red and black and blue all over

blackberry pom

blackberry pom

Red – pomegranates, Black – blackberries, Blue – blue agave, plus a little coconut oil makes it so smooth.  Give it a try and let me know what you think…

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/3 C blackberries
1/4 C pomegranate seeds
1 T blue agave
almond milk to taste
1 tsp coconut oil

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy this highly nutritious, balanced

and beautiful breakfast!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: If you could be any age again, just for a week, what age would you be?  What would you do?

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pineapple pom

I really enjoy this flavor combination.  But then again, in my book, you can only go right if pineapple is involved…

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/3 C frozen pomegranate seeds
1/3 C frozen pineapple
1 T brown rice syrup
1 t grapeseed oil
salt to taste

Directions:

Simmer all ingredients in a saucepan over low-medium heat until everything is warm and the flavors have mingled (5 minutes). I like to add a little salt, but that’s a personal preference.  Mix it all in with the oatmeal and enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Take a moment to think about the air around you, the weight of it, the texture of it, the contents of it.  Is it heavy or light?  Is it still or moving?  Does it have an aroma?  Does it seem different to you when you stop and notice what you’re breathing?  How is it different?

peaches ‘n cream

peaches and cream

peaches and cream

This is just a little twist on an old favorite.  The added vanilla gives the it another level of flavor, while the almond milk gives the creamier texture.  Super yummy and not too sweet.

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/3 C peaches
1 T agave
1 t grapeseed oil
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 C milk or cream (I used almond milk)

Directions:

Heat agave and oil in a saucepan.  Add peaches and saute until soft, add vanilla and cook for another minute or so.  Add to bowl with oatmeal and stir in milk.

Om,
Renata

mOMent: I’m just peachy, I’m dandy, I’m swell.  What fun ways do you let the world know that you’re having a great day?  What’s your favorite slang for days like these?

maca magic

maca powder

maca powder

Maca is an herb that is found in South America touted for the adrenal boost that it gives.  This recipe has maca, plus flax and chia which are high in omega three fatty acids.  Add in some tasty macadamia nuts, and how can you go wrong…

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats                                                                                                       1 T maca powder
1 T chia seeds
1/4 C macadamia nuts
1 T flax seeds
2 T agave

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and get ready for the maca magic!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Do you like magic shows?  They say that magic is no more than sleight of hand… what do you think magic is, and what does it mean to you?

birthday best

brown sugar

brown sugar

This is what my husband requested as his om of the day on his special day.  It’s sweet, buttery and yummy!

Ingredients:

2 T maple syrup
1 T brown sugar
1.5 T butter
2-3 T cream
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:  Mix all ingredients in a bowl and wish yourself a happy birthday!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Think back to a birthday that was just perfect.  What made it so wonderful?  Was it the people, places or events?  Or perhaps something different?  How can you bring more of that feeling into your life now?

veganized King Arthur oat bread

cranberry oat bread

cranberry oat bread

This recipe came from the King Arthur website.  I have put my changes in italics.  Overall the recipe was super easy to follow and fabulous to eat.  Something else that I had not done in the past was use a mixer to knead the dough…Wow!  It was so much easier.  Of course, I knew this before, but really if you plan on making bread often I highly recommend investing in a counter-top mixer.  You’ll be glad you did.

Ingredients:

3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey (I used brown sugar)
2 teaspoons instant yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast*
1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk (I used almond milk)
3/4 cup raisins or currants (optional) (I used dried cranberries)

*If you use active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.

Manual Method: In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients, mixing to form a shaggy dough. Knead dough, by hand (10 minutes) or by machine (5 minutes) till it’s smooth. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow it to rest for 1 hour; it’ll become quite puffy, though it may not double in bulk. Shape as directed below.

Bread Machine Method: Place all of the ingredients (except the fruit) into the pan of your machine, program machine for manual or dough, and press Start. About 10 minutes before the end of the second kneading cycle, check dough and adjust its consistency as necessary with additional flour or water; finished dough should be soft and supple. Add the raisins or currants about 3 minutes before the end of the final kneading cycle. Shape as directed below.

Shaping: Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled surface, and shape it into a log. Place the log in a lightly greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan, cover the pan (with an acrylic proof cover, or with lightly greased plastic wrap), and allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, till it’s crested 1 to 2 inches over the rim of the pan.

Baking: Bake the bread in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190°F. If the bread appears to be browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil for the final 10 minutes of baking. Yield: 1 loaf.

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Another reason to make bread is the delicious pay-off when all is said and done.  There’s nothing more rewarding than enjoying the fruits of your labor.  Think back to a time when you were able to enjoy the result of something that you created, remember how it made you feel.  Ready to do it again?

peanut butter & jelly bars

I was really excited to try these bars because I love peanut butter and jelly.  I gave them to my hubby to take with him and share during a seminar he attended, and they were gone by lunch!

I substituted the egg with a “flax-egg”.  I also used blueberry jam.  The only thing I would do differently next time is add a little salt, but then again, I prefer salty things.

Ingredients:

1 C flour
1 C quick-cooking oat (I used old-fashioned)
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 C butter (I used earth balance)
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 egg (1T flax + 3T water)
1/2 C peanut butter
1/4 C milk (I used almond milk)
1 t vanilla
1/4 C strawberry jam, or jam of choice (I used blueberry)

Directions

1.  Grease a 13x 9 x 2-inch pan.
2.  Combine flour, oats and baking soda. Beat butter for 30 seconds; add sugars and beat till fluffy.
3.  Add egg, peanut butter, milk and vanilla. Beat well.
4.  Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture, beating until smooth.
5.  Spread mixture in pan. Dot with jam or jelly and swirl
6.  Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
7.  Let cool. Cut into bars.

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Practicality is something that comes naturally to some folks.  What comes naturally to you?  Are you practical? reasonable? or are you more out-of-the-box?