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Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwiches are one of the all time favorite comfort foods! They offer up a delicious pairing of salt and sweet that will leave your mouth-watering for more. Be sure to have yourself an ice-cold nut milk handy because these dunk beautifully!
You will notice in the ingredient list that I used both whole and ground oats. The reason I did this was purely for texture reasons. I wanted the cookie to have a nice chew to it but didn’t want to see large flecks of oat throughout.
This is a big question that always pops up. The answer is, yes, they can be. It is important that you do some research on which ever brand that you use, specially if raw is a top priority for you. Several years ago, I wrote up a small post on this matter, please click (here) to read more about it.
Yes they are BUT there are many factors that you need to look for. Number one, the bag must read “gluten-free,” with this statement it is certified that they are. Without this, you have no idea if they have been exposed to cross-contamination. Only you know the sensitivity that you have with gluten. Again, I shared some further information regarding this. Click (here) to learn more.
It is my recommendation to do so. Yep, you guessed it… I have another post dedicated to this topic as well. As you can see, a lot of questions pop up regarding oats. Click (here) for some Sunday afternoon reading. Some people tend to skip this part because it involves some prep time. You will need to soak and then dehydrate the oats before you can use them. If you wish to make this part of your practice, I suggest doing this in large batches and then store them in the fridge or freezer. This way, the oats will be ready to go when inspiration hits you.
Questions will pop regarding the fact that I am pegging this recipe as nut-free. I did, because this recipe is nut-free. Peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes. “Despite its name, a peanut is a legume and not a nut. This is why some people who have allergies to certain nuts can still eat peanuts, and other individuals with peanut allergies can eat true nuts.” (source)
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
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