I know exactly what you’re thinking right now, “Oatmeal has to be the sexiest food on the planet!” Oh, no? That’s not what you were thinking? Maybe I can change your mind with some word play. Here are some reasons as to why you should indulge in this indulgent oatmeal dish for V-day (or any day, really): This oatmeal is rich and creamy, with cocoa running all through-out and a smooth mouth feel. Each bite is a luscious treat, with a little surprise from small pieces of tart, warm strawberry…
And it only takes about 8 minutes to put together. I’m pretty sure that’s the sexiest part! Of course, you can double up this recipe and share it with someone you think fondly of, or perhaps even loooove. Yes, I’m a child. Either way, I think V-day is a cute reminder to indulge in some fantastic food and have a good time with loved ones, whether they be your friends, family or significant other.
So, forget the double-boiler for the chocolate, and make this one-pot meal to start your day of romance and self-love off right!
Originally, I thought that January would be a month of leveling out from the holidays, but for some reason I’ve found that this month has been filled with all kinds of events, birthdays, dinners and the like. Not to mention, I’m working on the photos for Lindsay’s (Happy Herbivore) next cookbook and have been very busy with that. I’m really excited for this one and think that it will be even better than the last!
Some other things that inevitably come with January are people trying to eat better and be more physically active. This means that you may find yourself needing to recuperate after an awesome workout sooner than later. I have just the smoothie for you! Naturally sweetened with dates, combined with bananas and rich cacao nibs, plus a little vanilla to perfect it. It’s creamy, but not too thick and has a rich flavor.
Loaded with potassium for hydration and carbohydrates for regeneration, it’ll help you out, big time. This is probably where I should mention that this smoothie is also great for hangovers ;). Plus, recovery drinks are important for drinking right after work outs because they reduce fatigue and prolonged muscle soreness. Just make sure to enjoy it right after your workout!
One of the food-related things that I love about the holidays are the awesome breakfasts and brunches. There have been times where I’ve gone all out for the brunch and laid low for the dinner, but this year I think I’m going to do the opposite. Now, this doesn’t mean that you, or I for that matter, need to have a boring first meal of the day. That’s where this filling dish comes in!
Getting its name from a very popular ice cream flavor, this baked oatmeal boasts sweet bananas, chopped walnuts and sweet chocolate with a vanilla oatmeal base. As neat as it would be to eat ice cream for breakfast I feel that this version is going to get you a whole lot further and you won’t have a crazy comedown from your sugar high.
Besides that great flavors that this dish brings to the table, another good quality is that you prep it and leave it alone. No tending to it, making sure that nothing is burning or worrying about it thickening up enough. Just pulse most of the ingredients in a blender, pour it in and bake! Easy-peasy, right? Then you can get crazy with the toppings and serve it right up with a warm cup of coffee, or tea if that’s your thing.
I’m elated to share with you that I’m taking part in Kristy from Keepin’ It Kind’s Cookie Swap Party for the second year in a row! Kristy and her husband Chris are the geniuses behind Keepin’ It Kind, and honestly guys, they are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I’m lucky enough to have hung out with them a few times and they are ADORABLE. Seriously. Aside from that, they make a great team of recipe developer/food stylist and photographer.
Last year, I made some Persimmon Oatmeal Cookies for the #cookieswapparty. This year I knew that I’d need to step my game up, and I think I accomplished it with these Chocolate Biscoff Pinwheel Cookies! Did I mention that I had never made Pinwheel Cookies before? Well, I hadn’t and I’m so stoked on how they came out. I brought a huge plate of them to my friend’s holiday party and got some good reviews.
Oh, my partner Corey taste-tested them and gave them a thumbs up, as well. He and our friend Mark were hanging out with me while I was making them, hence the photobomb by Mr. Mark.
Now go! Go check out the recipe for these holiday cookies over at Kristy’s blog! While you’re there hang out for a bit and take a look at all of the other cookie recipes from some more awesome bloggers.
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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