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Chunky Monkey Baked Oatmeal

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.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Raisin Vinaigrette

I hope that everyone has had a terrific weekend! I won’t lie, mine was a little crazy, but in a good way. I think. ;) First, my friend Michelle and I did a Tour de Gluttony starting at Healthy Junk in Anaheim and then went down to San Diego for Balboa Park December Nights. We didn’t eat at December Nights, but did go into the Science Center and the Natural History Museum, where we proceeded to get a little goofy. Below is my impression of a whale skeleton, that yoga sure is paying off!

We (both being vegan) were in luck, because right down the street from us was Evolution Fast Food. I haven’t really been to any vegan restaurants in San Diego so I was very excited for this. I ended up getting the Mushroom Swiss Burger which was good, and some chick’n strips (which I asked for as buffalo but was given original). I enjoyed the strips with a chipotle dip, but was not done yet. We had walked quite a bit and I needed to end this meal the right way- with dessert, naturally. We shared some peppermint soft serve, and I’m telling you, this stuff was incredible. I would contemplate making the 2-hour trip down to SD just for that soft serve; it’s that good.

 

Saturday was filled with running errands and going to a cowboy bar. Have you ever been to a place like this? It’s actually pretty fun; even if you’re terrible at line dancing (ME). Now, it’s Monday and time to get to work! I have a big project that I’m working on for someone, that I’m incredibly excited about. That being said, I’ve kind of put my cookbook on hold for now. But, this is great for you because the recipe that I’m sharing was going to be in it!

What great timing, right?! It’s the holidays, where there is no shortage of sides for family meals, and this recipe is perfect for that. What we have here is a combination of buttery walnuts, roasted Brussels sprouts, toasted coconut and a sweet raisin vinaigrette. Just scoop the roasted veggies onto your plate and drizzle a little sauce on top. It has great colors, and is as easy to make as it is to serve.

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Cran Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I love cookies. A lot. I just never seem to make them at home, but that will have to change. These delicious morsels are based on a Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I made last year, and are so much tastier. They may not be AS healthy, but they are still much better than their competition.

Instead of flattening them out a bit, I made mine into little mounds; so they have a near muffin consistency. Personally, I really enjoy that, but if you want something more crunchy, flatten them out more and bake them for a little longer. Chunks of apple jut from its soft interior, dotted with tart dried cranberries and buttery walnuts, everything melds together in a tasty melody.

These cookies are really easy to make, and even easier to enjoy. Maybe for breakfast? For me, it’s any time. I don’t see them lasting very much longer on the cooling rack in the middle of my kitchen. I’m pretty sure that they are teasing me with their presence alone. Maybe cookies were a bad idea…

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