Many things are happening this week. From the awfully hot weather to the absence of the public transportation that takes me to work. If you’re living in the Bay Area, you might have experienced the same ‘no Bart’ issues these days. Sadly, my 1-hour commuting time turned into a long 2.5-hours on Monday mornings. Luckily, I am able to work from home on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; unlike my friend, who lives nearby from us, about 10 minutes away. He managed to get to work by bus on Monday after 2 hours and 15 minutes on the road, but the next day, his commuting time increased to 3 hours and 5 minutes. Note that according to the GPD/Google maps, the journey from his home to his office was supposed to only take 30 minutes by car. So, yeah, it has been a super tiring week… all the more reason to have cookies! (more…)
There are few things that I kinda try to avoid making in the kitchen. Oatmeal bars, for instance. For some reasons, I find it to be intimidating. The thought of making homemade granola bars never occurred to me until a few weeks ago. As it turned out, I was having so much fun making these tasty bars! The only problem is they are very addicting and I’m so madly in love with them. Seriously – what’s not to love about oatmeal and chocolates? You just can’t go wrong making them!
Pretzel Oreo Oatmeal Bars
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup nutella spread
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup chopped pretzels
- 1/2 cup chopped oreo
- Optional: Dried cherry
- In a sauce pan, melt butter with brown sugar, honey, and nutella.
- When the mixture has melted and is combined well, stir in old-fashioned oats, oreo, and pretzels.
- In an 8 x 8 pan, place a piece of parchment paper to fit. Spread the granola mixture into the pan, then press it in firmly. Sprinkle dried cherry over the top.
- Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up. Cut into bars and serve.
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I want a healthy lifestyle – I’m sure you’ve heard it somewhere, or even that’s part of your resolution this year. Each year, I always try to eat more greens and less greasy stuffs. Well, I’m sure you get the idea. I am a believer that a perfect day starts with a good breakfast, and that’s what my parents have been teaching me. However, often times, I prefer to sleep in rather than prepare a nice and healthy breakfast *guilty smile*. Good news – this oatmeal breakfast is so easy to make, and has a creamy and rich ingredients! Another good news is you can make this 4 days ahead of time and freeze it.
Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Berries
Make: 2-4 casserole cup
- 1 cup lightly toasted cashews
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs agave syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup mixed berries
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chip
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a blender, combine the cashews and oats until smooth.
- In a bowl, combine the applesauce, vanilla extract, agave syrup, sea salt, and milk; then combine with oats mixture. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the mixture into the casserole dish, then add half of the berries and dark chocolate chips. Pour the remaining mixture, then add the rest of berries and chocolate.
- Bake for 25 minutes until the top appears dry. Let it cool and serve warm or cold. I like mine with a touch of agave syrup on top.
Tired of something sweet yet? Or perhaps you need something different? I’ve been enjoying cookies every day since November, and not just one kind. So last week I decided to try something different. Well, still in the context of cookies.
My friend sent me this recipe and asked if I could make this for her. Sure, what not to love about sharing, right? It was completely different than any kind of cookies I’ve tasted. It’s crunchy, salty, and pretty much a perfect match if you’re not a sweet tooth.
Oatmeal Bacon Waffle Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Cuisine Holiday Cookies
Oatmeal-Bacon Waffle Cookies with Espresso Icing
makes about 3 dozen cookies
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 strips of bacon, finely diced
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 Tablespoons (4-ounces) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, combine the oats and cinnamon; set aside.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until browned and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon pieces to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour the bacon drippings over the oat mixture to soak.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla until the sugar dissolves.
- Preheat a standard (not Belgian) waffle iron. Add the flour mixture, sugar mixture, and reserved bacon pieces to the oat mixture; stir to combine. Spray the hot waffle iron with non-stick spray and drop about 1 tablespoon of batter into each section of the iron. Close the iron and cook until the cookies are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool. (The cookies will be soft, but will crisp as they cool). Repeat with remaining dough.
*Note– recipe can easily be halved or doubled
How do you start your day? I got that question quite often lately and the answer is pretty simple. I get up at 8 and stay in bed until 8.15, have breakfast that includes waffle, bacon/ sausages or scrambled eggs, and fruits. Nice, isn’t it? However, mine is actually the opposite.
My day starts at 6am, snooze and snooze, check any urgent issues, get ready, and grab breakfast that I have prepared the night before. So, having a nice breakfast is a must. On most days, I usually have toast, muffins, or waffles. However, I added more varieties lately and one of them is this overnight chocolate banana oatmeal. Quick and easy preparation and healthy! It’s definitely a nice treat to start the day.
Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 cup chocolate soy milk
- 1-2 ripe bananas
- Optional: chocolate granola or fresh fruits
- Combine all the ingredient, except chocolate granola or fresh fruits, in a jar. Cover with lid and shake until combined.
- Refrigerate overnight. Top with chocolate granola or fresh fruits in the morning and enjoy!
Now, let’s switch gear to snacking. I tend to snack during the day or in between activities to keep me stay alert. My schedule is pretty packed and I normally don’t get home until 10 at night; hence eating healthy is an absolute.
I’m so excited when I heard about NatureBox during FoodBuzz Festival. So what is NatureBox? Some of you might have heard it. NatureBox is a local company that focuses on making healthy eating easy for us. They focus on snacks because that’s the easiest habit to change and they take pride in picking the healthiest and most delicious snacks to enjoy. Each item is carefully sourced and nutritionist approved, and their products are made from the most wholesome ingredients and still taste great! Everything inside NatureBox will be guilt free so that we can feel great about what we’re eating. Isn’t it great? My favorites are blueberry almond bites and antioxidant boost.
But wait, We (I) don’t want to keep this to ourselves, so NatureBox has decided to share this delicious and healthy snacks with you all. One lucky reader can enjoy a box filled with NatureBox.
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I’m so happy to introduce you my new friend, Alex from Yums and Loves. We met through Bakin’ Friends, an online community that connects bakers, bloggers, foodies, and people who just like sweets! I really enjoy being part of this group. This month’s secret ingredients is oatmeal and I was jumping ups and downs when this package arrived. Not only this tastes amazing, but it also comes with recipe. That means I can bake on my own when I crave more of this and of course, share the recipe with you all.
Bakin’ Friends is definitely a fun way to make new friends. I hope you can participate so we get a chance to know each other better. In case you’re wondering about this penpal, check it out here.
Makes one 9×13 pan
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups oats
- 1½ cups melted butter
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 12-oz. jar caramel ice cream topping
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 bag (11-12 oz.) chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, butter, and baking soda. Stir until combined.
- Press half the mixture into the bottom of your pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over your crust.
- Spoon caramel over the top. Sprinkle on sea salt.
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool before cutting.