The Funk

Written by abbynormally
January 5th, 2011


I’ll tell you what, since New Year’s I’ve been totally out of whack. My stomach has been finicky, I have had a really odd flare up (albeit minor) of shin splints, and I pulled a butt muscle while doing a Jillian Michaels workout last night.

All this to say, I blame it on all the cheese cubes I’ve been eating. Confused? It’s ok. I just like to blame things other than myself for my issues.

Anyhow, in the midst of this funk I’ve been in I realized that I haven’t had any baking experiments—you know when I take a baked good and try to make it somewhat tasty while it retains most of its mouth-watering goodness.

Well, I didn’t do that tonight either.

But I did make Jessica’s 5 ingredient peanut butter bars.


But as I started to make them I realized that I didn’t have any peanut butter!

But I improvised with a peanut flour/almond milk mixture.

So, yea, I have peanut flour, almond milk and chia seeds… but plain old peanut butter? Nope. None of that.

That kind of makes me laugh because whenever I’m baking and I see a recipe that calls for something like vegetable oil or Crisco, that’s not even an option for me to use—not because it’s less than healthy, but because I just don’t buy it! I almost always have the healthier options on hand but rarely the common one.

And speaking of healthier baking options, Heather had a good post about it! Check, check, check it out!


So what about you? Do you follow the rules when baking, or do you like make substitutions and just wing it?


I wing it but a lot of times they are just flops… but sometimes they are good. My notable mention? My OGRE cookies. I used avocado instead of butter and they are tasty!

Well, I’m out to watch the rest of this game… the ‘Guins are up 7-0 at 2nd intermission. Insane. Let’s go Pens!



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18 Responses to “The Funk”

  1. LOL! I can’t believe of all things you were out of peanut butter!

  2. lindsay says:

    oh no, not the butt muscle. OUCH! I just remembered your ogre cookies, I gotta make those again. I love to subsitute ingredients, its fun…..when it works out at least. :)

  3. Kristen says:

    Ha, that is HILARIOUS about your “healthy substitutions”! I like to experiment, but I ended up HAVING to substitute something for real butter tonight because I was out of that AND Earth Balance! How do you make a roux for soup when you don’t have butter? Pureed cauliflower! Turned out perfectly!

  4. Ms. M says:

    Last month I went to make baked oatmeal squares only to discover we were out of oatmeal. I substituted steel cut oats and it came out okay… but a little crisp, lol.

  5. Maren says:

    Hope you are feeling better soon!! I totally need to make those. And yes, I alwasys have the, as my boyfriend calls it, weird ingredients on hand. Never the “American” stuff. hahaha he’s ridiculous :)

  6. Kacy says:

    That reminds me… I’m ALMOST out of PB. The horror!

    Hope the funk lifts soon dear. I would blame the cheese cubes too :)

  7. Jess says:

    LOL I have so much PB in my house it’s ridiculous! Seriously…

  8. Typically the first time I make something I try to follow the recipe exactly. After that, I might make substitutions based on how the first came out and eventually I turn it into my own creation! =P

  9. I usually don’t have things like Crisco or whatever on hand either so have to improvise. Although, there are certain recipes that I’ll do 100% by the book. They just taste better.

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