I just finished Amy Schnumer’s book The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. It was in the “Lucky Day” section at the library so I added it to the stack of 6 books I already had. I am great at over-borrowing books because I’ll start a book and decide I’m not in the mood for it, so it’s good to have backups. AND I am usually reading 2-4 books at any time which sounds stressful and disorganized but I’ve done that since I was in college so why change now?

I like Amy’s stand-up shows but I don’t really like her TV show, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book. After reading it in 2 days, I will tell you my really amazing review!

I thought this coming-of-age book was funny and poignant (I am trying too hard). She’s insightful and perceptive about people, and I enjoyed reading her thoughts since I like to pretend I can psychoanalyze people. She definitely added to my accomplished abilities in that realm. And she’s really good at being vulnerable, shining a spotlight on her flaws and weaknesses throughout the book. Several chapters are really funny. A few chapters are not very funny. And then there are a few chapters that are on-purpose not funny, like her recount of being raped, her experience with domestic violence, and her crappy parents.

I waited until I finished the book to look at online reviews since my ability to buy and enjoy products depends heavily on Amazon reviews. It seems that a lot of people who like her show didn’t like her book. Some reviewers didn’t like the disjointed-ness, humblebragging, or writing quality. I guess you’ll just have to read for yourself!

Also in the realm of comedian writers, I have read Bossypants, Yes Please, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and Not That Kind of Girl. This book ranks #2 on that list, with Bossypants being first. I’ll have to re-read that one. I listened to it on audiotape while driving the moderately soul crushing ~1,600 miles from Maryland to Colorado. So I can’t really tease out if it was a good book or if it was the one bright spot of white-knuckling through an ice storm.

Anyways, somehow this winding monologue relates to a recipe. I have made these almond butter oat cookies a few times recently. My most recent batch was the best version yet. And as I was power reading the book on day 2 I ate them as my lunch [NO TIME TO MAKE FOOD OR PEE]. They are delicious and filling and pretty healthy so I wanted to share!

Almond Butter Oat Cookies
Ground oats.
Almond Butter Oat Cookies
Costco-sized flaxmeal and less impressively-sized almond meal.

Almond Butter Oat Cookies

Almond Butter Oat Cookies
Chomp.

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Healthy Almond Butter Oat Cookies
These almond butter and oat cookies are delicious + healthy, great for breakfast or a snack. They're lightly sweetened and on the dense/hearty side. Kind of like a granola bar in cookie form.
Almond Butter Oat Cookies
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13-15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour I grind rolled oats in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or grind whole almonds in a food processor or blender
  • 1/2 cup flaxmeal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 5 tbsp Maple syrup or use brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, heated until liquid or canola oil
  • 6 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp Chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13-15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour I grind rolled oats in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or grind whole almonds in a food processor or blender
  • 1/2 cup flaxmeal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 5 tbsp Maple syrup or use brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, heated until liquid or canola oil
  • 6 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp Chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Almond Butter Oat Cookies
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Or 360 degrees F if you're at altitude.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients - oats through baking powder.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together wet ingredients - maple syrup through vanilla extract. You may need to heat the coconut oil in the microwave until it is liquid.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Roll the dough into golf ball sized cookies and place on a parchment paper or silicon mat-lined baking sheet. Flatten balls slightly with your hand.
  7. Bake 13-15 minutes, until the cookies are slightly browned on top. They may be soft in the center but once cooled they will firm up.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  9. Stores well in an airtight container for 5-7 days. You can also freeze them to keep for longer.
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