german bakery

These treats came from a german bakery somewhere in Southern California.  I found them at a Farmer’s Market in Laguna Beach.  I have to say…I wasn’t all that impressed.  But hey, we can’t all be perfect bakers, right?

 

mOMent:  How often do you eat something or participate in an activity to ‘people please’?  Do you think this is the most loving and appropriate way to act in most situations?

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peanut butter coconut oatmeal cookies

So this recipe is slightly adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.  I added about 1 cup of coconut flakes instead of the peanuts and used Rice Dream Horchata for the milk.  They turned out Dy-No-Mite!

Oats and flour

Yummy sugary peanut buttery sweetness

I love my mixer

Add coconut flakes

Still hot from the oven

Ready to devour…

Om,

Renata

mOMent: …and sometimes, everything is perfect.

beach cookie crumble

Yesterday I decided to try a new recipe from one of my favorite vegan chefs, Chloe Coscarellli.  She named these bars beach cookies, and they are fantastic.  Enjoy at your own risk!
Ingredients:
1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1 T coconut milk
agave to taste (I used a tablespoon and it was a bit sweet)
1 beach cookie (recipe here)
Directions: Mix oatmeal with coconut milk and agave.  Garnish with chewy coconut bar! Mmmmm…
Om,
Renata
mOMent: Are you ambidestrous?  If you aren’t…try to be, just for a few moments.  Switch it up and write your name with your non-dominate hand, or perhaps brush your teeth.  It’s fun, funny and good for your brain.

beach cookie crumble

Yesterday I decided to try a new recipe from one of my favorite vegan chefs, Chloe Coscarellli.  She named these bars beach cookies, and they are fantastic.  Enjoy at your own risk!
Ingredients:
1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1 T coconut milk
agave to taste (I used a tablespoon and it was a bit sweet)
1 beach cookie (recipe here)
Directions: Mix oatmeal with coconut milk and agave.  Garnish with chewy coconut bar! Mmmmm…
Om,
Renata
mOMent:  Emphasis on spirituality can often lead one to forget about the importance of our physical nature.  Do something today to celebrate your body and notice how great you feel!

peanut butter oatmeal ginger cookies

This recipe originated from one of my favorite bakers ever! The original recipe can be found here: the ppk

I originally wanted to experiment with a peanut butter ginger combo.  So I scoured the internet looking for a great recipe for basic pb & o cookies.  This recipe is fantastic, and while the cookies came out a bit fluffier and chewier than I had hoped the flavor is spot on and delicious.

Ingredients
6 oz firm silken tofu (1/2 a package of the vacuum sealed kind)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup soymilk
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
2 cups sugar or sucanat
4 teaspoons molasses
2 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt 1-1 1/2 cups crystallized or candied ginger, chopped into small pieces 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Directions
Preheat oven to 350

In a medium bowl, sift together whole wheat pastry flour, oats, baking soda, salt ginger and cinnamon.

In a seperate large bowl, cream together peanut butter and sugar with a spatula until well combined, 3 – 5 minutes.

In a blender, crumble the tofu in, add applesauce, soymilk and oil. Whiz on high until completely smooth. Add this mixture to the sugar mixture and cream together until well combined. Beat in the molasses and vanilla. Fold in the oats/flour mixture.  Lastly, add ginger pieces and mix well.

Drop by rounded spoonfulls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the tops by lightly pressing with a fork in a criss cross pattern. Bake for 15 minutes.

Ren-oaty Granoly Cookies

I decided to re-create a cookie I once had in Sonoma from a cute little coffee shop.  It was this fantastic oat-based cookie with honey and nuts and seeds.  It was filling and tasty, but not vegan.  So I thought I would try it at home with my modifications.  I’m very, very pleased with how they came out.  Please try this at home.

Servings: 24

Ingredients:

2 1/2 C old fashioned oats
1/2 C butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C brown rice syrup
1 t vanilla
1 T sesame seeds
1 T pumpkin seeds
1 T sunflower seeds
1 T shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 T ground chia (or flax) plus 3 T water
1/4 C cranberries

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together, add brown rice syrup and vanilla until mixed well.

Add oats and salt.  Fold in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cranberries and coconut. Mix well.

Finally add the “chia egg” by mixing 1 T ground chia (or flax) with 3 T water.  Add to the mixture and stir completely.

Spoon mixture into well greased or non-stick mini-cupcake tins.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool completely or they may tear apart easily.

Ahhhh…delicious…

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Sometimes creating something out of a dream can be a simple as asking your intuition.  “Hello, intuition?  Yes…nice to meet you, what is the next step in this process?”  You might be surprised by the answer!

Servings: 24

Ingredients:

2 1/2 C old fashioned oats
1/2 C butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C brown rice syrup
1 t vanilla
1 T sesame seeds
1 T pumpkin seeds
1 T sunflower seeds
1 T shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 T ground chia (or flax) plus 3 T water
1/4 C cranberries

Directions:

Preaheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together, add brown rice syrup and

vanilla until mixed well.

Add oats and salt.  Fold in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds,

cranberries and coconut. Mix well

Finally add the “chia egg” by mixing 1 T ground chia (or flax) with 3 T

water.  Add to the mixture and stir completely.

Spoon mixture into well greased or non-stick mini-cupcake tins.  Bake for

25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool

completely or they may tear apart easily.

Ahhhh…delicous…

Rate the recipe here

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Sometimes creating something out of a dream can be a simple as

asking your intuition.  “Hello, intuition?  Yes…nice to meet you, what

is the next step in this process?”  You might be surprised by the answer!