happy birthday! coconut raisin walnut agave

Happy Birthday om of the day!

Yes, it’s been a year since this little blog started and I can say in all honesty it has been so much fun!  I’ve successfully experimented with a different way to experience oatmeal. Everyday. For one year.

So what now?  Well, I’ll still keep eating oatmeal…but perhaps won’t post quite as much.  We’ll see how it all works out, perhaps a book about oatmeal?  We’ll see…Let me know your thoughts if you have any.

For the last om of the year I chose a few of my favorite ingredients…

Ingredients:

2 T flaked coconut
1-2 T walnuts
agave to taste
1 T raisin

Directions:  Mix all together and eat up!

 

mOMent:  Endings are just really beginnings, aren’t they?

candied ginger and walnut

Sunday warmth!  It’s cold here in Northern California and a little warmth is good for the heart.  A little spicy ginger warms me right up…

Ingredients:
1 C cooked old-fashioned oatmeal
2 T chopped candied ginger
2 T walnuts

Directions: Mix all together and enjoy!

mOMent: How will you keep your heart warm and open today?

sesame walnut

We found these delicious walnuts at a restaurant in San Francisco and had to bring some home with us. They make a perfect addition to a wholesome breakfast. They are a little sweet and a little savory. Poyfect!


Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
2 T chopped sesame walnuts
1 t earth balance or coconut oil

Directions: Chop one tablespoon of nuts and mix in oatmeal. Garnish the remaining nuts on top! Enjoy!

Om,

Renata

mOMent: Each day presents choices. Make the choices you will remember as moving toward your goals and personal growth. Every day, make a little progress toward your goals…the journey is just as important is the destiny.

ginger walnut lime

This om of the day was inspired by some cookies I recently made. They were a big hit, and guess what…so is this om of the day!

Ingredients:
1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
2 T candied ginger
2 T walnuts, chopped finely
1 lime
1 T agave

Directions: Juice the lime and add to all other ingredients, mix well in oatmeal and enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent:  What do you do when the power goes out at home?  Do you pull out some candles and a few games to play with your family?  Or do you enjoy the silence and revel in the solitude?

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!

banana whole wheat oat bread

This recipe came from vegweb.  The only change I made was adding oats to the mix…of course!  It turned out delicioso, I used walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg.  A perfect combo.

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=29014.0

Ingredients:
3 to 4 ripe banana, mashed (The riper the better!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon ground flax seed
3 tablespoon water
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg & cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 1/3 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground oats
1/4 to  2/3 cup nuts (raw unsalted is best, I like mixing half sunflower seeds, half chopped walnuts)
Additional small handful of seeds/nuts for top of loaf

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Mix ground flax and water in a small bowl, set aside. Mash bananas in a bowl, add oil and mash a bit more until well mixed. Don’t worry about making it smooth, the bananas should be a little lumpy. Mix in the sugar, flax mixture, vanilla, and spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Mix in flour and desired amount of nuts (try adding them 1/4 cup at a time.)

3) Grease loaf pan and pour mixture in. Add seeds/nuts to the top of the loaf. I usually use about 1/4 cup.

4) Bake for 45 minutes to and hour. Test done-ness by inserting a butter knife into the loaf. It should come out clean. Cool the bread on a rack to keep the edges from getting soft. ENJOY!

Notes:
– The sugar can be adjusted to taste pretty easily, molasses or other sweetener generally works fine in this recipe, if you’re using liquid sweetener (i.e. molasses) increase the flour a little bit. The dough should be soft and sticky, but still definitely doughy.
– Chocolate chips also make a wonderful addition to this bread, just go easy unless you dramatically reduce the sugar or have an intense sweet tooth to satisfy.
– If you have bananas that are overripe, but not enough time to make bread right now, throw them in the freezer. Not only will they keep a long time, but freezing them intensifies the flavor.

Source of recipe: This recipe is a modification of the recipe on this website : http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001465banana_bread.php

Makes: 1 4×8″ loaf, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 1 hour

mOMent: Sometimes sticking it out in a situation takes more courage and hope than we expected, but the outcome is always better when decisions are made from a place of truth and passion, and action is taken at the appropriate time.