So first things first… THANK YOU GUYS so much for all your feedback in my reader survey on Friday! This was my first time ever doing some sort of survey for pumpkin & peanut butter and I was blown away by your feedback. Words can’t even describe how much joy I got from reading your comments! I never expected the survey to go over so well, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking to time to share your thoughts and kind words. 🙂
It was very evident that you guys are big fans of the vegan options and lightened-up sweets on the blog, but it was so cool to see that you also really enjoy my travel posts and wedding updates (some of you even wanting to see more of these)! I’m SO glad, because those of some of my favorite posts to write!
I also saw some requests for more lifestyle posts, such as eating out with friends as a vegan or vegetarian, exercise and fitness tips, and how to maintain a balanced lifestyle. I’ll definitely brainstorm some ways to tie this into my posts— all great ideas from you lovely people!
If you haven’t gotten a chance to take the reader survey yet, but still want to, I’ll leave the link open for the rest of the week. It takes approximately 2-3 minutes and it’ll seriously make my day (again)!!
Now onto THESE COOKIES. In my adult life, I’ve discovered this newfound love for oatmeal cookies. I never really like them as a kid (mostly because they weren’t studded with chocolate chips or m&ms or sprinkles), but I’ve finally come to fully appreciate them for the amazing cookies that they are. Hearty, nutty, perfectly sweet oatmeal cookies— now let’s make them even better with, you guessed it, peanut butter! Uhhhh. Yes. I could eat these babies just like this, but I took them a step further and turned them into decadent oatmeal cream pies. Peanut butter style.
Pre-cream, these cookies are actually decently healthy, but there’s just no getting around the butter (dairy-free or regular) and sugar in the cream. The way I look at it, there’s only about a tablespoon of cream in each cookies sandwich, so let’s just indulge a little 😉
I also added some natural peanut butter into the cream to stick with our peanut butter theme we’ve got going on here and this was SUCH a good idea. It adds the perfect nutty element and tones down the sweetness of your typical cookie frosting. The result— a sweet, salty, savory mini oatmeal cream pie, so delicious you can eat 3 in a row. I mean, they are mini (hehe).