Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quinoa No-Bake Cookies

The other day, while the kids were napping, there was only thing holding me back from making some serious progress on my mile long to-do list.  

Thoughts of no-bake cookies consumed my mind.  

The problem was I was completely out of oatmeal.  This wasn't reason enough to give up.  I've been pretty obsessed with quinoa lately, mostly for breakfast.  Since quinoa has so gracefully taken the place of oatmeal in my life lately, I figured it might make an acceptable substitute. 

The texture was different than traditional oatmeal no-bakes, but they successfully satisfied my craving...and both kids loved them.


1/4 c Earth Balance
1/2 c natural peanut butter (I prefer chunky)
2 T nutritional yeast
1/4 c dark cocoa
1/3 c sucanat (or other granulated sweetner)
1 t vanilla
1 c cooked quinoa  (about 1/2 c uncooked)
shredded, unsweetened coconut
Heat Earth Balance and peanut butter over medium/low heat until combined.  Add nutritional yeast, sucanat and cocoa and stir.  Finally, add the vanilla.  (The mixture will be fairly thick.)  Combine the chocolatey mixture with the cooked quinoa.  Then scoop mixture onto cookie sheet, sprinkle with coconut and chill in the fridge for an hour or two. 

Enjoy! :)

(Makes about a dozen cookies.)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My very first blog post

I have journaled daily for over fifteen years.  

Every. single. day.  

Okay, so there have been sporadic days I have been unable to pick up my journal & pen due to a heaping pile of ungraded papers or a cuddly baby to rock (me) to sleep, BUT rest assured I stayed up a little later the next night to do my make-up work.  The result?  A trunkful of 30+ (and counting) journals in my storage room.  Will I ever read all of these again?  I don't know. But there is something inexplicably comforting about being able to tell someone what I did seven years ago last Tuesday if I wanted to.  Some say I am a bit obsessive about certain things...clean pillowcases, body combat, white teeth, chocolate, my kids.  I'm going to go ahead and add journaling to the list. 

So, over the last couple months I have popped in and out of various blogs.  I'm especially enticed by blogs focusing on healthy living/recipes.  I have been trying all kinds of healthy, often vegan, recipes that have caught my eye and also dabbled a bit in creating my own.  This has made me itch to start my own blog.  This won't take the place of my journaling, but it'll be nice to have a place I can share with others instead of just stuffing it all in a trunk downstairs.