strawberry socca

This socca bread is meant to be a healthy treat. High in protein and naturally sweetened it is a perfect weeknight yummy for you and your hunny.

Ingredients:

1 pint of strawberries (or more!), sliced

1 c garbanzo flour

1 c water

1 t vanilla

salt to taste, can be omitted

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and water together until no lumps remain. Add in vanilla and salt, if using. Stir in about half of the strawberries in the mixture and pour into a parchment lined (or sprayed with cooking spray) pie dish. Place remaining strawberries on the top of the mixture for adornment.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the socca bounces back slightly when pressed.

Let cool, and enjoy this healthy treat.

 

Om,

Renata

Strawberry Anzac!

Anzac cookies are probably one of my favorite cookies! The richness of coconut, the depth of Lyle’s golden syrup all held together with oats, flour and sugar…oh yeah, and your favorite non-dairy butter too! How incredibly delicious this mixture is.

All I can say is THANKS AUSTRALIA for coming up with a perfect cookie.  Australians call these cookies biscuits and they were developed during the first World War for the soldiers.  They were perfect for travel because they do not contain milk or eggs, which means the soldiers had a yummy way to have sustenance while away.

The one secret ingredient is Lyle’s Golden Syrup.  I found mine at a local store that has an international section.  Look where you might find ingredients from the UK, you will likely find this sweet gem.

There’s only one way it could get better…add fruit! So which fruit goes well with coconut and oats? My pick is strawberry. I originally planned on making homemade strawberry jam but then got impatient (big surprise for those who know me) and bought a jar of organic strawberry preserves instead. I suppose that for this recipe you could use homemade jam and it would add another layer of deliciousness.

I made two versions of this mixture:

1. Strawberry Thumbprint Anzac Cookies
2. Strawberry Anzac Crumble

Strawberry Thumbprint Anzac Cookies

These cookies are sweet, rich and the texture is a little chewy, a little soft…and A LOT delectable.

The recipe is fairly straightforward:

1 C rolled oats
3/4 desiccated coconut (I use unsweetened)
1 C white flour
1 C sugar
125g (4oz) Earth Balance (1 stick)
2 T Lyle’s golden syrup
1/2 t baking soda
1-3 T water
1 10 oz. jar of strawberry jam or preserves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F

1. In a big bowl, mix oats, flour, sugar & coconut together.
2. In a little bowl, melt syrup and butter together.
3. In a baby bowl, mix soda with 1 T boiling water. Add to melted butter and syrup. Then add that to the dry ingredients. Mix together, add a little extra water if it seems really dry.
4. Place 1 T of mixture on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (allow room for spreading). Flatten with fingers just slightly and add a small spoonful of jam to the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with coconut as a garnish if desired
5. Bake for 20 minutes, checking periodically. These cookies have a tendency to brown really fast.
6. Let cool completely and devour.

Strawberry Anzac Crumble

Ok – this recipe was stumbled upon by mistake but will certainly be resurfacing in my house as a favorite. First make a batch of the Anzac cookie dough and gather any ramekins (I used 8-10 oz. ramekins). Depending on how large your ramekins are and how much jam you use, the measurements will vary. Have fun

Ingredients:

1 batch of Anzac Cookie Dough
Strawberry Jam
Dessicated coconut for garnish
Fresh strawberries (about one strawberry per ramekin)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

1. Prepare one batch of Anzac Cookie Dough
2. Layer about 1/4 inch of cookie dough in the bottom of ramekin. Press into the bottom of the ramekin.
3. Spread a thin layer of strawberry jam over the dough.

4. Add another layer (about 1/4 inch) of Anzac dough, but don’t press the dough down too much. The mixture will not completely fill the ramekin, but it will rise.

5. Garnish with strawberries and coconut.
6. Bake for 20-40 minutes depending on how gooey and delicious you like your crumbles. About 30 minutes will get you a nice browned edge with a soft berry-licious center.
7. Let cool, it will stay hot for quite some time. Enjoy…

Dig in!

kitchen sink

This morning I let my hubby do his own om of the day. I was a bit tired and just wasn’t very creative. So…he was! He put everything but the kitchen sink in his, and he tells me that he may have gone a little overboard. It might have been a bit too sweet he says, but he finished every last drop. He used mosto which was brought to us by our lovely friend and has a bit of a sweet vinegar taste…Interesting to say the least.

Ingredients:
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 t mosto
1 T lemon curd
1 T strawberry sauce
3 strawberries
butter to taste

Directions: Mix together and enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Sometimes letting someone else take the reigns is a good idea…

strawberries, brown sugar, chia & pom

This one just looks so pretty. And it’s pretty darn fantastic to mow down in the morning too. Love chia seeds!

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked oatmeal
3-4 strawberries, sliced
1 T brown sugar
1 T chia
1 T Trader Joe’s pomegranate seeds, dried

Directions: Mix together and enjoy!

mOMent: Doing good for others is very rewarding, but start with yourself first. How can you do that today?

strawberry & cinnamon sauce

Strawberries and cinnamon? Yep, you bet. And what a yummy mix of fall and summer…


Ingredients:
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1-2 T cinnamon sauce
5 strawberries
2 T water

Directions: Cut strawberries into bite sized pieces and simmer over low heat with cinnamon sauce and water until reduced to a sauce. Mix with oatmeal and enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: October is Vegetarian Month. Have you ever considered going meatless?

brown sugar & strawberry

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/2 C fresh strawberries
1 1/2 T brown sugar
1-3 t brown sugar for garnish
1 T water
2 T cream (I used soy creamer)

Mix strawberries water and brown sugar in a small sauce pan. Let simmer over low heat for 5 or more minutes, until the consistency becomes thick and gooey with chunks of strawberry.

Add strawberry mix to the bowl with oatmeal and milk/cream, stir well.  Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Take smaller bites if you can’t digest the whole thing at once… good advice from my mother, and applies to more than just what’s for breakfast…

cinnamon raisin peanut butter and strawberry sauce

Mmmmm…cinnamon, raisins, peanut butter AND strawberry!

Ingredients:
1 cup oatmeal
1-2 T cinnamon raisin peanut butter
1 T strawberry sauce

Directions: Mix all deliciousness together and enjoy…

Om,
Renata

mOMent:  If you are ever too buried in your life, climb higher…literally.  Go for a walk or hike and reach the top of a peak or hill.  You may feel a bit different with a new perspective.