Green Cookies. Weird.

>> Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One of my favorite things to do lately is bake with Ada. It's got to be something about it being winter and switching on the oven to make the kitchen super-warm. (I'm always cold.) Cookies, brownies, and breads taste great. And my kid is adorable and getting cuter by the day. I suppose there are many reasons I enjoy it so much.

I think Ada has fun, too.

But in our most recent experiment, even Ada's smile turned sour.

We had set out to make a healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookie with minimal fat and sugar. A quick snack mommy could grab while she screams. The dough tasted great.

Here's what was inside . . .
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup sunflower butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats, processed into flour
  • 1/2 cup golden flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
I preheated the oven to 350, mixed everything up, and baked for 12 minutes.

Stephen and I both grabbed a freshly baked cookie before heading to our neighbors' house for the afternoon. We put the rest in the fridge.

When we returned, we were horrified to find that the cookies looked like THIS on the inside:

What happened??? Of course, since I'm breastfeeding, I immediately thought I had poisoned Ada by eating them. Surely the green color had to indicate some chemical reaction gone wrong. Or worse -- an ingredient gone South.

Though I've used sunflower butter in baking before, Sunflower Chippers, I never had this result.


Back to the green. My mom found this information about the unique reaction that causes things to turn green. Especially after the cookies completely cool down. (Hence why we noticed it after placing them in the refrigerator.)

Crazy, right? What's the strangest thing that's ever happened to YOU in the kitchen?

And speaking of green things (OK, her poop isn't green!), we've detailed our cloth diapering routine today on (never home)maker, baby! It's been a month and so far, so good.

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