were granola bars because once again, the granola bars on the market are really lackluster. Courtney, my preceptor at WIC, provided the inspiration for the binder of the bars–tofu. David decided that he wanted his bars to have a peanut butter base because he has been avoiding peanut butter sandwiches because of the icky breads he has to chose from.

The bars had peanut butter, honey, peanut butter chips, peanuts, chocolate chips, gluten free oats, vanilla and silken tofu. All of these items were mixed together, put in a greased pan and baked for 45-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven. We cut them, individually wrapped them in wax paper, and stuck them in a freezer for Dave to pull out whenever he needed them! Overall, it was an amazing weekend that allowed both of us to take a break from our crazy schedules.

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