111. salty sweet oat cookies

I got a new book from the library, which I’m pretty sure I’m just going to end up buying. I haven’t even gotten through about 20 of the pages and I already stopped and made two things. The book is Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites.

First up I saw the recipe to make these Salty Sweet Oats. They combined lots of good things: oats, pretzels, maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon. Its kind of like a snack mix, but I guess you can use it as a granola too. I think it would be extra yummy with some chopped almonds or peanuts too!

Then I took those salty sweet oats and turned them into cookies! These turned out really good. What you get is a nice, thick, chocolatey, sweet and crunchy cookie. YUM.

61. oatmeal breakfast smoothie.

Tonight I’m leaving on a plane to head to NYC. So this week has been pretty food heavy, but I hope to have some crafty things in store next week – Today I give you a smoothie….one of my favorites. It reminds me of the oatmeal shakes you get at Irazu.  Not dead on, but similar for sure. Its a thinner smoothie than you might be used to, but I love the sweetness from the dates and cinnamon. Reminds me of horchata. I’m sure you can definitely play with this basic formula and mix and match and come up with all kinds of delicious combinations. I know I plan to…. But for now, this is the basic go-to recipe.

1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup yogurt (I used soy)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 dried dates
Ice cubes

* Try adding a frozen banana or subbing banana for apple. both options = YUM!

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