Steel cut oats are the perfect base for a hearty banana vegan steel cut oat muffins studded with dark chocolate chunks! Vegan, GF option
When it comes to recipe testing, my husband can be a hard nut to crack (although sandwich cookies and layer cakes usually get the automatic thumbs up). I always know if he loves something like these steel cut oat muffins or is just on the fence about it, because he will either be quick to exclaim ‘This is really good!’ or just keep quiet and be all ‘oh yeah it’s pretty good…’. Sometimes when he’s just so-so about a (more…)
Perfect for snacks or on the go breakfasts, these chewy and hearty vegan breakfast cookies are filled with dried fruit, seeds, and of course, chocolate chunks!
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Summer, summer time. It’s the time of year I always feel like flies by way too quickly and always seems like a time when we deserve a break. Remember when we used to get summer breaks during the school year? It was a perfect time to reset, recuperate and just soak up the sun. While I usually try to scale back and enjoy the summer to its fullest (hence why I haven’t been posting as often), it’s easy to get caught up in the scheduling and chaos of ALL the things happening throughout the season. As a chronic overscheduler and overdoer, I’ve found that leaving a few nights or weekends open has helped immensely, especially when there is a chance for last minute happy hour drinks or a few hours free to sit on our patio to enjoy the longer days. Plus, more time to eat vegan breakfast cookies, am I right?
One of the bigger things that usually keeps me grounded in a busier time of life is food. It usually nourishes and fulfills at the same time, providing energy to go out and conquer everything or just force us to slow down a take a second to really take in what’s going on in the world around us. These vegan breakfast cookies are a perfect snack that shows that a filling snack can be easy to grab and go, but can also provide freedom from worrying about grabbing something that will slow you down. I love that these cookies have a heavy dose of the good stuff, like fruit and oats, while also getting in the daily dose of chocolate chunks too.
Food freedom is a funny thing in our food world today. Everything seems to be labeled as something, whether it be vegan, gluten free, organic, etc. but how much freedom do all of these labels actually give us? One of the reasons I’m partnering with Enjoy Life Foods is the quality and caliber of products they manufacture. Their chocolate chips and chocolate chunks are always consistently in my baking cabinets, providing me with chocolate morsels that are always, without a doubt, free from dairy. Not having to worry about reading through the ingredients list and finding something in there that won’t agree with me later is especially freeing. I can make chocolate chip cookies without picking through all the chocolate chips in the store? DONE. I also used Enjoy Life’s newer Seed and Fruit mix in these vegan breakfast cookies, giving them a little more heft and substance to carry me through going from yoga to work or making them easy to grab while in between meetings during the day. I’ve loved trying out and getting to know Enjoy Life and their philosophy more, they are insanely passionate about making allergy friendly products readily available and provide so much freedom from trying to decipher labels or ingredients on all of their products.
Hope you are having a great weekend! We have been struggling with internet issues over here (after finally resolving some car troubles a few weeks ago) and I’m crossing my fingers it will be back soon. I’m trying to soak up the last of summer, so hope you are doing the same!
Fruit and Chocolate Chunk Vegan Breakfast Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the rolled oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture and stir with a spatula until combined. Fold in the fruit and seed mix and chocolate chunks until mixtures starts to come together.
Scooping out by 1/4 cup, press the cookie dough into balls and flatten on the cookie sheet, until all cookies have been formed.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
Can you believe I haven’t really worked with rhubarb much until just this year (outside of the usual strawberry rhubarb crisp)? It’s always been one of those fruits that baffle me because you can’t really eat it on its own and it usually needs to be paired with something else to bring out the real taste and sweetness. For my first round of experimenting with rhubarb, I went with a sweet roasted rhubarb smoothie, (more…)
These bourbon roasted pecans are singlehandedly one of my favorite things I’ve made in..oh the last year? I helped Kate from Cookie and Kate test a few recipes from her cookbook (!!) and this pecan recipe one one of my favorites. It’s a seemingly unassuming recipe, starting with a healthy dose of maple syrup and ending with a roast to perfection in the oven. Each time I’ve made these sweet bourbon roasted pecans (more…)
Good morning and happy Tuesday! I feel like this start to the week has already flown by (seriously, where did Monday go?!) and I’m ready for a cucumber spinach smoothie and a lot of getting things done today. It kind of feels like time sped up and it’s almost April, but there are no complaints on my end! I’m a notorious winter hater, so when spring is finally showing that it really will come back to play, I’m really ready for it. Although we haven’t had the best of weather lately (i.e. lots of rain), I will say that getting up into the 40s and 50s has been something that feels wonderful. The warmer-ish weather has gotten me thinking about smoothie, berries, and all the (more…)
A savory and quick happy hour snack, garlic roasted almonds that are perfect for snacking!
Second Sunday post in a row, I’m on a roll! I’ve decided to start sharing more simple and savory recipes, partly because my body can’t keep eating desserts all the dang time (if only) and partly because, after putting out the reader survey, I’ve found that many of you want more simple, healthy recipes, which I totally understand. Hence, this easy and savory batch of garlic roasted almonds. While this will still remain a dessert blog, I will be incorporating more savory/dinner/simple recipes in too, just to vary things a bit. (more…)