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Robert’s Ball

20 Feb

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch

I know.  I was swearing off recipes and now they come flooding in.  And your first question might be why I named this recipe as I did.  Because I want it to go viral.  Duh!

This is actually a recipe for energy balls which my friend, Robert, shared with me.  And as you will see from the recipe, Robert is a man who likes choices.



3 cups (dry) oatmeal (I used the old-fashioned oats)

1 cup unsweetened shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)

1 cup peanut butter (can substitute almond butter)

1 cup any kind of chopped nuts (optional)

1 cup dried fruit (I like cranberries, blueberries or cherries) (optional)

1 dark chocolate bar (optional)

1/2 cup agave or honey

1 cup melted coconut oil (optional)

1 t vanilla

1 t cinnamon (optional)

1 ripe banana (optional)


You could melt the coconut oil peanut butter, and chocolate in a double boiler.  Or you can just use chocolate pieces, leave out the coconut oil, and skip the melting step.  (Robert!  Take a stand!)

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Cover and allow to chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Robert’s directions say half an hour but that’s not nearly enough time to obsess over whether you left out or put in the correct amount of optional ingredients, which are over half the recipe.

One chilled (the ingredients, not you) roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter.  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.  If you have trouble forming balls periodically wet your hands.


I used a gluten free granola that had all sorts of stuff in it because I had that in the house.  Be careful, if you’re on a gluten free diet, about the oatmeal.  Oatmeal is not always gluten free.  Make sure the brand you purchase specifies.

I used almond butter because I generally don’t eat peanuts.  I didn’t have any chocolate bar or chocolate pieces in the house so I added some cocoa powder.  It worked beautifully.  I didn’t add vanilla, which can now be listed as optional.  Nor did I use cinnamon or a banana.  The earth continued to spin on its axis.

I added some raisins to mine.  Robert thinks that raisins are pathetic.  It’s like discussing religion with that man when you start talking about his balls!  Did I say that out loud?  Whatever.

Loveya – The Grandma

Cookie Surprise

24 Mar

“Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.”  Wendell Berry

The surprise about these cookies is that even after you tell people that they are gluten, dairy, and egg free they still like them.  These cookies could also be sugar free but I just couldn’t resist throwing in a few chocolate chips.  My bad.


2 bananas, mashed

1/3 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup almond butter – peanut butter, but made with almonds, about 1/2 jar

1/2 t baking soda

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1 apple, finely diced, or finally diced

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 T cinnamon

1/3 cup chocolate chips

DISTRUCTIONS:  Preheat oven to 370 degrees.  Mash banana in bowl and add the coconut flour, baking soda and almond butter.  Mix well.

Chop walnuts and apple to a very fine dice and add them to the bowl along with the rest of the ingredients.  

Drop by tablespoon full onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  Flatten into a cookie shape with a frosting spreader, knife, or other implement.  These cookies don’t spread so you want them to get into their final shape before baking.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, turning the cookie sheet half way through the process.  These cookies seemed a little too moist for me so I placed them into my dehydrator for about an hour.  Otherwise you can let them out to air dry or eat them moist.  I love choices!


Happy cookies moments before their demise

Fun part – I was out of baking soda but remembered that I had a small glass of it in my bathroom medicine cabinet that I occasionally use to brush my teeth.  Went into the bathroom with a 1/2 teaspoon measure, walked back into the kitchen and dumped the baking soda into the bowl.  

My husband happened to be sitting in the kitchen.  “Did you just get something out of the bathroom and dump it into the cookie dough,” he asked.  I just smiled at him.  More for me!

Loveya – The Grandma

Macadamia Fudge Bliss

26 Feb

“Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.”

I wanted to name this post, I Cleaned My Husband’s Bathroom Macadamia Fudge Bliss, but this blog does not allow that many words in a title.  Drat.

This story began when we purchased a new washer and dryer about a year ago. Or perhaps it began when we bought this house about 20 years ago.  When we bought this big, old house my husband and I each became the proud owners of our very own bathrooms.  I logically surmised that whoever used a bathroom would also clean the aforementioned bathroom.  Can you see where this is going?

And then there was the new washer and dryer, without an agitator, and with instructions not to wash rubber backed rugs within.  Guess what kind of rugs we have in our bathrooms.  Or should I say, had.

So where does this cake come in?  I was visiting with some women and someone brought the Macadamia Fudge Bliss cake, which everyone raved over.  Not a shy person I mentioned that the recipe came from a cookbook that I wrote for some of my friends.  There was some of the cake left and the hostess insisted we all take a piece home.

I generally do not eat sugar desserts.  But I had purchased new, rubber-less rugs for our bathrooms and promised myself that I would clean my husband’s bathroom (rent hazmat suit) before I installed the new rugs.  I decided I deserved a treat because of the task I was about to undertake the very next day.


Yes, that is one pathetic piece of cake.  There is a bite taken out of it and it is way too small to prepare me for the task.  Be assured that I did not merely eat the cake and leave the bathroom untended.  I removed the dead moth from the bathtub and scrapped the bottom of the tub with a putty knife until the tub’s surface showed through.  Enough details.  Bottom line – if you have a task that’s going to take Herculean strength I suggest a hunk of Macadamia Fudge Bliss to get you ready. 


1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup cocoa

1 1/2 t instant coffee granules

1/2 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t vanilla

1/4 t salt

1 egg

DISTRUCTIONS FOR CAKE:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9-inch round pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.  Spray that, too.

Whip sugar and butter.  Mix together the flour with the rest of the dry ingredients.  Mix together the sour cream and egg.  Alternate adding a little wet and a little dry, mixing at low speed, until everything is mixed in.  Scrape occasionally to get the goodies that are hiding in the bottom of the bowl.  Add the vanilla with a grand flourish and mix a few seconds more.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.  Do the toothpick test.  Cool the cake about 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.  Discard the parchment and completely cool the cake on a rack.  You now have time to soak in the tub (your own) or de-flea the dog  before you need to make the frosting. But eventually you’re going to want to make the frosting.  It is so good!


1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 t butter

1 T corn syrup

4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1 t vanilla

7 ounce jar macadamia nuts

DISTRUCTIONS:  In a two-quart saucepan, over medium high heat, bring the first five ingredients to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for another five minute, once again, stirring constantly.  It will be worth it!

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.  Cool the mixture for about 15 minutes and then stir in the macadamia nuts.  Place the cake on a lovely plate and gently spoon the topping all over the top of the cake.  Allow the excess to cascade down the sides of the cake.

Refrigerate the cake for about an hour until the topping is firm.  Lick the spoon.  Lick the bowl.  Clean the bathroom.

Loveya – The Grandma