Band of Horses has this song called “I Go to the Barn Because I Like the.”
Now, I love this song, it’s one of those “let’s go sit on a swing tied to a tree in the middle of a moonlit field” sort of songs. Melancholy, sad, chill, nostalgic.
But, to be honest, I can’t help feeling kind of bothered that I’m not really told why the writer likes to go to the barn. “Because I Like the”…what? What is it? Why won’t you tell me?
I was listening to this song while I was baking today, though, and I think I figured it out.
Band of Horses is hiding something…in the barn, I mean. Cookies. They’re hiding cookies in the barn.
Bear with me here.
I was baking cookies, trying out a new recipe, and I used butter, eggs, yogurt, and buttermilk. Everything that comes from a barn, hence…Band of Horses goes to the barn because they like cookies.
And you would go sneaking off to the barn too, if you found these cookies there.
These cookies are just whoa. Think coffee cake meets granola bar. Dates, oatmeal, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, allspice…secretly whole wheat and reduced fat…sounds good? Chya, that’s what I thought.
1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
Beat in 2 eggs
3-1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 cups oatmeal
Finally, add in:
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped dates
rounded 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Optional: 1/2 cup bits of unsweetened baking chocolate (which will compliment the spicy sweetness with a dark, earthy flavor )
Bake at 350 degrees for about 16 minutes or until the cookies have slightly browned edges.