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Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie. Vegan and Gluten Free

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

Since discovering this oatmeal cookie recipe I have made it, recreated it, and made it time and time again mostly for selfish reasons so that I could always have oatmeal cookies around the house and partly because the recipe is perfect and should be shared with everyone. There is something so soul searchingly comforting about oatmeal cookies around the Holidays. This cookie recipe is gluten free, vegan, and chewy. Say that again? Yes, gluten free, vegan, AND chewy. Hoorah! Folks, finding a a chewy oatmeal cookie that’s not packed with brown sugar and egg is rare to come by. So Happy Holidays to you and be sure to make this one for all your loved ones this week.

 

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

 

This cookie was inspired by the Texanerin’s original “The Best Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie” recipe. I have searched high and low for inspiration to the perfectly soft and chewy oatmeal cookie, and I found it. This one I added coconut sugar, cardamom, orange and vanilla, cranberries, and it’s vegan. It’s Christmas in a cookie.

 

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

 

Aruyveda teaches that the winter season is characterized by feeling grounded, slow movement, cold weather, increased moisture like snow or rain and these qualities represent kapha or vata dosha (two of the three functional energies in nature that are found in body and mind). The doshas are like a blueprint for the human experience – providing information about physical and mental processes. Pitta being the third. In aruyvedic medicine, it is said that we have characteristics of all three doshas but have more qualities of two that ideally balance one another. Our daily routine, sleep, diet, the seasons and much more all have an effect on kapha, vata, or pitta alike that then give profound insight into our daily mental, emotional, and physical experience.

I find Eastern medicine to be fascinating. How it relates to our gut, diet, cravings, and nutrition is even more fascinating. Winter is the season where our digestive fire is the strongest. It seems intuitive that the winter requires more fuel to stay warm and healthy. At least it is for me. This time of year I crave all things comfort – from soups, to stews, to root vegetables, mostly cooked foods, potatoes, warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger, and oatmeal cookies. These foods and the nutritional value they hold actually better support our digestion in the winter months. Certain foods are characteristic to each dosha and can support the balance or in turn, the imbalance of each.

It just so happens that orange is actually a fruit to favor in the winter. I added vanilla and orange because I love those two paired with cranberries, but it’s pretty cool how those cravings can actually be associated to a greater meaning of health and mindfulness.

 

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

 

I hope you can enjoy this recipe even more now knowing that you are supporting your body. I have said this before, and I am going to say it again, “You can literally have your cake and eat it too” with this one. Don’t you just love when that happens?

 

Yields 16 Cookies

Chewy Holiday Oatmeal Cookie

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups gluten free oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 2 Tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons cardamom spice
  • 3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground chia seed + 4 Tablespoons water
  • 4 drops Orange Bliss DoTerra oil or 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract with zest from one orange
  • 1/2 cup choice of nuts (I used macadamia nuts)
  • 1/2 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine ground chia seed and water in small bowl and let coagulate
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients stirring well with a wooden spoon or using a mixer with paddle attachment
  4. Add ground chia seed mixture and mix well until fully incorporated into dough
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until the kitchen smells like Christmas
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely. *These will set more as they cool and become nice and chewy.
Cuisine: Cookie Recipe |

Notes

Store in an airtight container from up to five days for best quality or freeze for up to two weeks... if they last that long.

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Calories
551 cal
Fat
17 g
Carbs
88 g
Protein
17 g


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Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

When I first started this blog I wasn’t sure how it would go, what I would write about (well, food was the obvious motivator but I mean to say, what my writing would be like), or how into the blogging I would be. I had an idea that I would like to write about my passion with all things food and maybe what I did on the weekend, but I was nervous to actually sit down and write something. I am not a writer. I mean I did rock the short stories in the third grade in my writing club and maybe won first place once or twice… but that was third grade. I think it was my wild imagination that got that shiny piece of paper saying, “Job Well Done,” and not my actual skills on crafting a compelling premise or grammar at that. I always think who cares? I should just post the recipe and leave the writers and publishers to write and publish. But then I get a phone call from my Mom the next day saying she made my pumpkin granola or a comment on a post from my Dad. And I feel like that’s a win. So Mom, Dad, this ones for you. And thanks for being my number one fan.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

