The Best Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

My brother has made these cookies over and over again, and each time I  turn into a sort of cookie monster. They’re so delicious and chewy, plus they don’t crumble all. This cookie has everything you could possibly want in a cookie, and they’re all healthy ingredients (well except for the chocolate chips).

The Best Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

This is definitely a recipe to save, and it is one that makes the house smell deliciously warm and comfy.
The Best Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve also started to participate in The Little Plantation’s Instagram Photography Challenge, and these cookies were one of my entries. There’s more at my Instagram feed.

The Best Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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These cookies, thanks to my brother, have become a staple in my house and they’re packed with everything healthy.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups oat flour (blend regular oats in a food processor to make oat flour)
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tbsp. shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp. cranberries
4 tbsp. almonds, chopped
2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. chia seeds
5 dates, pitted and chopped
5 dried apricots, chopped
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cup coconut oil, melted
4 tbsp. almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 °C (350 °F). In a medium bowl, stir together the oat flour, oats, salt, baking soda, coconut sugar, shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
  2. Add in the cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, dates and apricots.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, coconut oil and almond milk.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop and compress the dough into the scoop. Put the cookie on the parchment paper and squish it so it’s flatter. Do the same for the rest.
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes. They will be soft, but after they cool down the cookies will be firmer. Can keep for 5 days in an airtight container.

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Berry Almond Quinoa Porridge

Berry Almond Quinoa Porridge

My brother recently took out a big stack of cookbooks we had stashed in a cabinet to find some creative ways to make breakfast and lunch. I think he gave up pretty quickly, as usual, but he never moved them back into the cabinet. Since the stack of books was right in front of me, I rifled through them and was intrigued by the concept of quinoa porridge in The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook. This cookbook was gifted to me by a friend, and the recipes are quite easy and interesting to make.
Berry Almond Quinoa Porridge

The next morning, I made it and changed a few things, such as replacing the milk with almond milk, switching the sugar with maple syrup or honey, and changing the toppings.Read More »

Banana Acai Smoothie Bowl

Banana Açai Smoothie Bowl

Açai has been everywhere on Instagram so when I saw a packet of açai puree at Trader Joe’s, I jumped at the chance to finally make my own açai bowl. First of all, for those of you who wonder what açai is, it’s a berry that comes from Brazil and it contains a lot of antioxidants. I’m not sure about the rest of the claims, such as preventing diseases and weight loss, but açai sure is delicious.
Banana Acai Smoothie Bowl

I always thought it was pronounced a-KAY, but it’s not! The real spelling is açai, with a c-cedilla, so that means the ‘c’ is said softly and the ‘i’ is not silent. The correct pronunciation is ah-sah-EE. You’ll thank me in the future when you’re faced with the prospect of ordering something with açai and don’t want to embarrass yourself pronouncing it.
Banana Acai Smoothie Bowl

I added 1/2 cup almond milk in my açai bowl, which was a bit too much because it doesn’t have the consistency of scoop-able ice cream, so I revised the recipe and cut the milk down to 1/3 cup to make it thicker.
Banana Acai Smoothie Bowl

Banana Açai Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A smooth and delicious bowl of creamy goodness. Made with bananas, blueberries, açai and spinach, this is sure to subside the sweet cravings for the day.
Ingredients:
2 bananas, peeled
1 packet of Trader Joe’s açai puree, put under warm water for 5 seconds
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup spinach, washed
1/3 cup almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and thick. It should have the consistency of ice cream. Divide smoothie into two bowls and enjoy right away with toppings such as berries, granola and coconut flakes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Almond Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Almond Cake

I made this cake to clear out the very ripe strawberries in our fridge and use up the last stalks of rhubarb. This is a gluten-free almond cake with strawberry and rhubarb and it is so delicious. It’s also healthy because it has fruit, coconut sugar (which is better for you than white sugar), and almond flour. I have to admit, the cake won’t win any beauty contests, but I have high regards for the taste.
Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Almond Cake

This recipe comes from a combination of an almond cake recipe from Well Plated by Erin and my own mixture of fruit on the bottom. The most famous upside down cake is probably the colourful pineapple one, but I would choose this one over the pineapple one any day.Read More »

Healthy Coconut Lavender Ice Cream

Healthy Coconut Lavender Ice Cream

Okay, I promise my vacation post will be up soon, but while I finish it up, I’m leaving you guys with an ice cream recipe. And it’s not just any ice cream recipe. This one is:

  • Dairy-free
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Flavoured with lavender and blackberry
  • No churn

Healthy Coconut Lavender Ice CreamWhen summer is hot, ice cream is the perfect way to cool yourself down. I really wanted to make something healthier than the normal ones, so I did! We have a bunch of lavender in the garden which dried out due to the heat, so it was perfect for the recipe. There’s also a lot of wild blackberries around our neighbourhood, so my brother and I always go out with a container in hand to pick them all. Well, all that we can take. There’s always this annoying little group of perfectly ripe blackberries just a bit too high and deep in the bush for us to pick.Read More »

Fig, Banana and Peach Smoothie

After a 6-week long holiday in Europe, I’m finally back home. It was a beautiful trip, which I will post about later, but for now, you’ll have to content with a smoothie recipe. One thing about traveling is that you can’t always find the healthiest foods all the time, so I’m trying even harder to eat healthy now that I’m home. For example, this was my first smoothie in 6 weeks!!! And I think I passed my monthly quota of meat and potatoes by a mile. Whoops.
Fig, Banana and Peach Smoothie

This smoothie is the sweetest smoothie I’ve ever tasted, and this is without any additional sugars. The sweetness mainly comes from the figs, which came from our own fig tree! The rest of our garden exploded as well, including the lettuce and zucchini. The only thing that kinda turned for worse was the grass. Brown grass is not that nice… Anyways, I’ll try to finish up the vacation post soon (hopefully), and make more food!Read More »

No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

Sometimes we all need a bit of extra energy. Especially when it comes in the form of a sweet and nutty ball with matcha and dates. These bites literally melt in your mouth! And I absolutely adore the soft texture of the dates with a bit of crunch from the almonds and chia seeds.
No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

I call this the easiest and healthiest dessert, snack, whatever, invented! (My dad called them donkey shit but whatever, it’s the taste that counts, right?) It only takes 5 minutes to blend all 5 ingredients in a food processor before popping them in the fridge for a few hours. I may or may not have also licked the pot sparkling clean while waiting for the bites to firm up.Read More »

Gluten-Free Cranberry Scones

My mom makes the best scones ever. No kidding. Every time she makes them people always ask for the recipe. Recently, we’ve had some gluten-free people ask for a modified scone, so she provided! And it tastes (well to my opinion) even better than her original scones.
Mom's Gluten-Free Scones

There is still butter in it, but sometimes you have to embrace it. I love how these scones melt in my mouth and the cranberries give it some extra sweetness.Read More »