power puffs!

These power puffs are so puff-tastic!  I highly recommend them.  I have never used millet before and I will certainly be using it more often.  It’s fluffy, light and has more protein than puffed rice.  These little power puffs are a perfect snack with a hot cuppa joe. You can easily cut this recipe in half if you aren’t trying to feed an army.

These are so good that my husband brought them to his Tai Chi class this morning and vanished with a request for more next week…I highly suggest you give these a whirl.

Makes 36-40 Power Puffs

Ingredients

4 cups puffed millet cereal
2/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped (or nut of choice)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 cup brown rice syrup
1-2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
salt if desired

Directions
1. In a medium bowl, mix cereal, raisins, cranberries, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

2. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Cook over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until warm and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until thoroughly coated.

3. Wait until cooled slightly, the peanut butter mixture can get very hot, then mold into balls (the size of golf balls). Transfer mixture to a cookie sheet to continue cooling.

Tip – it helps to dampen hands, this mix can get very sticky.

Nutrition Facts for 36 Power Puffs: Calories: 112.8, Total Fat: 5.5 g, Total Carbs: 14.5 g, Protein: 2.8 g

mOMent: Do you believe in the soul? What is your soul yearning for today? Is it millet?

I’m entering this recipe here also:  http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2011/07/21/wellness-weekend-july-21-25-2011/

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valentine’s day!

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
1 T white chocolate peanut butter
dried cranberries – enough to make a heart, plus a little extra

Directions: Mix oatmeal and peanut butter well. Garnish with a heart full of cranberries!

Om,

Renata

mOMent: Love is perfect everlasting and unchanging yet it can change everything in us and around us if we are willing to let go of our definition of it. If we choose to define what love is then we are also defining what love is not. Thereby limiting not loves’ capacity, for it is infinite but that of our own to recieve it or recognize it. When we choose to embrace our true nature we open ourselves to the powerful reality that we are not only in love, love also is in us. More accurately we are love, all of us. The illusion that we are not love allows us to feel pain. Pain is just another way to remind us to drop the definition of (or the illusion of separation from) love. Open yourself to the possibility that you are more and there will be more possibilities open to you.
❤ Ruben McAllister
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apricot ginger cranberry

The best flavors of the season…mmmmm…

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
1/4 C orange juice
1/8 C apricot, dried, chopped
1/8 C candied ginger, chopped
1/8 C cranberry, dried chopped

Directions: Simmer all ingredients together until orange juice has soaked into all of the dried fruit. Mix in with oatmeal and enjoy!

Om,

Renata

mOMent: If you had to express your three most important beliefs or values, what would they be?


blueberry craisins

I was delightfully surprised this morning when I saw these samples at the gym. I wouldn’t normally purchase craisins but I thought, what the heck?! And hey…it was pretty yummy too!

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
1 100 calorie bag of blueberry craisins
1 t agave syrup (or more to taste)

Directions: Mix it all together and have a wonderful breakfast.

Om,

Renata

mOMent:

orange apricot ginger macadamia

These flavors work really well together and if you have time to let this slowly simmer it will prove to be one of your favorite recipes too. Enjoy…

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
1/2 C orange juice
1/8 C apricots, dried, chopped
1/8 C candied ginger, chopped
1/8 C macadamia nuts, chopped
1 T sugar

Directions: Simmer all ingredients together until most of the orange juice has soaked into the fruit. Mix with oatmeal and enjoy!

Om,

Renata

mOMent: Let your inner light shine today! Let it pour from your smile, eyes, heart and soul!

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!)

Om,

Renata

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