This recipe is actually for anyone who loves a comforting bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or a post workout snack. It puts a measly bowl of sloppy oatmeal to shame. It can be brought along as a powered protein snack opposed to the glorified candy bar that is CLIF Bar.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

 

I imagine being back in Leavenworth, WA where my family has a house. Have you ever been? It’s one of the most beautiful and oddly (the only that I am aware of) German towns in the upper PNW you will find. Yea, it’s literally a Bavarian town, no exaggeration. Leavenworth was the Great North Railroad headquarters in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, (here’s a little Wiki search for you) the railroad was relocated to Wenatchee which was a detriment to Leavenworth’s economy. In the 1960s, two Seattle businessmen strategized how to rebuild and transform the struggling logging town. And the conclusion, Bavarian. It’s like stepping into Munich. It actually reminds me a lot of Innsbruck, Austria with the snowy peaks in the backdrop. As if the pretty building and snowy peaks aren’t enough for you – there’s beer, brats, and pretzels on every corner. And lederhosen.

Okay. I am redirecting myself back to my point. I imagine eating a big slice of this Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal square after a long mountain bike ride near the Ski Hill in Leavenworth. In Washington, riding is straight up then straight down. You get the killer workout with views of German town and the rewarding downhills. I don’t have a mountain bike in Hawaii, and while I miss the hard climbs and awesome downhill burns, hiking has been a great alternative. This recipe is the all around meal or snack alternative. I wish I had this recipe after a tough climb to the top of some ridge back in Washington. It’s the everything that can be flavored and made with anything.

 

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

(That’s my little beach cruiser in background with the bell on the handle bar. Not your standard mountain bike but it’s the perfect Kailua get around.)

This recipe was originally inspired by Cookie and Kate and her Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. I was brainstorming ways to make oatmeal a little more interesting. So I thought casserole. I mean the word casserole is the essence of either hiding an ingredient or spicing up a simple green bean. Am I right? So, fancy oatmeal you say? Oats in a casserole. And try not to automatically jump to your Grandmother’s Tuna Noodle Casserole like I do (Confession. Sorry mom. I was never really in love with that one). This is not your basic and bland casserole. It’s just like everything you hoped a bowl of oatmeal would be. So, search no longer.

And y’all, it’s so easy. I feel like I have to include that word into every recipe that fits the “in under an hour” description with limited ingredients or even better, one that is versatile and can be modified to pretty much anything you have on hand. When it’s baking in the oven, it smells out of this world good. You can eat with almond or peanut butter, add a little coconut cream and maple syrup on top for some extra sweet, hot or cold, at home or on the go.

So grab a baking dish, some oats, a banana, some spice, fruit, a bowl, and hop to it.

 

Yields 4-8 Servings

Apple and Fig Baked Oatmeal

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups gluten free rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup nuts,seeds (I used pecans and pepita seeds)
  • 1 ripe banana, about 1 cup
  • 1 green apple, sliced and chopped (leave a few slices to decorate top)
  • 1 cup dried fig, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon - all spice, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon - baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups nut milk
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons flax meal + 4 Tablespoons water)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • Raw Sugar *optional
  • *Optional toppings - coconut cream, almond butter, additional maple syrup or honey to drizzle on top, yogurt, additional fruit.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and toast nuts and seeds for about 10 minutes or until fragrant. All ovens are different so keep an eye on them as to not burn them.
  2. In a mixing bowl, use a fork and mash banana. Add another banana if it is under a half cup.
  3. Add wet ingredients to mashed banana - oil, nut milk, maple syrup.
  4. In a separate small bowl, mix together the flax egg and let sit for 5 minutes to coagulate.
  5. In another mixing bowl - mix dry ingredients - oats, vanilla extract, spices, baking powder, salt, chopped apple, toasted nuts and seeds.
  6. Add flax egg to wet mixture and stir well to combine.
  7. Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking dish for deep oatmeal slices OR a 9x13 inch dish for thinner slices.
  8. Scatter chopped fig on bottom of baking dish then cover with dry oat mixture.
  9. Pour the wet mixture overtop of oats in baking dish.
  10. Place sliced apple on top of dish to decorate. Sprinkle raw sugar on top to add a little more crunch.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until set and the entire house smells like pie.
  12. Top with coconut cream or your favorite yogurt, dollop of almond butter or some extra maple syrup on top.
Recipe Type: Breakfast , Snack

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If taking on the go - tightly wrap in foil (especially if planning to put in your bike jersey pocket).

