gran gala blueberries and pb

Gran Gala & peanut butter seem like an unlikely couple, but they go well together surprisingly…


1 C cooked oatmeal
1 T peanut butter
1-2 T gran gala soaked blueberries

Directions: Mix together and enjoy!



mOMent: Peace on Earth and mercy mild…


Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies!

These cookies are one of the standards of our Christmas baking celebrations. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The crunchy pecans and tart-sweetness of the cranberries really make a complex and well-rounded flavor and texture. They are really, really delicious!

Makes about 48 cookies
2 C all purpose flour
1 t baking soda
½ t baking powder
½ t salt
1 C (2 sticks) Earth Balance, room temp
1 C granulated white sugar
1 C packed brown sugar
2 flax eggs (2 ½ T flax meal 6 T water)
1-3 t vanilla
1-2 pinch cinnamon (or ½ t? ish)
1 pinch nutmeg
2 C oats
1 C dried cranberries
1 C chopped pecans

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix flax and water in a separate dish and let gel up.
3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
4. Beat Earth Balance in a bowl until softened (but not liquidy). Beat in flax eggs until well combined.
5. Beat in vanilla.
6. Beat in sugar.
7. Mix in flour with rubber spatula.
8. Mix on low for 5 seconds. Batter will be thick.
9. Stir in oats, cranberries and pecans.

10. Drop by the rounded tablespoon onto parchment cookie sheet, roll into balls and place 2-inches apart. (Try to keep the dough cool in between baking sessions, I keep mine in the fridge)
11. Cook 11 minutes, until golden brown.
12. Cool cookies on sheets for 1-2 minutes then transfer to cookie racks and cool completely (or eat while hot!)



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mOMent:  Sometimes all you need in life is a good, hot cookie…

orange apricot oatmeal crumble

This was our Christmas dessert, and my om of the day…

recipe adapted from here

Serves 12
2 cups dried apricots, thinly sliced
8 oranges, plus 1 tsp. grated orange zest
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped candied ginger
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. vegan margarine, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Cut ends from oranges. Stand 1 orange on cutting board, and slice away peeland pith. Cut orange into quarters; cut quarters into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Repeat with remaining oranges, and transfer to bowl. Stir apricots, currants, and candied ginger into oranges. Spread mixture in prepared baking pan.
3. Stir together flour, oats, sugar, orange zest, and salt in bowl. Rub margarine and vanilla into rice flour mixture with fingers until combined and mixture forms large crumbs. Spread crumb mixture over orange mixture.
4. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until top of Crisp is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes; serve warm.

cranberry honey and cinnamon


1 C cooked oatmeal
2 t dried cranberries
1 T honey or brown rice syrup
1/4 t cinnamon
salt to taste
a little butter or Earth Balance if you like

Directions: Mix all together, add to oatmeal and enjoy!



mOMent: Stay in the positive, but don’t forget why. If negativity begins to brew, see it for what it is and let it go in a healthy way…


clementine zest and coconut oil


My favorite oil (at least today that is…)

Almond flavored agave syrup…


Simmer until perfect and yummy!



1 C cooked oatmeal
1 Clementine, peeled and separated
2 t agave
zest from clementine
1-3 t coconut oil

Directions: Zest and peel Clementine. Add to small pan with coconut oil and agave. Simmer until warm and fragrant (just a few moments). Add to oatmeal and enjoy!



mOMent: The day after any holiday can be a day full of rest and relaxation for many of us.  What will you be doing today, if you celebrated Christmas yesterday?

peanut butter apple pear



1 C cooked oatmeal
1 T peanut butter
1-2 t agave
1/2 apple, chopped
1/2 pear, chopped

Directions: Heat peanut butter and agave in saucepan and add fruit. Add a little water if you need to thin it out a bit at first. Cook over low heat for a few moments until fruit softens.  Mix it in oatmeal and enjoy!



mOMent: What memories would you like to have in the future, of 2011? Imagine yourself in 2012…what are your favorite memories of 2011?