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Calories
430 cal
Fat
8 g
Carbs
82 g
Protein
13 g


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Tart Grandma Betty Applesauce

My most recent travels was a whirlwind of sites, smells, and tastes of my childhood. There were early summertime nights spent in Morgantown, West Virginia then traveling south along the Appalachians on the Blue Ridge Parkway into Virginia and North Carolina. I had so much time planned out to sit down and write story after story of all these new recipes I have been creating and recreating back in Hawaii. However, when opportunities came to sit and write in the car or late at night, I felt eager to put the iPad down and just soak it all in.

Either that or just feeling really car sick from the unforgivingly windy roads. The moments that caught me most were the stars, the sounds of a whippoorwill or owl in the distance as I scan along the deep valleys that guide me to the horizons of the mountains of every hue of blue.

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Smelling the blooming mountain laurels and rhododendrons, the sound of flowing rivers that I grew up boating with my parents or even the smell of bacon at my grandmother’s house brought back so many childhood memories.

I realized in that moment, like I do time and time again, that being present in every moment has far greater clarity and meaning then any thought or idea I jot down in my journal. Besides, it’s not like I am going to forget that I like my grandmother’s applesauce so much.

 

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We were on our way to visit my dad’s side of the family in North Carolina, as I watched Pilot Mountain become clearer in the distance, I asked if anyone had any funny or memorable stories about my Grandma Betty and her cooking. Nothing in particular came up for anyone, other than the fact that everyone agreed on her thoughtfulness and attention to every detail in the kitchen. This goes without saying that she is a wonderful cook. She literally made (and still does to this day at age 84) every individual Vernon’s most favorite dish of hers. To put this in perspective, there are four generations running through the Vernon family. That’s like 30 sum dishes plus varying desserts like key lime pie, a 5 layer chocolate cake, and most likely a cobbler of some kind. She does all of this in a very small square footage of a kitchen. It’s insane. Like one of us would go without finding anything to eat or God forbid, starve. It’s also wonderful. The plate she puts down in front of you is her most deepest and truest self. A way of showing her love for each one of us. Between her and my mother, I have never questioned where I get my love for cooking and nourishing others. That’s the root of it. The root of why I am starting this blog, the root of why I feel it necessary to dedicate an entire page to Grandma Betty inspired recipes, the root of my hope to spread the curiosity, knowledge, and tools to recreate your most beloved “made with love” dishes from your favorite pastime to support a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle of all different shapes and sizes.

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So to kick off the Grandma Betty page of yummnes. Here’s my favorite. Simple, tart, and delicious Granny Smith Applesauce.

Yields 8 Quarts

Tart Grandma Betty Applesauce

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 - 10 granny smith apples
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt, to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Stevia Leaf droplets
  • 3 Tablespoons homemade ghee (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place peeled, cored, and cubed apples in a large 12-14 quart pot with a fitted lid along with 1 cup water and a pinch of salt. Bring to boil.
  2. When boiling, return heat to medium low and simmer, stirring often to keep apples from burning.
  3. Once the apples are tender when pierced with a fork and turned into a saucy mess, add 3 tablespoons of ghee (can omit if the taste of ghee isn't preferred) and stevia to taste. Start with 1/4 teaspoon stevia. You don't need much if you like it tart.
  4. When the flavor is where you like it, remove from heat and mash with a fork or potato masher. Leave some bite size apple pieces for some yummy texture.
  5. Garnish with lemon zest, cinnamon, clove or leave as is.
  6. That's it. Easy Peasy.
Recipe Type: Sauce

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze for several months.

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Calories
423 cal
Fat
11 g
Carbs
85 g
Protein
3 g


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